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You've received an invitation to a beach theme party and your head buzzes with images of fruity kabobs, paper parasols in Mojitos and hordes of guys with washboard abs. Okay ... they don't all have to have washboard abs, but that first thought may be all it takes to get you into party mode. If the hostess hasn't bothered with a dress code on the invite, anything goes, so assume you've got carte blanche to dress as though you're heading for sand and surf.
Flip-flops Not Suggested -- Required
Wear flip-flops. No matter how hot the guys on the guest list may be, this is no time to wear Christian Louboutin platforms. You'll look desperate rather than approachable. Nothing says beach party like flip-flops (except dark shades) and to make up in sexiness what they lack, trim yours with bling. Match up those sequins and other glittery stuff with a cool pedicure. Add an ankle bracelet of shells to show your host that you took her theme so seriously, you crafted.
Hot Pants v. Cold Pants?
Wear shorts. Fess up: you'd never think of wearing jeans to a real beach party, would you? Thought not. The pants or micro-mini you select to cover your bum must be a tribute to your spray-tanned legs, so even if it happens to be snowing outside, there's less fabric to tuck into your ski pants to make the trip to and from the party site. If your hostess has access to a beach or pool for this event, reduce your shorts imprint further by wearing a swimsuit.
Top It Off Right
Wear a sizzling top. You're a girl who loves a good top-off, whether it's gas, beer or whipped cream. That's why you won't want to top off the non-booty section of your torso with a boring shirt. It goes without saying that a halter top makes a perfect match for short-shorts, but if you believe that a girl who keeps her assets under wraps is more enticing, a skimpy tee cut to show off your curves speaks volumes.
Get the Skinny on Skin Color
Wear a tan. If you can't afford a spray tan session and avoid tanning beds like the plague, invest in the best over-the-counter spray tan product you can get your pasty white hands on. The gals behind cosmetic counters are product-savvy; you're bound to find one who can give you the lowdown on which will turn you into a giant carrot and which will morph you into a bronzed goddess. Get naked and cover every inch of your body with spray, so that no matter how skimpy your party outfit may be, you're covered.
Forget Accessories? Nay, Nay
Wear accessories -- even if you did your crafty thing and made that anklet of shells and nylon cord. It's a party. Accessories are crucial. Track down splashy earrings shaped like starfish, seashells, suns or enameled palm trees in colors that coordinate with your outfit. If sunhats are your thing, pop one on your head. Take a purse? Not when you can put your stuff in a colorful kids' sand bucket. The bucket shovel? Use your imagination.