Make a splash this summer by looking chic in your swimwear! Our top picks for an ultimate day-at-the-pool look will have pool boys everywhere sneaking a peak. From head to toe, we’ve got you covered. Let’s take it from the top:
A wide-brimmed hat kills two birds with one stone by looking ultra-chic and providing much needed shade from the hot summer sun. Our picks for the season include the J. Crew Wide Brim Beach Hat for just $29.50, available in basic white or flirty fuchsia. Armani Exchange offers the same hat with slightly different styling for $34. The Straw Floppy Hat available at Kohls is about $12 and still manages to look chic while protecting your best asset. When you’re constantly on the go, it’s hard to make time for a quick dip in the pool. Dive on in and keep your hair dry with a swim cap from HeadCovers.com! They are a perfect swim accessory when you’re on the go, and they provide the ‘50s styling that is in this season! The Petal Swim Cap ($15.99) is adorable and has been featured in Vogue Magazine — an automatic up-shift on the Chic-o-meter.
Bathing Suit Bliss
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a bathing suit from Kandi Swim! Available at Snap Boutique in Hyde Park, these sexy, tasty, conversation pieces are available in cupcake, milkshake, ice cream sundae or smoothie. Who says you can’t indulge during bathing suit season? The Ice Cream Sundae suit has feminine flirty ruffles atop dripping chocolate reminiscent of your favorite guilty pleasure. Oh, and don’t forget the cherries on top! Not in the mood for sweets? Let’s try some sassy. Ed Hardy heats up summer 2008 with a new, vintage tattoo swimwear line. This bad-ass beachwear is bright, sexy and edgy all in one. The Love Kills Slowly cut out one piece ($169) brings out your inner rock star with tattoo inspired graphics. The Light Red String Bikini ($218) is colorful and filled with rhinestones and koi fish. Multiple styles and variations are available, and ready to rock the beach.
A bathing suit isn’t always the main feature. A carefully chosen cover-up can easily take you straight from the beach to a night of piña coladas with the girls. Victoria’s Secret has an abundance of sexy dress styles that can easily translate from beach cover-up to eveningwear. We love their terry smocked maxi dress (sale $79) in lively grapefruit, or their shorter, playful version in eye-catching summer orange (on sale $35). Bring sexy back to the beach with the Deep Plunge Cover up Tunic ($38), and enhance your suit with style.
Sexy Swim Shoes
Classic rubber flip-flops are the perfect choice for the beach or pool this summer. The Kendall rubber Flip-Flops (sale $38.50), have the charming detail that only Juicy Couture can deliver. Tory Burch has added her special touch to this standard shoe by creating the lovebird flip-flop ($45). Perfect for the beach, they are rubber with a metal logo medallion for flair. The jelly shoe is back and stylish as ever, thanks to Marc Jacobs! Check out Shoes.com where you’ll find The Surf Jelly Sandal in multiple styles. One has a peep toe with a simple slip on style ($59.99), and the other is closed toe with a removable ankle strap ($62.99). Just remember to leave your jelly bracelets at home.
It’s in the Bag
Take a trip to the beach with a beach bag that doubles as a mat! MM6, by Maison Martin Margiela created a unique convertible beach bag. Unzip the sides and you’re ready to sunbathe in comfort! For a more practical option, carry all your summer essentials in the chic Michael Kors Malibu Zebra-print shoulder bag ($198). For additional storage, Michael created a cosmetic bag ($48) that matches perfectly. Lastly, we fell in love with the C&C California Reversible Beach Bag ($88). Reminiscent of their casual, yet chic clothing line, this bag is all you need for a laid-back day at the beach. Bring out your inner beach babe and dress the part from head to toe. But don’t forget your SPF!