Karla Colletto Grommets Swimsuit

Classic Designer Black One-Piece with Hardware Decoration

Karla Colletto Grommets Swimsuit | Classic Designer Black One-Piece with Hardware Decoration Karla Colletto brings a classic black one-piece to the world of high-end fashion with this Grommets swimsuit. There are no prizes for guessing where the Grommets got its name. Gleaming silver hoops pop against the classic black fabric. This is a blend of nylon and xtra life lycra spandex and elastane, an addition which helps the swimsuit last. As well it should for the price! There'…

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Fox Racing Rockstar Goldie Bikini

Black & White Triangle Swimsuit

Fox Racing Rockstar Goldie Bikini | Black & White Triangle Swimsuit Fox Racing and Rockstar Energy Drink buck current fashion trends with their jointly designed Goldie Bikini. The black and white color palette is timeless, but it's cheapened by the loud logos on the bikini's triangles. Logos are really falling out of favor, and these ones aren't attractive enough or discreet enough to convince us to take a chance. They transform this swimsuit fro…

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Insight Dream Lover One-Piece

Floral Swimsuit with Plunging Neckline

Insight Dream Lover One-Piece | Floral Swimsuit with Plunging Neckline Insight invites us to fall hard for its Dream Lover swimsuit. The design is certainly romantic, with warm yellowy roses set against a dramatic black background. The plunging neckline brings some contemporary contrast to the classic print. Adding ruffles or lace would have been an obvious pairing for the feminine pattern, but by choosing a stronger neckline Insight's ensured it…

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Cole Haan Deandra Gladiator Sandals

Stylish Snake Print Summer Shoes

Cole Haan Deandra Gladiator Sandals | Stylish Snake Print Summer Shoes From Ancient Rome to the modern shoreline, Cole Haan has brought Gladiator sandals into the present day with the Deandra. Those Roman gladiators would recognize the strappy style, but I'll bet their shoes didn't have such a stylish finish. The snake embossing gives the leather a real modern flair. The gleaming silver buckles and rings bring some more contemporary personality to…

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Joie Bahamas Cover-Up

Indian Inspired Embroidered Beach Tunic

Joie Bahamas Cover-Up | Indian Inspired Embroidered Beach Tunic It might be called the Bahamas, but Joie seems to be channeling Indian fashion with this beach cover-up. It's got a bit of an identity crisis, but the Bahamas still manages to make a strong style statement. Intricate embroidery along the plunging neckline and cuffs pops against the gauzy white fabric. Joie doesn't make any assurances about this material’s sun smart credentials…

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Roxy Sunray Flip Flops

Simple Black Bejeweled Beach Shoes

Roxy Sunray Flip Flops | Simple Black Bejeweled Beach Shoes Roxy adds some feminine flair to its classic flip flops with these Sunray shoes. Given its bright summery name, I expected this pair of flip flops to look a little livelier. But instead of rainbow colors these flip flops are available in basic black. It's a classic choice, easy to pair with any swimsuit you wish, but not very interesting. Only the pink Roxy heart on the footbed adds a bi…

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Trina Turk Kuta Tunic Top

White Crochet Beach Cover-Up

Trina Turk Kuta Tunic Top | White Crochet Beach Cover-Up Trina Turk offers a cover-up that values style over sun protection with the Kuta. If you're looking for a cover-up to repel the sun's rays, this isn't it. Its soft sheer crochet exposes plenty of skin, and it's so light that anything covered isn't likely to block those harmful UVs. But it's meant to make a fashion statement rather than serve as a functional piece of summer apparel. For…

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Gottex Madagascar One-Piece

Blue Zebra Print Square Neck Swimsuit

Gottex Madagascar One-Piece | Blue Zebra Print Square Neck Swimsuit Gottex shows its wild side with this African inspired Madagascar swimsuit. This is one of Gottex's most dramatic swimsuits. If the label's mattes seem too tame for you, you’ll likely love the clash of stylized zebra print with tribal patterned trim. We've seen Gottex offer a few patterns before, but they were much more traditional than this bold design. Whether you think it's to…

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Betsey Johnson Ship Shape Bikini

Retro Nautical Halter Swim Top

Betsey Johnson Ship Shape Bikini | Retro Nautical Halter Swim Top Betsey Johnson interprets nautical fashion with her signature feminine flair with this Ship Shape bikini. As we see with much of the Betsey Johnson collection, there's nothing subtle about this swimsuit. The ruffles and bows at the straps are unashamedly girly. The diagonal blue stripes pop against the white background. By keeping the bust free of frills, Betsey Johnson ensure…

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Guess Pin Me Down Bikini

Retro Pink Gingham Swim Top

Guess Pin Me Down Bikini | Retro Pink Gingham Swim Top Guess channels 50s fashion with this playful Pin Me Down Bikini. This swim top's gingham print is timeless, yet as it's not overused in modern fashion it still feels fresh. In pink it's especially feminine, perhaps too feminine for some tastes. But if you embrace your girly side you'll be glad Guess has too. The jaunty white bow between the cups adds a final whimsical flourish. The Pi…

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Magic Suit Josie Swim Top

Feminine Ruffled Gray Tankini

Magic Suit Josie Swim Top | Feminine Ruffled Gray Tankini When you're feeling self-conscious on the beach, you'll trust in anything to feel flattered. Perhaps even a bit of magic! I'm not sure this Josie swim top from Magic Suit is as magical as the company claims, but it is quite slimming. Tankinis always provide some extra modesty, but this swim top goes the extra mile. The stretch nylon fabric hangs loosely to hide lumps and bumps, while t…

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Becca Network Swim Top

Asymmetrical Macramé Detailed Raspberry Bandeau

Becca Network Swim Top | Asymmetrical Macramé Detailed Raspberry Bandeau Becca shows a splash of kitsch can make a big impression with this Network swim top. The Network's retro vibe comes from the macramé detailing that extends from the strap along the front of the bandeau top. It's a lovely nod to the 70s which doesn't dominate the design. Where the Mara Hoffman Macramé Swimsuit we saw recently came across as a bit of a fashion throwback, Becca keeps the…

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Roxy Abstract Sky Angel Bikini

Pretty Pink Swim Top

Roxy Abstract Sky Angel Bikini | Pretty Pink Swim Top Roxy serves up something sweet with its Abstract Sky Angel bikini. Its name is a bit of a mouthful, but it explains a little about this sweet top's print. I initially saw it as a floral pattern, but on noting the moniker I wonder whether it shows white clouds floating in a rosy pink sky. It's a little hard to tell, which is why Roxy calls the pattern abstract I suppose! That ambiguity works…

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Mara Hoffman Beaded Bandeau Bikini

Peacock Blue Native American Inspired Swimsuit

Mara Hoffman Beaded Bandeau Bikini | Peacock Blue Native American Inspired Swimsuit A little beading makes this blue swimsuit from Mara Hoffman something special. The beaded panels at the bust and the sides of the briefs really are this swimsuit's crowning glories. The work is expertly done, with tiny colored beads that make an impression much larger than their size. I can't help worrying about their longevity though. No matter how well they're stitched, I can't i…

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Kenneth Cole Flor-e-scent Swimsuit

Flower Decorated Asymmetrical One-Piece

Kenneth Cole Flor-e-scent Swimsuit | Flower Decorated Asymmetrical One-Piece Kenneth Cole has fun with flowers with this Flor-e-scent Swimsuit. Its name suggests this swimsuit might blind you, but that's a bit misleading. It's available in a bright passionfruit purple hue, but in black it's almost sedate. Rather than referring to neon colors, its name pays tribute to the soft flowers that decorate the swimsuit's top. The color you choose is so important he…

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Tori Praver Jess Bikini

White Long Line Swim Top

Tori Praver Jess Bikini | White Long Line Swim Top Tori Praver offers a longer line swim top than the average with the Jess Bikini. It's amazing what a difference a few inches make. Rather than stopping this bikini top just below the bust, Tori Praver extends the suit down the torso. It's a very flattering style, which streamlines the body and offers a bit more modesty. The strategic seaming further defines the body without compromi…

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Hurley Puerto Rico Rashguard

Classic Black Surf Tee

Hurley Puerto Rico Rashguard | Classic Black Surf Tee Hurley plays it safe with this Puerto Rico Rashguard. I thought Hurley might have injected some of the spice of the Caribbean region into this surf top, but it's taken a different route. This rashguard is as pedestrian as they come, with a bold white logo popping against the basic black fabric. While its styling may leave a bit to be desired, it's hard to fault the Puerto Rico on a functi…

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Mara Hoffman Macrame Swimsuit

Green Retro One-Piece Bathers

Mara Hoffman Macrame Swimsuit | Green Retro One-Piece Bathers Mara Hoffman takes us back to the 70s with this playful Macrame Swimsuit. Despite the decade's fashion enjoying a style resurgence, the market hasn't been flooded with macramé. That’s to this swimsuit's advantage, because it appears fresh rather than a fashion follower. Its unusual looks will probably deter girls who like to play it safe though. It shows an awful lot of skin, a…

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Tori Praver Luna Swimsuit

Green Fringed One-Piece Swimwear

Tori Praver Luna Swimsuit | Green Fringed One-Piece Swimwear Tori Praver brings a little Navaho flair to a classic one piece with this Luna swimsuit. The Luna takes its cues from the label's Kelly swimsuit, but its long fringing sets it apart. I love the way this decoration emphasizes the curve of the plunging neckline. The detail draws attention to the area, which is probably just what you want when you're wearing such a low-cut swimsuit! The d…

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Hurley Ole Halter Neck Bikini

Striped Red Swim Top

Hurley Ole Halter Neck Bikini | Striped Red Swim Top Hurley injects a little Latin flavor in to its swimwear line with this Ole bikini. The Ole's thin horizontal stripes are its crowning glory. I love the way Hurley's played with warm reds and oranges here. Its finish reminds me of a sunset, all fiery and romantic. The print is a showstopper, so it makes sense that Hurley's kept the rest of the Ole very simple. Its lines are ultra clean, an…

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Mara Hoffman Poncho

Long Mayan Print Beach Cover-Up

Mara Hoffman Poncho | Long Mayan Print Beach Cover-Up Mara Hoffman helps us stay sun safe on the beach with this Mayan Printed Poncho. Mara Hoffman tends to push the fashion envelope, but she doesn't forget functionality here. The hemline reaches well past the knees, and the sleeves also stretch almost to the elbow. There's plenty of fabric in it to keep us covered up. Mara Hoffman doesn't provide any sun protective guarantees, but I wo…

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Mara Hoffman Beaded Rays Swimsuit

Bold Cut-Out Black One-Piece

Mara Hoffman Beaded Rays Swimsuit | Bold Cut-Out Black One-Piece Mara Hoffman makes a strong style statement with this Beaded Rays swimsuit. The swimsuit designer needed to do something to elevate a black one-piece above the pack, and she's certainly delivered. The Aztec inspired cut-out panel underneath the bust is very bold. The intricate beadwork draws the eye and makes the swimsuit feel especially indulgent. I worry whether the tiny bead…

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Tori Praver Marilyn One Piece

Colorblocked Ruched Swimsuit

Tori Praver Marilyn One Piece | Colorblocked Ruched Swimsuit Tori Praver's jumped on the colorblock bandwagon and delivered this on trend Marilyn swimsuit. It's ironic that its name recalls one of our most iconic beauties of yesteryear, because its styling screams 2012. Personally I'd prefer a more vintage approach. The green body and purple bandeau style bust clash a little too loudly for me, although it's a matter of preference. I also wo…

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Hurley Moana Bikini

White Floral Halter Cross-Back Swimsuit

Hurley Moana Bikini | White Floral Halter Cross-Back Swimsuit Hurley serves up a modern take on classic floral with the Moana bikini. The lifestyle brand modernizes the flowery print by rendering it with minimalist line drawings colored casually with soft feminine pastels. The effect stands out against the Moana's white background, but it doesn't hit you in the face. It's feminine but not fussy, striking but not garish. I think Hurley's bal…

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Tori Praver Kelly Swimsuit

Smocked Plunging Teal One-Piece

Tori Praver Kelly Swimsuit | Smocked Plunging Teal One-Piece One-pieces have a reputation for being a safe swimsuit option. But Tori Praver shakes things up with her sexy Kelly. There's nothing pedestrian about the Kelly. From its plunging neckline to its Brazilian style bottom, it's designed to show plenty of skin. While nothing too scandalous is revealed, you'll need to feel confident about your body to pull it off. It also looks its best i…

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Sofia by Vix Sassy Ruffle Bikini

Leopard Print Triangle Swim Top

Sofia by Vix Sassy Ruffle Bikini | Leopard Print Triangle Swim Top Sofia by Vix walks on the wild side with this appropriately named Sassy Ruffle Bikini. Few patterns scream sass like animal print. The leopard print might be a lazy way to make a swimsuit feel flirty, but it's also effective. The delicate ruffles around the edge of the classic triangle top soften the style. I only wish Vix's Sofia line had stopped there though. While the teal string po…

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Tori Praver Shyla Bikini

Striking Burgundy Braided Swim Top

Tori Praver Shyla Bikini | Striking Burgundy Braided Swim Top Turn heads on the beach wearing this striking Shyla Bikini from Tori Praver. Tori Praver's added some interesting details which help separate the Shyla from run-of-the-mill triangle bikini tops. Trios of cords on each side run up to form the single braided straps. Tori Praver knows these unusual straps are the Shyla's crowning glory, so she keeps the rest of the bikini top simple.…

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Mara Hoffman Ruffle Bustier Bikini

Frilly Psychedelic Print Swimsuit

Mara Hoffman Ruffle Bustier Bikini | Frilly Psychedelic Print Swimsuit There's no risk of blending into the background when you’re wearing this Ruffle Bustier bikini from Mara Hoffman. I barely know where to look first. The bold psychedelic print demands attention, while the feminine ruffles running along the top of the bustier bikini add another layer. Personally I think Mara Hoffman's added too much here. The frills get lost in the pattern, alth…

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L*Space Dolly Bandeau

Black Fringe Swim Top

L*Space Dolly Bandeau | Black Fringe Swim Top Somewhere in amongst all that fringing, L*Space has hidden a swim top. Meet the Dolly! The Dolly is a lot like the label's Audrey, except it's missing the strap. This little design detail brings its advantages and disadvantages. The look is a little bit sexier. Who would have thought that removing a scrap of fabric could make such a difference? But by taking away the strap, the swim to…

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Ray Ban Caribbean Wayfarer Sunglasses

Modernized Classic Tortoiseshell Shades

Ray Ban Caribbean Wayfarer Sunglasses | Modernized Classic Tortoiseshell Shades Ray Ban offers a feminine take on its classic Wayfarer sunglasses with the Caribbean. The lines and finer details that made the Wayfarer so popular are retained, but Ray Ban's added some gentle curves and feminine flair. I wouldn't quite call them a cat eye frame, but they're heading in that direction. The lenses have also been squared off to make the style seem a little fresher. I rea…

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Stuart Weitzman McChain Sandals

Strappy Brown Leather Beach Shoes

Stuart Weitzman McChain Sandals | Strappy Brown Leather Beach Shoes Stuart Weitzman offers a pair of leather sandals that can take us from the coast to the clubs with the McChain. These shoes sounds like they might be associated with a fast food restaurant, but the McChain sandals are much classier than any burger. They get their name from the elegant golden chain which snakes its way down the center straps. These straps nestle between our toes, while…

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Badgley Mischka Portofino Swimsuit

Jewel Embellished Cut-Out Black One-Piece

Badgley Mischka Portofino Swimsuit | Jewel Embellished Cut-Out Black One-Piece Badgley Mischka proves that one-piece swimsuits can sizzle with this sexy Portofino style. It might be made from classic black fabric, but there's nothing basic or boring about this swimsuit. Cut-outs show a little skin from below the bust to the belly. Nothing too scandalous is revealed, but these details will get the minds of hot blooded men racing! A wide stripe running down the…

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Athleta Vital Board Shorts

Classic Blue Swim Trunks

Athleta Vital Board Shorts | Classic Blue Swim Trunks Athleta keeps it simple with these Vital board shorts. I'm not sure they're as essential as their name suggests, but they're a great example of classic design. There's nothing fancy about them, no patterns or any real embellishments. I suppose we could call the pair of small buttons at the fly decorative, but they're as much about practicality as looks. The teal colored fabric has m…

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Sunsets Equinox Bikini

Printed Padded Slider Triangle Swim Top

Sunsets Equinox Bikini | Printed Padded Slider Triangle Swim Top Sunsets believes that if you've got it, why not flaunt it? The Equinox is another great bikini designed with curvy girls in mind. As with the rest of the Sunsets range, the Equinox is made for girls with D to DDD cups. So often girls at the upper end of the spectrum are forced into plain, pedestrian swimwear, so it's exciting to see a more eye-catching offering. Of course this print will t…

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Tommy Bahama Twilight Stripe Swimsuit

Nautical Striped Shirred Bandeau One-Piece

Tommy Bahama Twilight Stripe Swimsuit | Nautical Striped Shirred Bandeau One-Piece Its name might make us think of vampires and werewolves, but the Twilight Stripe is no passing fad. The nautical stripes of this Tommy Bahama swimsuit are instead likely to stand the test of time. This swimsuit isn't just about longevity though. The sweet blue and white striped finish is fun and flirty. We've all been told that horizontal stripes make us appear wider, but by keeping t…

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Miraclesuit So Faux Swimsuit

Colorblocked Tankini Style One-Piece

Miraclesuit So Faux Swimsuit | Colorblocked Tankini Style One-Piece It’s called the So Faux, but there's nothing fake about this one-piece from Miraclesuit. The So Faux gets its name because its colorblocked design makes it appear like a tankini and briefs. However this is actually an optical illusion; it's just a simple one-piece. The tankini styling is a bit of a gimmick that I don't think adds much to the design. But it's a conversation starter,…

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Carve Designs Montecito Swimsuit

Simple Blue Purple One-Piece

Carve Designs Montecito Swimsuit | Simple Blue Purple One-Piece We've admired Carve Designs bikinis and board shorts, but with the Montecito we see what the label can do with a one-piece. The classic design we've come to associate with the brand is still there, but something doesn't sit quite right me. Or perhaps it doesn't sit quite right on the model. And if it doesn't look good on the model Carve's chosen to show off its wares, whatever will it loo…

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Carve Designs Bondi Bikini

Reversible Apricot Swim Top

Carve Designs Bondi Bikini | Reversible Apricot Swim Top Carve Designs takes inspiration from one of Australia's favorite beaches with the Bondi. But has it captured the charm of the Down Under break? As an Aussie, this design feels a bit flat to me. The muted colors are a far cry from the vibrant ones we see at the Sydney shore, and the designs do little to evoke the country. I'm not suggesting Carve Designs should have stooped to obvious moti…

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Tilley TH8 Hemp Hat

Sustainable Black Band Sunhat

Tilley TH8 Hemp Hat | Sustainable Black Band Sunhat Tilley's created a sunhat for the sustainable set with this TH8 Hemp Hat. This model is much more feminine than the label's other hemp accessories. While you'd hardly call it girly, its contrasting black band and structured brim have an elegant female-focused appeal. You can wear that brim up like the woman in the photo, or fold it down for a different look. Hemp has a reputation for b…

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Speedo UV Sensor Watch

Sun Smart Waterproof Wristwatch

Speedo UV Sensor Watch | Sun Smart Waterproof Wristwatch Take the guesswork out of sun protection with this clever UV Sensor Watch from Speedo. This clever gadget detects the sun's UV index and displays it right there on your wrist. It's also got a handy UV alarm which ensures you don't spend too much time under the sun's harmful rays. Those UV features are great for sun lovers, but there are a few other handy additions which make it perfect fo…

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LeSportsac Shore Beach Tote

Casual Nylon Patterned Day Bag

LeSportsac Shore Beach Tote | Casual Nylon Patterned Day Bag With its bold summery print, this LeSportsac Tote is made for fun in the sun. I love the Beach Hopping pattern, which features inflatable balls, sunscreen, boomboxes, buckets and spades, and other summer fun essentials. The print makes the durable but boring nylon material seem much more enticing. I'm not sure about the black logo piping, as it doesn't quite seem to gel with the bea…

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Nina Hilaria Flip Flops

Rosette Decorated Satiny Wedge Shoes

Nina Hilaria Flip Flops | Rosette Decorated Satiny Wedge Shoes They might have a funny name, but these Hilaria Thongs from Nina are no laughing matter. At their heart these shoes look like a classic pair of flip flops, but Nina takes the style from casual footwear to evening accessory. That doesn't mean you can't wear them to the beach or the pool, but when you do you'll look extra glamorous. Shimmery satin creates the delicate rosettes which deco…

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Zigi Must Have Sandals

Fashionable Beaded Synthetic Summer Shoes

Zigi Must Have Sandals | Fashionable Beaded Synthetic Summer Shoes Zigi toots its own horn with these Must Have Sandals. But are they an essential part of your wardrobe? On looks alone, these Must Have Sandals are winners. They're too bold to suit all tastes, but that daring will only make them more alluring to the girls that love them. The best fashions take risks after all. The brightly colored beads which circle our ankle make a really strong style s…

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Cheap Monday Cryokinesis Sunglasses

Affordable Brown Tortoiseshell Cat Eye Shades

Cheap Monday Cryokinesis Sunglasses | Affordable Brown Tortoiseshell Cat Eye Shades Keep your peepers protected on the beach for less this summer with these Cryokinesis Sunglasses from Cheap Monday. The Cryokinesis have a fun cat eye style which takes us back to the swinging sixties. The frames aren't pronounced as many shades with this retro style, which makes them a bit more wearable, but they still won't work for everybody. I imagine they'd look amazing with a pi…

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Hello Kitty Women’s Triangle Bikini

Black Cartoon Face Two-Piece Swimsuit

Hello Kitty Women’s Triangle Bikini | Black Cartoon Face Two-Piece Swimsuit Have some fun on the beach this summer wearing this playful triangle bikini from Hello Kitty. It's interesting that this is a women's design rather than a kids' line. With sizes ranging from extra small to large, it's definitely meant for grown-ups rather than little ones. I'm sure many ladies will have outgrown the lovable Sanrio cartoon cat, but its sweet design is bound to strike…

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Spy Optic Clarice Sunglasses

Protective Red Mottled Sun Shades

Spy Optic Clarice Sunglasses | Protective Red Mottled Sun Shades Spy Optic offers a classic pair of sunglasses with all the features sun conscious beachgoers need with the Clarice. The Clarice's shape is quite simple, but the devil's in the details. Spy Optic's really jazzed its propionate frames up with a cheerful cherry red color and fun mottled finish. These shades are quite bold, but there are five more color combinations if you prefer a diff…

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Outdoor Research Sombriolet Sunhat

Practical Khaki Nylon Hat

Outdoor Research Sombriolet Sunhat | Practical Khaki Nylon Hat Outdoor Research puts practicality first with this Sombriolet Sunhat. Its name sounds fancy, but there's no pretention about this hat. In fact, it's very plain, with a drab color palette and pretty uninspiring aesthetic. It's certainly not for girls looking to make a fashion statement on the sand. However it's packed with the kind of features that mean we shouldn't dismiss it out…

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Keen Coronado Sandals

Sporty Sneaker Style Beach Shoes

Keen Coronado Sandals | Sporty Sneaker Style Beach Shoes Keen bridges the gap between traditional sandals and vintage sneakers with these Coronado Sandals. The Coronados look a lot like sneakers. They're definitely more closed in than a traditional sandal, and they've got the hardy rubber sole characteristic of athletic shoes. However as it's not completely covered they allow the feet to breathe, which is perfect for sticky summer w…

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Easy Street Torch Slide Sandals

Red Tumbled Synthetic Shoes

Easy Street Torch Slide Sandals | Red Tumbled Synthetic Shoes Easy Street takes us from the shore to the city streets with these Torch slide sandals. These Torch shoes are a really good looking pair of sandals, but they're smart rather than sexy. The substantial straps may seem a bit chunky to girls used to strappier designs, but the curved stitching is very chic. Everything has a purpose here. The straps hold our feet in place better than the usu…

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Reef Uptown Girl Flip Flops

Fun Zebra Print Beach Shoes

Reef Uptown Girl Flip Flops | Fun Zebra Print Beach Shoes Reef shows us its wild side with these playful Uptown Girl flip flops. The zebra print decorating the delicate synthetic straps gives these flip flops their flirty sense of style. It's not the only pattern on offer though. Reef's designed three more bold yet feminine prints, including a pink croc, pink and silver snake, and retro purple and gold finish. All the straps pop against th…

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