Sometimes it’s the little touches that take your outfit from average to enviable. Celebrities have stylists to calculate all the complicated nuances of putting together a look, but we aren’t all so fortunate. Luckily, tFS has put together some celeb-inspired styling tips and tricks to help you put together a look that’s got that extra oomph! Over the holidays celebs jet-setted to exotic locales—let Rachel Zoe, Mischa Barton, and Rihanna’s beachwear inspire you to escape from the winter blues to a sandy beach vacation (or at least dream about one). Plus, winter is the perfect time to get a great deal on an out-of-season bikini!
Tip #1: Sarong + floppy hat = tropical boho
Rachel Zoe relaxed with her family in St. Barts over the holiday season, strolling the white sands in a series of chic sarongs. Here she crafted the perfect tropical look, tying a brightly colored sarong over a bikini as a dress and rocking the ethnic print trend even when she’s off-duty. Zoe added boho beach essentials like a cross-body tote with a tie strap, oversized sunglasses, a floppy wide-brim hat and suede wedges (OK, maybe that last one on the boardwalk). The stylist’s most fashionable beach accessories? Marc Jacobs and ex Lorenzo Martone, with whom she was spotted soaking up the sun.
1. Gringo Fair Trade Patchwork Sarong Dress – $60; 2. American Apparel Floppy Wool Hat – $40; 3. La Perla Sarong – $65; 4. Marc by Marc Jacobs Oversized Sunglasses – $98; 5. Elizabeth and James Black Suede Harp Wedge – $135.99; 6. Friis & Compay Lombo Hobo Bag – $83
Tip #2: Look like a pin-up in high-waist sailor shorts and a halter bikini
Photo: Jeff Daly/WENN.com
We haven’t seen much of Mischa Barton lately, but she looked adorable wading in the surf at Miami Beach. Her vintage-inspired outfit is simple and would make anyone feel confident on the beach. Get the look by pulling on a pair of high-waisted sailor shorts with big nautical buttons over a polka dot halter bikini. Barton completed the pin-up look with some silver jewelry and sunny coral lips.
1. Charlotte Ronson Scalloped Sailor Short – $145; 2. Lorac Cream Lipstick in Pout – $19; 3. Elements Silver Bracelet Cuff with Stones – $19.95; 4. Shimmi Kiki Halterneck Bikini – $70; 5. Banana Republic Sailor Short – $49.50; 6. Delia’s Underwire Retro Balconet Top Tropical Dots – $29.50
Tip 3: A mesh cover-up is sexy and sporty
Rihanna may have been kicking back at the shore with her family in Barbados, but her beachy look was pure Miami. The popstar revealed a cute pink and orange zig zag print bikini through her jersey-like cobalt mesh cover-up. She hauled everything in a matching giant pink tote and kept the sun off with a baseball cap and wayfarers.
1. Charlie by Matthew Zink Zig Zag Bikini – $79; 2. Polo Ralph Lauren Signature Pony Hat – $35; 3. ASOS Mango Garda Wayfarer Sunglasses – $32.72; 4. Be Creative Mesh Cover-Up – $78; 5. Tory Burch Roslyn Foldable Tote – $95