Summer is synonymous with beach-going; sandy shores are key destinations during the season for many reasons, one of which being that they offer a rare respite whilst being outdoors—there’s water to cool you down and a refreshing sea breeze going all day long. And while it’s hard to imagine needing an extra layer during a heatwave, there’s something undeniably pleasing (sartorially speaking) about a sweater or sweatshirt at the beach.
Perhaps it’s the carefree vibe it gives off, like a surfer who has slipped out of a wetsuit and into a worn-in hoodie after finishing a session. Or maybe it’s the New England-inspired charm added by a striped half zip or pullover come dusk. There are a handful of editorials in Vogue’s archive with models styled in a combination of bikinis and beach sweaters, embodying a carefree summer look. It’s something to bring along for when beach afternoons turn into evenings, for barbecues or clam bake dinners (go for Bode’s literal take on lobster bake), or for time spent on a colder climate coastline.
Of course, any old sweater will do, but styles in open weaves or mesh, crochet, and lightweight fabrics are your best option for summer-appropriate beach sweaters. Think of it like a cover-up by day and added layer by night.
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