Best For The Summer: Must Have Beach Accessories

July 5, 2011 6:00 AM

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Beach Heat

The beach may not provide much relief from the heat Tuesday. (Credit: CBS)

Just head East this summer. Chicago’s 33—yes 33!—beaches span the Lakefront and offer an urban retreat for those looking to unwind in the sun. Part of your beach-bound fun is the style you sport – straw, stripes, and puka shells included! Start simple and build on a classic bikini with eclectic accessories.
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Segmented Shades

Anthropologie
108 N State St # 142
Chicago, IL
312-899-0969
Hours: 10 am-9 pm / Fri 10 am-3 pm / Sun 10 am-6 pm
www.anthropologie.com

A return to the 60s. These vintage-inspired glasses block the rays at a reasonable price of $28. They feature a yellow or turquoise accent color, nickel and brass adornment, and a unique shape. Your eyes will thank you while you soak up the summer rays.

Pleated Bandeau & Side Pleat Bikini

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Gap
555 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 494-8580
Hours: 9 am-9 pm / Sun 10 am-7 pm
www.gap.com

There is something about wearing yellow that says summer is here. You can’t hit the water without this bikini from Gap. It’s bright yellow, strapless, and the pleats polish off the feminine design. $18.99 for the top and $16.99 for the bottom, so it’s even a great deal as well as being the look for summer.

Staring at Stars Gauze Strapless Dress

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Urban Outfitters
935 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611 
(312) 640-1919
Hours: 10:00 AM-9:00 PM Monday-Thursday 
10:00 AM-10:00 PM Friday-Saturday 
11:00 AM-7:00 PM Sunday

A great dress to cover-up pre or post-beach outings is a must in the summer. This one from Urban Outfitters is cotton, knee-length, and only $29.99. A frock silhouette gives the dress nice movement with frilled edges. Top it off with a braided wrap belt and you can even wear it out after the beach.

Nine West Hat, Straw Microbrim with Beads

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(credit: Nine West for Macy’s)

Macy’s
111 N State St
Chicago, IL 60602 
(312) 781-1000
Hours: 10 am-8 pm / Sun 11 am-6 pm
www.macys.com

Make a statement on top and keep cool while spending a lazy day on the beach. This straw hat comes with all the trimmings: cute, colorful beading and puka shells. The price tag isn’t too bad either at just $32. Check out your local Macy’s to purchase.

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Beach Day’s Bag

Francesca’s Collections
2012 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 244-4075
Hours: 10 am-6 pm
 / Fri-Sat 10 am-7 pm
 / Sun 12 pm-6 pm
www.francescascollections.com

The nautical look is timeless, especially for a beach bag. Haul all of your beach must haves around in this red-and-white striped bag with rope handles. Inside find a zip closure and interior pouch, a steal at just $24. Available at your local Francesca’s Collections, hurry up and grab it before summer ends.

Jenny Schooley is a Chicago-based writer and editor. She currently works in publishing for an academic organization.

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