Fashion Tips for the Fourth

By SANDRA WEYANT | Jun 26, 2019
Photo by: Ryan Morrill Model Jill Schneider is 'BBQ-ready' in this breezy American look, available at A Lovely Universe.

Beach Haven — Get fired up for the cutest outfit ideas for all of your weekend festivities. Sarah Cunningham, owner of A Lovely Universe in Beach Haven, rounded up her favorite summer styles for your upcoming BBQs, beach hangs and brunch seshes. Your ultimate party look awaits, and there is something for every style!

Enjoy the freedom of fashion at A Lovely Universe. Here are Cunningham’s top picks:

Preppy Chic. Keep it classic with a French terry dress with a sweet ruffle hemline. With the beautiful light-blue color and the pinstripe back detail, we’re calling this the go-to dress for summer. Cunningham recommends accessorizing this style with a long pendant necklace.

“You can dress up this look with a higher wedge shoe or wear it with white tennis shoes for a daytime look,” she said.

We love options. Add this summer staple to your closet ASAP!

Boho Casual. Cool, calm and collected, this look is R-and-R-ready. On the bottom, these boho-casual floral patch linen shorts (available in both olive green and navy) are a great casual throw-on-and-go option that has a little added detail to make it truly special. When it comes to summer tops, a flowy fit is extra fun. This lightweight beige button-down goes perfectly with the linen shorts. You can also pair it with any type of denim, from dark and light washes to a classic, crisp white.

“Each piece can be worn with a different top or bottom to create your own look,” Cunningham said.

Sit back, relax and enjoy your time off. You’ve earned it.

Beachy Keen. Easy, comfortable styles are essentials on the Island. A Lovely Universe is always stocked with versatile apparel that can be worn on and off the beach, such as tunics. Slip a gorgeous tunic over your bathing suit or wear it as a dress all day long to go out for happy hour drinks, a shopping marathon, or a relaxing stroll in Bay Village. This ’70s-inspired, semi-sheer cover-up is adorable and pairs well with the PinkyUp tropical glass water and tea diffuser bottle and plush, hot pink Turkish towel. Don’t leave home without them.

BBQ-Ready. Beach. Barbecue. Repeat. If you’re wondering what to wear to your next cookout, this red-and-orange grid printed collared dress is everything you have ever wanted. It is a lightweight fabric that can be worn from sunup to sundown. Plus, it’s just as comfortable as it looks.

You can’t go to a barbecue without your favorite drink! Say goodbye to bulky plastic coolers. They are heavy and totally unfashionable. A Lovely Universe’s top-selling item is a linen cooler pouch with an adjustable strap.

“It’s just as stylish as a purse, and it keeps everything nice and cold. BYOB just got a lot cuter,” Cunningham said.

Fireworks will go off when you show up to your shindig in one of these outfits! Visit the Long Beach Island boutique or shop these essential looks at

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