For those of you not from the Great White North, when you think of a typical Canadian girl, you probably don’t think of a die-hard beach type. Here’s the thing though: in Vancouver, we actually get exceptionally mild temperatures, ones that warm up nicely in the summer but don’t reach Toronto or NYC heatwave levels usually (it also means we don’t get intense winters either thankfully, I am not one for the cold).
Most West Coasters are pretty die-hard beach types, and if you’ve followed me here or on Instagram for awhile, you can probably then safely assert that I am a West Coaster through and through. Since my life effectively revolves around beach days during the course of the summer, I thought I’d give you a little Beach Teach, or Beach Style 101 if you will. Over the course of the week I’ll break down everything beach-centric, from swimwear to beach bag packing to a quick beauty look!
The first instalment in this series is the getting to the beach part, which for me means biking on my trusty Mojito (I name all my most-loved inanimate objects) to my destination.
I actually really prefer biking in skirts/dresses – aside from the fact that I think it looks cute (you can see my obsession with pretty girls on bikes here), it’s actually way more comfy than trying to hoist on a pair of denim cutoffs after swimming in seawater all day. Keep it light and breezy and something which is just long enough to not flap up and reveal too much. This O’Neill number is a winner – love the lace detailing in the back and the sweet bow. Bonus points if your dress goes with your bikini (worn underneath, of course) – it will help you get from beach to post-beach drinks all the more easily.
I’m actually a big believer in wedges with bikes (easier for the kickoff), but flats work perfectly too. My neon Tieks add a jolt of neon and are functional enough to get me to the beach in one piece. A word of caution against wearing flip flops or any sandals that can’t be secured: I had to learn the hard way that they can be mighty dangerous while biking, i.e. one of my flip flops shot right off of my foot in the middle of a busy intersection right in downtown Toronto and I almost lost control and got stuck in a track and a car honked at me and it was really scary. So just don’t!
What are your bike chic go-to’s? I commute by biking so the more tips the better!