Perfect tans; salt-soaked, natural waves; and cool, sporty suits. No wonder we all covet the classic wave-rider aesthetic. We saw a sophisticated rendition, thanks to fashion photographer Greg Kadel's editorial for Vogue Spain, and that chic take seems to be holding as Michael Kors featured a surf theme for his Resort 2012 collection. Whether it's a fashion-meets-function rashguard, neoprene beach bag, or a pair of boho-cool woven wedges, effortless surf style is easy to attain. For all of you beach babes having neoprene dreams this Summer, here are 10 great pieces that will help you capture the ultimate surfer-girl style.
With the help of a few Fab accessories, Emmy Rossum takes a little black and white print dress from 'laxed hippie to street chic. She layers with a cool, knit vest, defines the waist with a wide woven belt ($8), and instead of the predictable sandal, finishes the look with an edgier black bootie ($195). Just click the items above to shop a similar style.
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>> Whether it's your brother, buddy, or homie lover friend, we have nine gift ideas that are sure to impress him this holiday season. An awesome foldable bike for the mover and shaker, a cocktail set for the libations connoisseur, leather messenger bag for the one who carries it all . . . and more guy-approved fodder in the slideshow.
There are few movies that made a bigger impact than Avatar, and there are probably few things cooler than a leggy, blue Avatar chick for your own Fabby Halloween. Now, don't panic; getting a Na'vi's look is easier than it looks. Just think of a serene blue palette and feathered jewels. Try abstract printed swim separates ($18, originally $39), then add shredded leggings ($38), and pile on the eclectic jewels — and don't forget your blue face paint! Click the items above to get started.
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What's got Thandie in such a good mood? Must be her Solange Azagury-Partridge technicolor jewels. These are total outfit candy, we're talking old-school primary colors in glossy stones and gems — think Rainbow Brite gone glam, and more grown-up. I love how Thandie flaunts the bold, bright hues of pretty rhinestones and a sparkly neon ring. I'd throw mine on as a complement to metallics, or just to jazz up my basics. Try a pop of color in one vibrant accessory, or taste the rainbow all at once, if you please. The jewels don't have to be big, but I promise they'll be bold.
I was doing my monthly Swell peruse when I came across Billabong's Designer Closet collection. Billabong is looking to up its fashion game with a 12-piece high fashion collection — here are a few of the beach-centric offerings, some designed by surfer and Billabong spokesmodel Tori Praver. Not only would I consider several of these items (come to mama, blue tie-dye maxi), while supplies last, if you purchase any piece, you receive a free Billabong canvas tote. Beach party outfit and bag in the bag.
I always get stuck when it comes to buying gifts for all the young dudes. This holiday, I've come prepared with a selection of fresh gifts for every type: the musical genius, fresh skateboarder, tech-savvy, and sports enthusiast. What boy wouldn't love these awesome Von Zipper Chakkra Gloss Ski Goggles ($95). I want a pair for myself. Make sure to check out all the Sugar Network's 2009 Holiday Gift Guides as well.
You already know Swell is my treasure trove for beachy duds. Allow me to take you on a tour of its Summer look book. Not sure what new bikini style to frolic in this Summer? All the trends are covered: neon, exotic, tie-dye, graphic prints, mismatching. I guess the only thing missing is one-pieces, but skimpy is the way of the surfer girl. Be sure to take a gander at Swell's dresses look book, too.
The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue models know — having too many swimsuits is never a bad thing. I'll add to that, especially if you live in the water during summertime like I do. Personally, I tend to veer toward bandeau-style bikinis because they're sporty chic, comfortable, and don't cause tan lines. What's your swimsuit style — string, monokini, cutout, asymmetrical, halter? No prob, I've got you covered. Newlyweds in the house, this is your chance to nab a sexy suit for your steamy honeymoon!
Did you know Fab surfs? I'm by no means pro, but I've been practicing my heart out. To further my wave riding abilities, I'm heading to a surfin' vacay in Costa Rica! I already have my bikinis, so I needed you help me put together an outfit for post-surf activities. I asked you to think casual glamour — flat sandals are a must.
I started you off with this Insight Galactic Forest Triangle Top ($35) because I can't resist the adorable manimals. Let's see the top three ensembles!
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