If you want to make waves at the beach this summer, the watchword is “extravagance.” You’ve got this season’s must-have, the outsize sun hat. Now keep it un-real with some seriously glamorous beachwear and accessories.
Yellow is hot-hot-hot this year—ask Amal Clooney (if you missed her outfit at the May wedding of Prince William and Meghan Markel, then get Googling!). Huntress does a cute bikini in this sunniest of colors, set off with a sparkling crystal bead. Missoni’s floppy-brimmed straw hat and Ojo’s crystal-studded shades will keep you cool. A stack of bracelets from Constantin Nautics and a cocktail ring from Sokolov make it glam. Throw a pastel towel (this one by Möve) around your shoulders and you are ready to wow.
The secret of successful beach-to-bar styling is statement swimwear teamed with loose-fitting pants in a striking design. Zara’s polka-dot pair answers the requirements perfectly, while Coutures Paris’s crystallized bikini oozes shimmering allure. Cinch the waist with a statement belt by Blumarine to keep it dressy. Anteprima’s gorgeous crystal bag, plus crystal-embellished hoop earrings by Dimitriadis and a sparkling Osklen bracelet will reflect nighttime tea-lights as brilliantly as they catch the sunlight.
Athleisure is as big on the beach as it is on the streets and in the studio. Juicy Couture stays ahead of the game with its piña-colada-yellow jumpsuit garnished with crystal stripes. An Eres bright red bikini, fruity earrings by Ekaterini and oversize cat-eyes by Pared Eyewear—both embellished with Swarovski crystals—and crystallized Havaianas flip-flops complete this sparkling cocktail.
There’s no reason why a swimsuit can’t feature as much glitz as an evening gown. Teamed with a black satin skirt, this one by Magistral wouldn’t look out of place at dinner. It’s the flattering halter-neck and plunging décolletage that do the trick. Not to mention that eye-catching belt from Eles Italia—studded with crystals from Swarovski, it’s as mesmerizing as a crystal-blitzed coral reef. Choose sea-themed jewelry such as these pretty coral-colored seahorse earrings and tassel necklace by Ekaterini to really dress the part. The straw hat is by Montegallo, and the crystalline sunglasses are from Vogue.
Animal prints will get you noticed in paradise! We adore this leopard-print strapless swimsuit from Eres. Styled up with Versace’s shimmering seashell belt and a Judith Leiber Couture clutch, it has sensational, sparkling impact. Wrap your wrists in a Seksy watch and crystal-drenched bracelets by Roberto Giannotti and Valérie Valentine, and then pop on a pair of bejeweled Marcolin sunnies for the full-on beach diva look.
Photographer Adriano Russo
Creative director Cathy Boom
Stylist Carola Bianchi
Hair/Makeup Luciano Chiarello