Pret Reporteur: Chic At The Beach

April 30, 2012 • Magazine, Pret Reporteur

Oh summer… long lazy days spent lounging on the beach sipping oh-so-delicious colorful fruit drinks. Not a fashion-worry in the world, right? WRONG!

Your vacation on the coast is no excuse for your style to take a break as well. In fact, if celebrities today have taught us anything it’s that the beach is just another runway opportunity waiting to happen. Everyone from Victoria Beckham to Beyonce and (that’s right) teeny-boppers like Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift hit the waves in high-fashion.

So how do you step-up? What do you rock in a sandy landscape that’s unbelievably stylish but still totally comfy? If the stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor have taught us anything it’s that a little retro glamor goes a long way. This summer, stick to the classics and be ultra-chic while at the beach.

1. Eric Javits Striped Wide-Brim Hat, $425

The sun feels great, but after a few minutes of its scorching rays bearing down on you, you’re about ready to duck in the shade. Bring the shade to you – or rather to the top of your head – with Eric Javits’ version of a wide-brim hat. This hat is so floppy it protects not only your head, but an entire perimeter around your body! Its bold striped pattern also makes it one stylish eye-candy.

2. Kate Spade New York Franca Cat Eye Sunglasses, $128

No one has managed to make a pair of sunglasses look as good the way that Audrey Hepburn did in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. These cat-eye shades from Kate Spade captures the vintage vibe of the shades Hepburn put on the map in the 60s but adds a modern twist with their hot-pink hue.

3. Hervé Léger Cutout Bandage Swimsuit, $890

It’s a well-known fact that a Hevre Leger Bandage dress can make you look outrageously amazing. It’s designed to accentuate all the right areas of a woman’s shape and its fabric is specially made to flatter any figure. Now, imagine all of that advanced 21st century fashion technology…on a swimsuit! You better believe that it’s possible. This bandage swimsuit will bring out your inner sea-goddess and give that extra boost of confidence to strut a supermodel walk. Skip the skimpy bikini and opt for the more classy choice.

4. Lilly Pulitzer Eryn Striped Dress, now $158.40

Coco Chanel introduced sailor stripes to the world of fashion in the 1930s and today it is a staple to any nautical scene. This Lily Pulitzer dress takes the traditional stripes and sets it in a heavy pink for a current vibe. Its flattering A-line silhouette and full-skirt however keeps it totally classic.

5. Fendi Black Leather and Jute Ankle Wrap Peep Toe Espadrilles, now $425

The oh-so-classic espadrilles sandal – it always manages to make a comeback! The timeless style has been a summer staple since, well, before anyone can recall. During the days of black-and-white movies iconic characters such as Grace Kelly’s Frances Stevens in To Catch a Thief to Audrey Hepburn’s Princess in Roman Holiday gallivanted around various Mediterranean paradises in these comfortable soles. Fendi, always the revivalist, updates the look with leather embellishments, cutout heel accent, and an extra 4 ½” heel. This is one classic style you simply can’t pass up!

7. Valentino Betty Bow Tote, $995

Valentino at the beach? For sure! Would we have it any other way? This Betty Bow Tote is obviously ubber-chic on the outside, it also neatly carries all your beach accessories on the inside! It’s safe for the beach (just as long as you don’t submerge it 10 feet under the sea, of course) and doubles as a tote when you get back on mainland.

–Laurie Espino

Image Layout: Amy Newling

See the Top Ten Summer 2016 Trends for Women Over 40

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply