As the great Countess LuAnn once said, "Chic C'est La Vie." And, since she primarily lives in the Hamptons, we picture her saying it (or singing it) dripped in fancy-shmancy beach gear, while sipping a stiff martini (Pinot Grigio is so Ramona), and sporting a huge cocktail ring. Though we may not be donning the same bling this season, we take her point to heart. Life should be chic, even when you're on the sand.
With that in mind, we scoured the city for the best lounge clothes and came up with a handful of luxe options that will turn your bikinis into statement pieces and that foldable chair into a bona-fide runway (sort of). Sure, when you're just looking to get your Vitamin D on, you may not need to be head-to-toe decked out, but hey, it never hurts to lust after some awesome designer duds, right? But maybe in real life, skip the music video?
Let the summer dreamin' (and splurging) begin with 15 luxe, designer beach finds.
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Guerlain Illuminating Tan Intensifier SPF 8, $61, available at Sephora, 597 5th Avenue (at West 48th Street); 212-980-6534.
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Dezso Petite Pietersite Andara Mexican Bracelet, $198, available at Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue (between 61st and 62nd streets); 212-826-8900.
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A.P.C. Beach Bag, $150, available at A.P.C., 110 Greene Street #204 (between Prince and Spring streets); 212-966-5851.
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Oliver Peoples Mande Sunglasses, $340, available at Oliver Peoples, 366 West Broadway (at Watts street); 212-925-5400.
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Lanvin Patchwork Lamb Tote, $2,790, available at Lanvin, 815 Madison Avenue (between East 69th and East 68th streets); 646-439-0380.
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Norma Kamali Halter Bill Swimsuit, $405, available at Opening Ceremony, 35 Howard Street (between Broadway and Crosby Street); 212-219-2688.
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rag & bone Wide Brim Beach Hat, $220, available at rag & bone, 73 East Houston Street (at Elizabeth Street); 212-219-2204.
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Alexander Wang Botanical Ombre Two Piece, $350, available at Alexander Wang, 103 Grand Street (near Mercer Street); 212-532-3103
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Chloe Tuscon Leather-Trim Nylon Espadrille Wedge Sandals, $495, available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 5th Avenue (between 49th and 50th streets); 212-753-4000.
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Marni, $1,705, available at Marni, 161 Mercer Street (between West Houston and Prince streets); 212-343-3912.
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Lisa Marie Fernandez Leigh Maillot bathing suit, $475, available at Barneys, 660 Madison Avenue (at 61st Street); 212-450-8300
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Bimba & Lola Visor, $78, available at Yoox.