There are many perks of living on the east coast in the summer! One of my favorites is spending as many weekends at the Jersey Shore as possible! We always go down to Ocean City, NJ: a quaint, Snooki free, perfect town. In fact, it's one of America's top family resorts!
For me, the best part of being at the beach is the boardwalk. With everything from shops to restaurants to rides...you are never bored...pun intended.
This past weekend I couldn't help but notice the fashion choices of girls my age walking down the catwalk...I mean boardwalk. It seemed like every 14 to 19-year-old was wearing high wasted shorts and a crop top. You could barely tell anyone apart. I understand making choices based on what's popular, but there is an extreme lack of individuality.
I believe that individuality and wearing what you feel is stylish makes you beautiful!
Gianna’s Dos & Don’ts
1. Wear what you feel comfortable in! The worst thing is being uncomfortable at the beach!
2. Don't over dress, the boardwalk is casual and includes a lot of walking. Flip flops, flats, Converse and TOMS are all great choices.
3. Don't show too much skin!!! Bikini's should stay on the beach...this is why you own that Lilly Pulitzer cover-up! Plus, most stores and restaurants have signs that say, "No shirt, No Shoes, No Service!"
4. Know your audience. That's someone's grandfather you are passing by, not a DJ. It's not a nightclub. Take your fist pumping outfits elsewhere!
5. Trade in your beach bag for a cute, lightweight cross-body or wristlet!
6. Calories don’t count on the boardwalk…so don’t count them! Kohr Brothers Frozen Custard, Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy, Manco & Manco Pizza and Johnson’s Popcorn will only make you happy!
It's very easy to fall into a trend, and there is nothing wrong with it. If you can rock a crop top and high wasted shorts, do it! However, I do think that high school girls are dressing way too scandalous on the boardwalk.
Unfortunately, my friends and I are totally guilty of wearing "really cool," “fashionable” outfits on the boardwalk circa 2002. One of my 15 year old self’s favorites included a deep blue tank top that ruched down the middle and split at the belly button to reveal my awesome adhesive bedazzled belly button art. I also remember wearing this horrible khaki colored, fisherman-like, floppy hat that "went with" far too many of my ensembles. I don't know if this helps my case, but at the time, I LOVED these trends.
With all of that said, coming from an older and wiser place in life, I agree that slutty is not cute. You can look adorable without being half naked.
Ashley’s Dos and Don’ts
7. High heels on the boardwalk are not only inappropriate, but wearing them puts you at risk of breaking either your shoe or your face.
8. It can get chilly at night. It makes sense to wear a sweatshirt...and even though it's overdone, the lifeguard sweatshirt will always be relevant.
9. Don't straighten your hair if it's affected by humidity. Frizz will be the only result.
10. Know that anything you say or do can be captured in time forever by someone else's iPhone…and used against you.
11. Don't expect to meet the love of your life, but expect to have some excellent stories. Sitting on the benches waiting to be approached generally results in random dudes wearing American Flag Chubbies, serenading you with a ukulele. (If you see our brother, tell him to get a new shtick.)
12. Take pictures in the old-fashioned photo booth’s...not the digital ones. When you find them in 10 years, they will make you smile. And, you can take a picture of them with your phone to put on Instagram for #tbt.