When it comes to the perfect summer day, it’s hard to beat the calm and relaxation of a day at the beach…am I right?  Now that summer is in full swing, I’m constantly looking for a reason to bury my toes in the sandy shore, and this little afternoon at Zuma Beach was just what the doctor ordered after a few non-stop work weeks. Whether I’m sneaking away for just a couple of hours or on an actual vacation, I love a beach look that can transition smoothly from a lounge chair to shopping, a local bar, or exploring other parts of a city. For that reason I tend to stay away from the cut-off shorts and tank top beach look.

I bought this chambray dress before going to Australia — it went from Sydney Harbor to Bondi Beach to margaritas at a nearby spot without ever once feeling out of place!  I have been drooling over this Coach x Saint James collection since it first started coming out in editorials this spring.  It seemed like the perfect bag for our upcoming summer trip to St. Thomas… and every other summer day leading up to it!

 I picked up these striped espadrilles at Marshalls last week–these and these are similar.

Now that I have shared my favorite beach combo, I would love to know what your’s is!  Do you pack a change of clothes or try to wear transitional pieces?

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    Chanel Dror | June 4, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Need that shirtdress. Desperately.

    • Camille Styles | June 4, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      I second that… it’s like my denim dreams, come to life! You look gorgeous as usual, J! xoxo

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    milynnl | June 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I am completely head over heels over this outfit! So cute for the beach life 🙂

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    Lindsay {Everistta} | June 4, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I want that shirtdress! so cute!!

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    Kat | June 4, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    This is cute! If only the shirtdress was actually available though…

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    Anna H. | June 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    My uniform is usually a cheap sundress and a hat – I’m partial to the fedora right now. I read somewhere that the reason celebs look so put together in their bathing suits is that they treat them like an outfit – they put pieces together and accessorize. I’ve been trying to make my suit into a look rather than just a suit.

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    kelsey | June 4, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    beautiful photos! i adore the photos on your blog
    kw ladies in navy

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    Deidre | June 4, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    How cute!!! Love the look & just received that dress in the mail today. Can’t wait to wear it:)

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    Supal {chevrons and éclairs} | June 5, 2013 at 2:13 am

    I’m definitely a kaftan kind of girl and a light maxi. But this is a perfect look!

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    Kat Rodriguez | June 5, 2013 at 5:37 am

    This dress looks so comfortable! The shoes, bag and jewelry complete the look perfectly!

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    Liese | lipstickandsoda | June 5, 2013 at 9:10 am

    very lovely beach outfit! i’m a change of clothes kind of girl myself 🙂 thanks for sharing!

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