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Thursday, 20 July 2017

5 ways to cover-up on the beach, over 40 | PPP

Somerville scarves blue kaftan & white panama hat | Fake Fabulous

This month Anna, Ann, Mary (our guest) and I are covering up on the beach.

Beach cover-ups are great for slipping over your bikini to grab a bite to eat at the BBQ, or a cocktail at the bar.

However, beach cover-ups in Scotland can be a totally different kettle of fish.
Scottish beach cover-ups tend to involve a fleece... or a waterproof!

Fatface shorts & wool jumper on the beach! PPP

So, in this post I'm showing you my "Real life on Elie beach" cover-up (above) alongside a beautiful (and a more traditional) kaftan sent to me by somerville scarves.

{I wasn't paid to write about any items featured in this post. I only talk about things I really like.)

Somerville scarves blue kaftan & white panama hat | Fake Fabulous

This kaftan is the softest cotton, and a delight to wear.
As for this paper panama hat?
Well, I just love it!

Somerville scarves blue kaftan & white panama hat | Fake Fabulous

I've hardly had it off my head since it arrived.
I'm sure it will be on the blog many times... if I don't wear it out first!

Of course this "Beach Outfit" hasn't seen a real beach yet.
My real-life beach outfit was certainly not as chic, effortless or elegant.

It involved lugging windbreaks, packed lunches, flasks of tea, soggy towels, and buckets and spades .... all while wrestling with an excited dog, and chasing hats down the windy beach!
Maybe a serene beach break will be my next holiday?

KAFTAN & HAT: c/o Somerville Scarves
SHOES: c/o Vionic
BAG: Tkmax

Vionic sandals | Fake Fabulous

Vintage Eyeglass Necklace | Fake Fabulous
Family Beach Fun, Elie (Scotland)  | Fake Fabulous

SHORTS: Fat Face....similar.
SHOES: c/o Vionic
JUMPER: Charity Shopped....similar.
GILET: Joules

Mary from Mary Murnane.

This is such a serene and simple look from Mary.
So beautiful.
I want to step through the photo and join her!

Beach cover-ups over 40 | Fake Fabulous

COVERUP: Neiman Marcus

Anna's strong swimmer's body is doing it's best to trick us into thinking she might be telling a porky pie about her 59 years!
This is how to rock a bikini and white ruffled minidress.... ageless and beautiful.
(Pop over to her blog to read more about the Loose Women campaign she is supporting.)

Beach cover-ups over 40 | Fake Fabulous

BANGLES & HAT : Charity shopped
SANDALS: Primark

Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

Ann is no stranger to the beach, or the casual cover-up look.
Here she lounges with effortless ease in her casual fisherman's jumper.
A pile of books by her side.... I wish I could join her for a cold beer and an hour (or two) of chillin'.... (does anyone "chill" anymore?!)

Beach cover-ups over 40 | Fake Fabulous

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Swimsuit & Flipflops: Target
TOTE: Louella Odlie

Beach cover-ups over 40 | Fake Fabulous

What are you covering up with on the beach?
Sheer cool cotton?
Or, a warm fleece?!

Please share in the comments.
I love hearing from you.



  1. I totally related to your real life look, Samantha, since being cold and me just don't get along. I was away last weekend with only summer clothes but it got so cold I had to run into a local Icebreaker store (they sell merino wool everything) and buy a jacket and undershirt to put on over my clothes :)

    Your kaftan is dreamy. Such a beautiful color on you! And that hat is adorable!

    Enjoy your weekend!


    1. Thank you Mary!
      I must admit that I would have frozen to death...or lost a toe (or two) if I had worn the kaftan on the beach in Elie (in a windy 16 degrees at times).
      My children, on the other hand, were in swimming costumes in the sea!
      Hardy little things :o)

      Thank you for your kind words!!

  2. Love, love, love your Real Life pics, love to see you rocking your pullover with shorts (such lovely colors!)and watching your children play on the bech! so fabulous pictures! absolutely uplifting!
    And I also love your cotton cover-up, you look gorgeous wearing it and it looks like a comfy and delightful piece to be worn in a hot day!, I could imagine you sipping a drink under a sunshade on a tropical beach, looking that fabulous! I would like to be there too!
    And that hat is really cute!

    1. I am typing this in a fleece dressing gown (over my clothes) as it is pretty cool today, so your talk of a tropical beach is a wonderful day dream! lovely.
      (I'm off to put the kettle on for a warm cup of tea instead of that tropical cocktail though!! :oP)
      Thank you for your lovely comment.

  3. The blue cover-up with the little stars is really perfect on you and could serve as a cute tunic over jeans as well. I also like the way you look in the white Panama hat?? A classic summer hat for sure!!
    I really love the shot of you and the girls romping on the beach with your dog!

    1. Thank you Judy... I didn't know my husband was taking that shot!
      Which is often the best way, isn't it?

  4. OMG that kaftan us absolutely gorgeous! The colours and the little stars.... beautiful!!!
    Suzy xx &

  5. Love the shoot with the Somerville pieces - you look great and so glad you like x

  6. You look lovely Sam in that kaftan, love the style and of course your hat! I used to teach kids phys education, so I know that it seems they dont get cold! Id be freezing while they run around without jackets in Jan! Anyhow, love the look! I wore my Zara tropical sheer tunic as a coverup as well as my Rose Fullbright Beach robe this summer
    Thanks for linking
    jess xx


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