The Trials and Tribulations of Finding The Perfect Dress for The Beach
Being a Jersey Shore girl, I spent a majority of my summers as a teenager, lounging on the beach and strolling down the boardwalk with my girlfriends. I didn’t think much about what I wore because I had an assortment of tiny bikinis, shorts, and tank tops that I could mix and match and look fabulous. These days, I’m a mother of two little boys and pushing the age of thirty, so getting dressed for the beach causes its fair share of anxieties. To help me feel better about my womanly body and accommodate the physical demands of bringing two young boys to the beach with me, I decided that I would try wearing a dress over my motherly tankinis and one pieces. I thought they would fit better over my bathing suits and add a little fashion to my beach-going attire.
The first dress I decided to try was a maxi dress, that I bought from Old Navy. Since maxi dresses have been in demand for the past few summers, finding a cute one was not a problem. There were plenty to choose from. I really enjoyed the bright, bold, colors that were available and of course because they are so flowy they give such a beachy look to anyone. I couldn’t wait to get it home and give it a whirl at one of my beach days with the boys.
The big day came and I put on my tankini, maxi dress, and a big floppy hat. I loaded the boys up with their dump trucks, shovels, and pails. I looked awesome and felt great. I loved that my legs were covered up and I didn’t have to feel so self conscious about them.
After the maxi dress debacle, I dug through my closet to see what I could find. I found my old work clothes hidden deep in my closet and I got a little nostalgic going through my suits and pencil skirts. Then, it was like a little light came down from heaven and shined right on a little pink dress that I could hardly recall. The memory came back quick though. I bought the JJ Authentic shirtdress from TJ Maxx when I had just found out I was pregnant with my first son. I wanted something comfortable to wear to work that summer and would hide my belly until I was out of my first trimester.
The next week, I put on my pink and black one piece suit and my matching pink shirtdress. Again, I packed up my little men and all of their beach toys, towels, and snacks and headed to the beach. This time when we got to the beach I found getting around was much easier. The boys weren’t yelling at me to hurry up and I didn’t look like a total klutz. I felt great and l looked it too. I had a great time playing with my kids and didn’t worry about my cover up at all.
Now I’m on the search for more shirtdresses I can use as cover ups for the beach. I have yet to make it back to TJ Maxx, but it is definitely on my agenda. As for that maxi dress, I decided to keep it for date nights and wear it with a chunky pair of high heeled sandals. I just keep my beach cover up choices to the shirtdresses.