In Defense of Overaccessorising My Bikini

The team at Who What Wear UK has noticed fully accessorised beach looks popping up everywhere as of late, and we knew exactly who would be able to walk us through such a bold fashion movement. Fashion writer, stylist and influencer Anna Rosa Vitiello of And Finally is the beach goddess who lives by a “more is more” mantra, and she has kindly shared her tips, tricks and knowledge below so you can have your most fashionable summer jaunt yet.

I’ve come to the conclusion that being overdressed is an art form. Not least because it involves curating a wardrobe full of stuff that you really, genuinely love, but also because there’s a lot that goes into physically piling “too much” on. When the wave of minimalist, normcore dressing happened a few years back, trying to get on board was, for me, like a whale trying not to tip the scales (aka impossible).

I like dressing up—I really like it; having fun with fashion brings me joy (thank you, Marie Kondo, for the tip). I mention the minimalism thing because for years I’d put on a bikini and feel a little strange. It felt like my style had no soul: Where are the earrings? What’s with the simplicity? said the voice in my head, and I felt alarmed by a suitcase distinctly bereft of accessory excess. So I set about doing some Pinterest research to help find my swimwear identity.