Today, I’m definitely daydreaming of being back in this beautiful place, a beach almost entirely to ourselves, taking in the scenery. It’s hard to believe this was just over two weeks ago, it already feels like ages ago.
This bathing suit is the third and final option that I purchased for the trip. You can see my other two suits here and here. As you may already know, finding budget-friendly options was the name of the game while I shopped for new swimwear this summer. I’m equally happy with the three suits that I ended up, as all of them have different characteristics that make them special and stylish.
This particular suit is perfect for days in the sun. The convertible straps can be removed for tan line free hours at the beach (but seriously, don’t forget your sunscreen!), and of course these hipster style bottoms are part bikini, part boyshort, which means you don’t have to worry about any cheeky business.
I tend to burn before I tan if I’m not careful, so it’s important to me to have cover-ups that provide some extra protection for days of several hours in the sun. I’m the person who applies SPF 50 sunscreen every hour. (When I was younger, I used to cook myself, covered in oil, every single day of summer break. I so regret that now, and try my best to be sensitive to the harsh sun.)
I found this linen tunic on sale at Old Navy for $13 before I left. I actually couldn’t find the exact one online, but it may still be available in stores. I figured, for that price, it would be great for rolling up in my carry-on, and I definitely wanted only linen fabrics for Hawaii. There’s a reason linen is so popular on summer clothes–you cannot beat it for adding protection without making you sweat.
And this hat? I found it in the dollar section of my local Target one day during lunch; I stopped in the other day and still saw a few available (I actually saw it in a mint/teal color as well). It was so perfect for our trips to the beach. The wide brim was great for protecting my face from too much sun. I can’t guarantee whether or not you’ll still be able to find this one in-store (I wasn’t able to find the exact one online), but even their regular priced options are budget-friendly at under $15.
If you’ve been following along with my outfit posts during this trip, then you know I heavily favored Old Navy and Target for all of my travel needs. Though I’m usually one to invest in high-quality pieces that will last, for items that require minimal wear, there’s just no sense in spending a fortune. I was perfectly happy with all of these affordable options for my trip!