The billowing bag silhouette no sooner settled over the forms of American womankind than designers hit upon its possibilities as a cover-up for the beach. Here previewed in California is something new: bags of terry, including one which can either be worn or used as a bag used to be—to carry things.
Bag silhouetted on a California beach include (from the left) Beverly Penberthy in a rickrack-trimmed Cone terry (Gertrude Davenport, $9); Jimmy Mitchell in a striped Fieldcrest poncho ( Bonnie Cashin, $11); Geri Mirman in a tricolor Cone tunic (Gertrude Davenport, $6); Jan Currey in checkered beach "slip" ( John Weitz, $14); Suzy Ruel, jacketed in Martex (Toni Owen, $17).
Laundry bag, banded with red, can be buttoned across the neck and arms and used to carry paraphernalia home ( John Weitz, $8).
Hair-drying towel is attached as shawl collar to a full-length Cannon terry beach robe (designed by Bonnie Cashin for Dorian, $20).
Beach dresses silhouetted against California sunset are made of brilliant block-woven Martex and white Cone (both by John Weitz for Printzess Square, $23 left, $20 right).
Bathhrobe of Martex's geometric-printed toweling is an efficient after-swim blotter, has single button at low waistline (Toni Owen, $25).
Coverall of Cannon wraps and ties in Oriental fashion ( Bonnie Cashin for Dorian, $20). Pagoda umbrella is from Frances Mihailoff.