Fresh looks for staying dry and stylish at the beach

November 20, 1997|By Elsa Klensch | Elsa Klensch,Los Angeles Times Syndicate

I had a traumatic experience as a child when I was pulled into the undertow, broke my arm and almost drowned. As a result, while I don't mind going to the beach, I never swim.

My boyfriend loves the water and he constantly tries to talk me into taking a dip. But I am happy to lie on the sand and read.

For vacation we are going to the island of Malta, and I need something sporty yet fashionable for the beach.

I don't like swimsuits because I have heavy upper thighs. What do you suggest?

Build yourself a swim wardrobe of separates. This will keep you feeling fresh as well as looking it.

David Chu, designer of Nautica, suggests you start with shorts, skirts and cover-ups that can take you from the beach to a casual lunch:

"Start with a pair of shorts with a flattering square cut. Look for them in water-resistant nylon. Then if you do get splashed it won't be a problem. You can pair them with a number of bare tops or T-shirts."

Chu says to remember versatility is key when building the wardrobe: "Strive for a look that's easy but still sportswear-driven."

Send questions to Elsa Klensch, Los Angeles Times Syndicate, 218 S. Spring St., Los Angles Calif. 90012.

Pub Date: 11/20/97

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