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Your Stylist: Patriotic chic pieces for the 4th of July

Resident Image stylist and market editor Melissa Magsaysay soothes your sartorial woes in the weekly Your Stylist blog column 79UrbanOutfitters.com - Lucca Couture Printed Embellished Dress

80Womens Prussian Paint Spot Silk Painterly Top Boden USA Online Clothes Shop & Mail Order Clothing Catalogue. If you’re gearing up for the 4th of July weekend, you might want to think about packing or putting on an item or two that are a sartorial expression of the holiday. Red, white and blue are the obvious choices, and those colors as a combo or solid will always work. But here are a few items that are fun, whimsical and definitely patriotic-chic.

This kicky Lucca Couture sundress ($79 at Urban Outfitters, right) isn’t technically red, white or blue. It’s got a little pop of red running through it, but mostly it’s the bright and explosive design festooning the back and front of the dress that reminds me of fireworks. It 19250Eugenia Kim - Max raffia fedora - NET-A-PORTER.COM feels celebratory and totally summery. 89Michael Stars Calypso Stripe - Piperlime

For something more modest and traditional, this red, white and blue circular print top from Boden ($80 at www.boden.com, above left) would look good paired with denim cut-offs or cuffed white jeans and brown leather sandals. With something this busy and bright, you’ve met your color quota. Don’t try to pair it with red or blue pants, stick to something neutral.

Whether you’re planning a beach trip or just want to switch up 129Ray-Ban RB4141 Sunglasses at Sunglass Hut your current carryall for something much more suited for warmer weather, this blue striped straw tote from Michael Stars 2399Betsey Johnson Green Star Earring - Piperlime ($80, piperlime.com, above right) is roomy enough for a towel and bottled water and light enough for running around on weekend errands.

To add a little bit of patriotic pop to your look, dainty star-shaped jewelry always works, and makes perfect sense to 80Fashion Jewelry, Personalized Jewelry, Diamond Jewelry, Bridal Jewelry - Max and Chloe wear at other times of the year. These bright green starfish earrings from Betsey Johnson ($23.99, piperlime.com, above right) look patriotic and beachy and give some nice neon color to summer whites. The 655Missoni - Woven chain necklace - NET-A-PORTER.COM gold star pendant from Lisa Stewart ($80, maxandchloe.com, left) is a nice addition to a simple sun dress or would look great layered with heftier necklaces. And for a  real rich pop of red, try the red and gold chain necklace from Missoni ($655 at netaporter.com, right)

Don’t forget the sun protection this weekend, especially if you’re planning something poolside, or well, just outdoors in general. You can’t go wrong with classic red  Shishedo self tan 30 Ray Bans ($129, sunglasshut.com, above left) they provide a perfect pop of bold color that livens up even the simplest of outfits.

Same goes for the Max raffia fedora from Eugenia Kim ($192.50, netaporter.com, above left). The bold red and blue striped band makes this preppy and summery at the same time.  

For the skin, make sure to pack sunscreen and a little self tanner, because your tan might need a little boost in case this June gloom keeps up. (Shiseido self tan, $30, left, and Shiseido sunscreen, $35, at Bloomingdales)

Send your style queries to melissa.magsaysay@latimes.com

-- Melissa Magsaysay

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Photos: Top left: Boden silk painterly top/Boden, top right: Lucca Couture dress/Lucca Couture, left: Eugenia Kim Max raffia fedora/Eugenia Kim, right: Michael Stars striped straw tote bag/Michael Stars, left: Ray Ban wayfarers in red/Ray Ban, right: Betsey Johnson starfish earrings/Betsey Johnson, left: Lisa Stewart star pendant necklace/Lisa Stewart, right: Missoni chain necklace/Missoni, left: Shiseido self tanning lotion/Shiseido.

Currently Coveting: Proenza Schouler’s neoprene beach bag


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There’s something about these neoprene backpacks from Proenza Schouler’s summer line that brings me right back to my childhood when I wore coordinating Body Glove separates on the beach. 

The shape and fabric scream Southern California summertime and the climbing rope drawstring and mesh pockets add a chic sportiness that looks good on the beach or just paired with easy basics like a white T-shirt, jeans and gold aviator sunglasses or a little black dress and flip-flops. Towel

There are also pockets inside to separate wet and dry clothes and the easily cinchable drawstring closure seems like it would keep out more sand than an average floppy tote bag.

The Proenza boys (designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough) continue to be inspired by the '80s and '90s surf and skate scene, which they referenced heavily in their spring and resort 2010 collections, which were full of wetsuit-inspired dresses that came in color blocking and bright blues, just like this backpack.

There's a towel too, which comes in this graphic and colorful print that is a part of their fall 2011 line. Blackbag It's all from a high-end label (with the high-end price tag to match) but I can't help but think of Maui & Sons, OP and Body Glove, SoCal surf brands that shaped the sporty, surf-inspired look that clearly continues to influence designers today.

Both items are available for pre-order now (to ship June 27), exclusively at www.proenzaschouler.com

-- Melissa Magsaysay

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Photos: Proenza Schouler beach bag, top and bottom,$485; Proenza Schouler beach towel $145. Credits: Proenza Schouler

Your Stylist: Statement-making espadrilles


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Resident Image stylist and market editor Melissa Magsaysay soothes your sartorial woes in the weekly Your Stylist blog column 100DYLE - women's wedges sandals for sale at ALDO Shoes._1306469666942   

Tong_94_rg In this installment of Your Stylist we take a look at all the steep, colorful and statement-making espadrille wedges available for summer. Sure, every year around this time there’s an abundance of the ropey soled shoes, but this time the style has evolved to encompass an oxford hybrid, color blocked soles and fun and splashy prints that really stand out.

Look at the way Lea Michele wore her yellow and beige Dyle espadrilles from Aldo ($100) during 140Boutique 9 -Illy- Espadrilles - Wedges & Espadrilles - Bloomingdales.com_1306456428000 the Coachella Music Festival this year. The pop of color on her feet balanced out the bold pink and orange Lacoste minidress and added length to her legs. 395Theodora and Callum - Lobiarritz printed linen sandals - NET-A-PORTER.COM_1306453926518

Aldo is also making a cool pair of sporty espadrilles with a canvas upper that laces up like a traditional oxford ($80). They’re summery but have a closed toe, which makes them easy to pair with tights and a dress, taking them right into fall.

New line Theodora and Callum has come out with a range of espadrilles that mix patterns and colors for some lace-up sandals that would liven up even the simplest of dresses. This blue and white version ($395) has a diamond-printed sole and a triangle-printed upper that shouldn’t really make sense  99Nine West- Hot Trends - Espadrilles - Lazar - casual_1306458179161 together, but the solid blue ankle tie works to break up and temper the potentially dizzying combination. 

Another boldly printed pair of espadrilles is the pink, tan and black lace-up Lazar shoe from Nine West ($99). The tan tie works to cool down the print, but the lively pattern adds a nice pop of bright color that would work with solid black or cream-colored pieces.

For an elegant take on the statement espadrille, Boutique 9 is doing simple but still pretty treacherous-looking  wedges with solid white fabric crossing  the 89Nine West Blanca - Piperlime_1306458513523 top of the foot ($140).They would look great with a billowy white dress, perfect for a beachy affair or poolside party.

And for a solid punch of strong color, both Lanvin ($595) and Dior   225kate spade new york 'olé' sandal - Nordstrom_1306457751962 ($850)  have a hibiscus hued sandal that is a bright pinkish-red and just  scream to be worn while on a warm, summer holiday. Either would pair well with a bikini and a flowy caftan, making for a pretty dreamy vacation ensemble.

On the cooler side of solid, Kate Spade has a dainty and delicate wedge (left) with white and blue wavy detail on top and a ribbon ankle tie ($225). And the double buckle green espadrilles from Nine West ($89, above right) are casual enough to wear during the day with a little sundress as well as add an unexpected pop of color to the most basic summer uniform - the white t-shirt and denim cut offs.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

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Top: Lea Michele at Coachella/Jordan Strauss, WireImage, Left: Aldo Tong wedge $80 at www.aldoshoes.com/Aldo, right: Aldo Dyle wedge $100 at www.aldoshoes.com/Aldo, left: Boutique 9 $140 at www.ninewest.com/Nine West, Right: Theodora and Callum $395 at www.theodoraandcallum.com/Theodora and Callum, left: Nine West Lazar wedge sandals $99 at www.ninewest.com/Nine West, right: Dior Tahiti wedge sandals $850 at www.Nordstrom.com/Nordstrom, left: Kate Spade Ole sandal $225 at www.nordstrom.com/Nordstrom, right: Nine West Blanca sandal $89 at www.piperlime.com/Nine West

Long and pretty dresses to wear this Memorial Day and beyond

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Besides the fact that the maxi-length dress and skirt trend is in full swing, the Memorial Day holiday had 158Women's Madewell_Shop_By_Category - DRESSES - Wild Woodblock Sundress me thinking about long, flowy, pretty dresses that would be perfect to wear to this weekend's barbecues or outdoor Zarafloraldress6990activities. Plus you can get extra mileage out of these dresses should you have any summer vacations planned. Style them with the right pieces and they can carry over to the fall.

The pink floral version from Banana Republic is feminine and soft (above). But styled with menswear-inspired pieces the way they did in their fashion show, the dress can go from backyard cookout to work attire or dinner outfit with the addition of a neutral toned jacket or blazer and a statement necklace.

Same goes for this bold floral print dress from Zara (at right). The rich tones against an ivory background make this easy to pair with simple flat sandals or flip-flops for summer, as well as with a dark denim jacket and brown boots for fall or an evening BBQ.

The brown and black woodblock print from Madewell is another maxi style dress that’s super versatile (above left). By itself, it  has a tribal-summer vibe that would look great with black wedge sandals or even a splash of color in a pair of red espadrilles. But for cooler 49Calypso Women's Dresses - Calypso - Target Designers - Shopping Directory - Target_1306362237395 months, try black opaque tights, Victorian style lace up booties and a Tibi345netaporter fitted black leather jacket, for an instant boho-rocker look.

If you’re in the market for something full-on summery and bright, the Calypso St. Barths for Target line has a vibrant hot pink tie-dye print dress that will definitely stand out by the pool (at left). It’s roomy and caftan-esque. Just untie the little string belt and voila! You’ve gone from sleek silhouette to muumuu, which is a good feature for gatherings heavy on meat and potato salad this weekend.

Tibi has a strapless option with a greenish-blue watercolor pattern (at right). This screams sun-filled holiday and should be paired with some metallic flat sandals and a big floppy hat. 

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos: (Top) Banana Republic BR Monogram, $250 at www.bananarepublic.com. Credit: Banana Republic.  (Middle left) Madewell wild woodblock sundress, $158 at www.madewell.com. Credit: Madewell.  (Middle right) Zara floral print dress, $69.90 at Zara stores. Credit: Zara. (Bottom left) Calypso St. Barths for Target, $49 at Target stores and www.target.com. Credit: Target.  (Bottom right) Tibi strapless sundress, $345 at www.netaporter.com. Credit: Netaporter

Alexandra Cassaniti’s breezy shirts and canvas backpacks are cool for summer

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I stopped by designer Alexandra Cassaniti's Santa Monica studio this morning and was inspired to gear up for summer upon seeing her signature gauzy cheesecloth tops and cool canvas-and-leather backpacks  that would make a perfect bag for treks to the beach or any sunny getaway. 

The San Diego native and avid surfer’s work space is filled with so many accessories, all made locally, that are great for warm weather, and of course, a Southern California lifestyle. Besides the backpacks and gauzy tops (she started making the cheesecloth shirts to wear because of her own sensitive skin) Cassaniti makes printed canvas bags to hang on handlebars, funky sunglasses with reflective Xs on each lens and cool 1970s-style slip-on wedge GEDC0412sandals with a neoprene upper and insole. 

Her surf-inspired lifestyle line is a minimal approach to the colorful, hibiscus printed pieces made by so many mainstream action sports lines. It’s like beachwear for city dwellers who regularly surf, or at least ride their beach cruiser around Abbot Kinney on the weekends. 
 
--Melissa Magsaysay

Photos: (Top left) Cheesecloth tank top. (Top right) Neoprene wedge sandals and X-lens sunglasses. (Bottom) Canvas backpacks, all by Alexandra Cassaniti.  Credit: Melissa Magsaysay

Your Stylist: Yellow is summer’s 'it' color

Resident Image stylist and market editor Melissa Magsaysay soothes your sartorial woes in the weekly Your Stylist blog column

Jilsander895 I ran into my very cool and always fashionable friend Ali last week at (not surprisingly) the nail salon, and she was toting a season’s old, but very current looking, neon yellow Celine chain strap bag that brought incredible life to her simple ensemble of a charcoal gray blazer, black skinny trousers and white Tb175 t-shirt. It was the pop of yellow that tied her sleek basics together so well and worked perfectly to update a classic look. A pop of the sunny shade is also a great tool in this transitional weather -– you can wear lighter or layerable pieces from fall or winter and just update them with a hit of summery, sunshine-y color.

Ali’s yellow bag also caught my eye because the way she paired it with a tailored charcoal blazer made for such a fresh and interesting combination. The pairing worked similarly to the way the season’s acid bright hues look with tan or nude accents, but the citrus shade against a stormy palette feels so bold and unexpected.

Designers are not only churning out accessories in shocking versions of yellow, they’re also doing some variations on the yellow and gray combo. Check out Tory Burch’s contrasting elastic espadrille wedges – they’re primarily yellow, with a gray border on the straps. The gray helps to temper the brightness and adds a modern richness rather than just solid yellow straps.

Js450 Jil Sander also has a two-toned wedge using this cool color combo, this time with a little more of a silver. The asymmetrical straps on the Sander sandals are a lemon yellow and shimmery silver, providing an interesting contrast that would look great paired with cropped white jeans and a black T-shirt. The shoe also fits the season’s color blocking trend, but in a subtle and chic way.

Of course there are also a slew of fun and sunny yellow hand Ps1225 bags out there right now that will break up and revive your neutral basics or go-to items for summer. Go for something unapologetically yellow, not some soft buttery shade that teeters on tan or beige. Those colors are fine, but won’t have the same impact as these more shocking versions of the shade.

Smaller cross-body bags or a clutch is a good option, because it will give your look that right amount of  unexpected pop. For the more daring dresser, a larger tote or satchel in yellow looks great too -- it’s just much Newbark695 more of a commitment.

Don’t be intimidated by the color, temper it with white or gray for a clean and modern look. You can even pair a yellow bag with a floral dress that has little hits of yellow in it. The yellow accessory will work to bring out the color in the dress and tie your whole look together.

Yellow is definitely the color of summer and this time around, it’s anything but mellow.

Send your style queries to melissa.magsaysay@latimes.com

-- Melissa Magsaysay

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Photos:  (Top left) Jil Sander Market tote $895 at www.netaporter.com. Credit: Jil Sander. (Top right) Tory Burch elastic wedge sandal, $175 at www.shopbop.com. Credit: Tory Burch. (Middle left) Jil Sander sandal, $450 at www.shopbop.com. Credit: Jil Sander. (Middle right) Proenza Schouler PS1 satchel, $1,225 at www.netaporter.com. Credit: Proenza Schouler.  (Bottom left) Newbark two-tone tote bag $695 at www.netaporter.com. Credit: Newbark

Warby Parker launches sunglasses for summer


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Warby Parker, the eyewear company we told you about that donates a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair purchased, is venturing into sunglasses for summer, continuing with their vintage-inspired styles along with the appealing $95 price tag. IMG_6672Rev

There are five female frames and five unisex frames in the sun collection and each comes in two to three color options, including a striking tortoise and a cool blue color.

“We have been exploring new color palettes by mixing vintage patterns with modern color treatments, creating rich gray horns, blue smokes and other innovative yet wearable colors for differing personalities and moods,” says Neil Blumenthal, one of the designers and co-founders of the brand. “Each frame is deliberately designed to look great in diverse settings and is meticulously crafted to provide a superior IMG_6654Rev2 fit."

The glasses, which launch in June, come with polarized non-prescription lenses and the company aims to have prescription lenses available by the end of June. Each pair is also equipped with Teflon coated screws that will hopefully help the frames hold up should they take a beating while being worn during a fun-filled summer.

Warby Parker glasses are available at www.warbyparker.com.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

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Nanette Lepore’s retro inspired swimwear


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While much of the fashion community was putting on their most eye-catching designer dresses for Monday night’s Met Ball, Nanette Lepore had models stripping down to teeny bikinis and sexy one-piece swimsuits from her new swimwear line, which she presented poolside at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills Monday. Vargas-flame

The scorching afternoon was a perfect setting for the designer’s candy-colored bikinis and heavily printed suits. Much like her ready-to-wear line, the swim collection is a nod to retro motifs and is full of feminine details such as floral prints, polka dots and dainty tie closures.

Dashiki_0026[low] “With this swimwear collection, I’ve been able to go back into my old archives and revive some of the bold and bright patterns that were shelved,” said Lepore, who has been on a bit of a whirlwind tour. She flew into L.A. after attending the White House Correspondents dinner for which she dressed Arianna Huffington in a textured gold dress that the Huffington Post founder plucked right off the runway. “There’s a real feminine moment happening in fashion right now, and it’s great to be able to capture that.”

The suits are certainly for the girly girl. Lepore’s included everything from a vibrant pink-and-purple, rose print two-piece (with high-waist bottoms reminiscent of a voluptuous pinup), a flame colored bikini with boy short-esque bottom and even a “dashiki” print suit that’s got a summery yellow and green pattern emblazoned all over its small surface.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Top photo: Provence Rose Coquette swimsuit top ($81.00) and Provence Rose Sweetheart bottom ($75.00). Credit: Nanette Lepore

Bottom left: Dashiki Vixen top ($77.00) and Dashiki Vamp bottom ($69). Credit: Nanette Lepore

Bottom right: Vargas Coquette top ($75.00) and Flirt bottom ($69.00). Credit: Nanette Lepore

Your Stylist: Finding the right swimsuit for a post-baby body

Resident Image stylist and market editor Melissa Magsaysay soothes your sartorial woes in the weekly Your Stylist blog column.

Having recently had a baby, I’m not in swimsuit shape, and I probably won’t be for a few months. What are your feelings about ruching? Good idea or not? DN, Los Angeles

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First, for anyone unfamiliar with the term or detail of ruching, it’s when fabric is gathered evenly to create a rippling-like effect.  On swimsuits it tends to add a 1940s starlet vibe as well as overall texture to the item. Ruching can be a really great thing if used properly and put in the right place of a Oceanside Tank- One-Piece 5995 garment.

In the case of swimwear, suits are generally ruched across the front of a suit in a horizontal pattern to create that bombshell allure, but as we all know, horizontal lines across the  midsection are not really anyone’s best friend.

Stay away from ruching (or any embellishment for that matter) across the tummy area. I always think of it like tying a sweatshirt around the waist to “hide” a large backside –- it’s going to have the opposite effect by drawing attention to the area. It’s like when celebrities wear huge sunglasses and a hat to shield themselves from getting noticed -– the first thing we do is notice them.

Try going for something that has ruching on the bust or upper area of the suit to pull focus up rather than to any potential problem areas. I adore these two suits from J. Crew (top) for a couple of reasons:  They are two-piece suits -- a tank top and bikini bottoms -- so the midsection has a little room and there’s still a nice clean line throughout. And they are both delicately ruched at the bust area, which adds an interesting detail that will keep eyes up, rather than draw attention toward the midsection. They also come in rich colors like this emerald green and peppy lilac. While a black suit seems like the natural choice when trying to wear something slimming, I think these solid shades are summery and vibrant while remaining understated.This va-va-voom red suit from L.L. Bean (right) also has a delicate detail at the bust to deflect attention from the midsection and draw focus up.

Onepiecesuits If you’re set on some ruching across the tummy, make sure it doesn’t add any poufiness to the area. This suit from MagicSuit (left) is designed to smooth out any lumps and bumps and stay away from adding any bulk. I would recommend getting this one in black because a ruched suit in a darker color will give you the benefit of having a little wiggle room around the midsection, but refrain from catching any light and shadow from the sun, thus highlighting the area the way a brighter colored suit with ruching at the tummy would. This suit also has a built-in bra, which could also come in handy for support and shape.


Dkny72VS So far I’ve only recommended solid-colored suits, because prints can get really tricky and in most cases draw attention to areas you’d rather they not, as well as create kind of a dizzying effect that might make some areas look bigger than they are. If you go with a print, just make sure it flatters the right areas -– again, maybe it draws attention to an area that you do want to flaunt, this distracting from an area you don’t.   

This suit from Spanx (above, right) (it’s a Spanx swimsuit, need I say more?) is two-toned with vertical white piping against a black halter-swimsuit. The vertical lines narrow the frame and draw the eye up and down instead of across and the V-neck halter adds a fun, sporty, yet retro touch to this slimming suit, which also comes with padded cups at the bust and a compression liner that runs from under the bust to the lower torso.

Send your style queries to melissa.magsaysay@latimes.com


Melissa Magsaysay

Photos, from top: J Crew ruched Swing Tank ($60) and bottom ($46) at J Crew, left, and J Crew ruched Lido tank ($58) and bottom ($38) at J Crew (credit: J Crew); L.L. Bean Oceanside tank one-piece suit ($59.95) at www.llbean.com (credit: LL Bean); Magicsuit one-piece swimsuit ($146) at www.victoriassecret.com, left,  and Spanx Trim V-neck one-piece swimsuit ($188) at www.victoriassecret.com (credit: Victoria's Secret); DKNY one-piece swimsuit ($72) at www.victoriassecret.com (credit: Victoria's Secret).

Your Stylist: Getting beach ready while staying Earth friendly


Resident Image stylist and market editor Melissa Magsaysay soothes your sartorial woes in the weekly Your Stylist blog column Bkr.high res
 
In this installment of Your Stylist, we address Earth Day and items that are as chic as they are eco-friendly.   VitaminA

Earth Day is Friday and, though I try to abide by the “Every Day is Earth Day” mantra, it’s a good time to highlight brands and products that are using sustainable or recycled material, and are making a concerted effort to cut down on their overall carbon footprint, while still managing to design a cool-looking item that doesn’t have to scream Mother Nature in order to be Earth friendly. 

I’ve decided to pack an eco-chic beach bag, because, well, it’s feeling a bit like beach weather and also to present to anyone in the market for summer/beach wares that it’s totally possible to get ready for summer while using and wearing recycled, sustainable or organic products.

DetoxifyFirmingBodyTreatment_100mlpkg.large I love the design, gummy candy color and of course, function of the BKR glass water bottles. They are encased in a nontoxic, dishwasher-safe silicone sleeve. Both the silicone and glass are 100% recyclable and because the glass is chemically inert it doesn’t affect the taste of the liquid you pour into it and doesn’t contain any unsafe chemicals or components. Besides looking cool, the BKR bottle will help keep you hydrated without having to reach for a plastic container of bottled water. $28 at www.mybkr.com.

Orange County-based Vitamin A Swimwear has a line of eco-friendly swimwear made from a 100% recycled nylon fiber called Repreve, a material created from waste diverted from K0614LX landfills. Besides the Earth-friendly aspect, I really like the bold, graphic print of this black-and-white bikini. And what’s a sunny day by the pool or an early supper as the sun goes  down without a flowy, watercolor-printed caftan? The line is filled with vivid colors and prints that eco-friendly clothing lines generally fall short of incorporating into their collections. It’s refreshing to see such bold hues used here, especially because it’s swimwear. Available at www.vitaminaswim.com.

Before shimmying into the bikini, a nice slimming scrub is always welcome. Amala Skincare is formulated without petrochemicals, parabens or genetically modified ingredients and uses all-natural ingredients in each of its products. The Firming Body Treatment is supposed to firm and smooth skin with the use of myrtle, sea algae and apricot kernel. $44 for 50ml. Before working on ECO129 your tan, scrub away the dead skin with their Body Scrub, which contains crushed olive stone and sea salt. $26 for 50ml at www.barneys.com.

What’s a day at the beach without a hat and some shades? Kangol has released its latest collection of eco-friendly hats and this earthy brown fedora is versatile whether you’re lying out or just running errands around town and want some extra sun protection. The styles in their eco collection are made from sustainable bamboo and dyed with nontoxic materials such as pomegranate, orange and chestnut. $36-$86 at www.kangol.com. Naya120

A company called ECO which stands for “Earth Conscious  Optics,” has a range of classic styles all made from recycled plastic and metal. The lenses are polarized, which is key for optimal eye protection, and for each pair bought the company will plant a tree. I particularly like the shape and contrasting tortoise color of the E0103 frames -- they’re slightly sporty with a '70s vintage appeal. $129 at www.sunglasshut.com 

It’s not easy to find shoes that are cute and environmentally responsible -- especially a versatile pair of sandals that don’t have an orthopedic aesthetic. Naya Footwear uses natural fabrics and vegetable-tanned  Suncreations15 leather for their shoes and soy-based inks and recycled paper in their boxes. The Women’s Sister sandal in Palmetto is a chic strappy flat sandal that comes in array of colors. I like the green leather because they pop against easy basics and liven up go-to summer staples like denim cut-offs and a white T-shirt. $120 at www.zappos.com

And finally, of course, there is the beach bag. This vibrant blue-and-white tote from Sun Creations is made entirely of recycled plastic bags called “plarn” (plastic yarn) and crocheted to create this fun and waterproof little bag. It wipes clean with a damp towel and sand will fall right out the bottom with a good shake. Each bag saves about 50 grocery bags from ending up in a landfill. $15 at www.etsy.com

Happy Earth Day.

Send your style queries to melissa.magsaysay@latimes.com

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photos, from top: BKR glass bottles; eco-friendly bikini and caftan from Vitamin A Swimwear; Amala Skincare Detoxifying firming body treatment; Kangol eco-friendly fedora; ECO sunglasses; Naya Footwear Women's Sister Sandal; Sun Creations recycled plastic bag tote bag. Credits: BKR; Vitamin A Swimwear; Amala Skincare; Kangol; Sunglass Hut; Naya Footwear; Sun Creations


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