The essentials you need for the perfect beach vacation


What’s a beach getaway without a stylish wardrobe that looks your best? I mean blankets, bathing suits, handbags and shoes to boot.

There’s no shortage of brands offering these fun mainstays in the sun, but I have a few favorites I’ve discovered over the past couple of years that I find myself packing on a loop. These are the labels that will be all the rage whether you’re in St. Barths, the South of France, South Beach or the Hamptons.

My top picks follow:

Adriana Degreas Matelasse Bikini, $420

Your vacation companions will look once, then look again when you slip on this high-cut bikini from Brazilian designer Adriana Degreas, known for her alluring and sometimes bohemian-chic pieces. Personally, I recommend wearing the top with shorts or white jeans for a sexy look without being too revealing.

Silvia Tcherassi Galinha Multi Abstract Wave Bodysuit, $290

Like the Colombian designer herself, this one-piece is incredibly chic. Wear it all day while you lounge by the pool, with a glass of rose or champagne, of course. I love the colors and the fact that it is comfortable too.

Alexandre Birman metallic leather sandal, $595

Go from a day at the beach to a night out on the town with Alexandre Birman’s block heel sandals in shiny metallic leather that are eye-catching but not overpowering. The bow adds a feminine touch.

Verandah Floral Bustier one-piece, $295

Indian label Verandah, a staple of the Bollywood set, recently made its US debut with a smash launch at Bergdorf Goodman. This floral one-piece was my introduction to the brand and is just as suitable for a glamorous beach club as it is for a casual pool party.

Olympia Le-Tan Amalfi Coast Book Bag, $1,392

Yes, this hard-to-miss Olympia Le-Tan clutch will have you dreaming of a getaway to Italy’s Amalfi Coast, a destination that will always be close to my heart as I honeymooned there 20 years ago. It also comes in styles inspired by Miami and Tanzania.

Azulu white kimono, $590

Is it a really cool blanket or a trendy dress? The beauty of Azulu’s white kimono is that it serves both functions. The fringed hem, the lace details and the belt, I love everything.

Verandah Hand Beaded Kaftan, $850

Another winner from Verandah, this hand-beaded green kaftan is easy to wear to the beach or to dinner. And here’s a feel-good factor: it’s made with sustainable wood fiber that uses 50% less water than traditional materials.

Silvia Tcherassi cream tunic, $1,475

I’m a sucker for everything Silvia, that eye-catching one-shoulder tunic included. The emerald marble pattern stands out and a pair of wedge sandals or espadrilles complete the look.


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