پنجشنبه 1 خرداد 1393
It is one of the many ironies of this life that sometimes the best looks come from the least effort. That day you overslept and rushed out of the house and arrived at work to rave reviews of your “perfectly mastered bedhead,” the actual borrowed-from-your-boyfriend jeans you walk your dog in that somehow look artfully (rather than verifiably) ripped, the freshness of unmade-up skin, the two minutes in front of a mirror that end up looking like so much more. As life gets busier, one learns to revel in these small, genuinely effortless successes. Consider the oft-used trope but eventual actuality of a day at the beach: There are two clear approaches. You can load up on accessories and doodads, sunscreens and scarves and hats and matching sunnies, caftans, sarongs and sweaters and zip-up hoodies to go over your swimsuit—or, you could just pack an oversize white button-down. (Or if you’re me, several.)
Hear me out: Sunscreen you don’t skip, and sunnies are generally non-negotiable, but when it comes to the beach cover-up, all you need is a men’s white button-down. It’s an exercise in the perfect amount of allure. It’s all Risky Business with none of the real risk (thanks be to the swimsuit); it’s clean, it’s crisp (until too much sea air gets to it, and then it’s heavenly soft), it offsets a tan like nobody’s business and it’s both unexpectedly sexy (whose shirt is that, anyway?) and surprisingly elegant-looking for the beach. It’s got fashion lineage for miles—Katharine Hepburn in Holiday, Lauren Bacall in Key Largo, Audrey Hepburn’s princess pal-ing around with Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday, Peter Lindbergh’s Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele-styled supermodels cavorting in the sand for Vogue—what more could you want? Its simplicity as a garment is deceptive: It can be buttoned or tied, worn loose, or cuffed: It’s exactly what you want to be wearing when you’re heading off to your next sandy-footed adventure. And the best part? It looks like you had so much better things to do than stress about what to pack.