This week FiFi’s top ten is all about beach dressing : Shall we call it resort dressing to make it sound even more glamorous? It’s a mix of fabulous cheap but chic pieces back with a few more expensive investments. But who doesn’t want a Missoni stripe beach bag? I have chosen a lovely mix of blue and orange with a dash of watermelon and white. All the colours work together or back with black or white. LOVE! Now if we could just get the weather to improve..
The beach basket:
The chicest thing to take to the beach has to be a French Market Basket . I love this fabulous one from Simon Johnson. It’s “hand woven in Morocco using palm fronds” with leather handles. You can toss everything in from Books, Vogues, sunscreen, water, towel and ipod. It’s what all the French carry to the plage. And when it gets too heavy you can just ask George Clooney to carry it. He loves anything stylish. It’s perfect to take to the markets when you are in the south of France. As you do.$46.20 simonjohnson
I think it’s always great to have a pair of sunglasses on hand to take to the beach which are not too jooshie. Snazzy. Or expensive. You want to be able to trash them a little with sand and seawater. You don’t want to fret too much as you would with your new Miu Miu Noirs from Sunglass Hut. Which is why I love these lovely Le Specs in a colour called blush. Which you will when everyone says how chic you look. You see sunglasses with a clear or beige frame are the coolest. And what’s great about this pretty shade is that it’s very flattering against the skin. You will look glamorous. Oh and they might keep the sun out of your eyes. Le Specs Runaways in Blush. $59.95 Generalpants.com.au
If you are a fashionista then you know that K. Jaques are THE sandal to wear. Darling, everyone from Cap D’Antibes to St Tropez wear them. So simple. So chic. So beautifully made. LOVE. Which is why these gorgeous sandals have sold out online at Net a Porter already. http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/101830 My point? You need to know what’s actually cool. And hip. And Chic. Dags be gone. So please don’t cry. Put down that bottle of gin and stop hyperventilating. You shall go the ball. You shall be groovy. Head toute suite to Shopbop for a fabulous selection of K Jaques. From about $250. Free shipping in 3 days. Shut up. If you can’t quite stretch the budget then head to Payless ( yes, for $39 you can kill them for that price) or Wittner who both have fabulous T bar sandals.
The Beach bag:
If there are rules for living a chic life then rule #1 is to own and cherish anything Missoni. It could be a towel, a scarf, a dress or it could be the perfect stripe beach bag. DIVINE. I love and adore and want to kiss this stripe bag. It’s so perfect for the beach or just to use every day. It’s just the right size for carrying around in the crook of your arm. All those colours in the stripes means it will work with whatever you choose to throw on. Anyway who will notice what you are wearing when all eyes will be on this tote? Yes, please. It’s $345 but it will last forever. A classic that will never date.from Spenceandlyda.com.au
I love the store “Tree of life”. It’s cheap but chic heaven. You can get your entire beach holiday wardrobe right here without spending more than $200. That would include Indian Kaftans, dresses and this gorgeous red/orange/watermelon tie dye cotton hoodie. Isn’t fabulous? Purrrfect for the beach or pool. It’s long enough to cover the muffin legs and to give good sun coverage. Then when you have tatty, ratty, skanky beach hair just pull up the hood, pop on your Le Specs sunglasses, grab your Missoni bag and start sauntering along in your K. Jaques sandals. The paparazzi can go for it. CHIC with a capital C. $55 Treeoflife.com
Sometimes you want to wear pants to the beach/pool on holidays. Jeans can get too hot. Dresses don’t always work. I love these cotton, stone washed peg leg pants from Jac and Jack. They have the perfect cut with a slouch front and a narrow ankle. Very 80’s if you can remember. Bless. The light blue is a chic colour but there is also a light grey and black. All colours work as a neutral with brights. Roll them up, show off your ankles. Wear with flats or at night with sexy heels and sequin tank layered over a white tank. They have an elasticized waist band at the back- so sneaky - so you can eat as many almond magnums as you want and not feel a thing. $260 Jacandjack.com
The Tank dress:
If there is one dress you need for casual chic dressing it’s a simple tank dress. Toss it over the bikini. Throw it on to wear to breakfast. The great news is that this little number is knee length (On most people). It has a higher scoop neckline so it gives a bit of cleavage coverage. I like the twisted seams and, what they call, a ragged raw edge. All adds up to be one cool little number. It’s not super slinky but it won’t give you that -pregnant-I’m-having-twins-look either. When you’re not. It’s pre- shrunk and machine washable too. Just like you. Oh and it’s in lots of great colours as well. $120 Bassike.com
Bensimon Classic Lace Up sneakers:
Today’s FiFi Report is all about chic classics to wear on holidays or to the beach. It’s about low key, stylish dressing. What the French call ‘insouciance.’ You know : that paired down and very clean, simple look that seems thrown together and effortless. The Bensimon sneaker is the coolest. Up there with Petit Bateau. It’s all you need for summer. Throw on with a summer dress, with shorts or chinos. Everything you own. Go crazy with bright colours ( They come in amazing shades as you can see here. ) Buy online at at Shopbop.com for $61.08. You also can buy them at Seed.
You need a hat for the beach. You need to wear a hat in summer in Australia. End of story. You can always tell the tourists on the beach because they’re the ones who are bright orange. And Hat-less. Thank god hats are back in fashion. The trilby style may not always have a wide enough brim but at least you will get some coverage. And a few less wrinkles. I love a chic white panama hat. The ones I spied at Stand Hatters seemed to be big enough to give good shade. The lovely hand woven straw hats from Ecuador are great and always seem to bounce back into shape. Plus there are 12 styles to choose from. From $160. You can also try Seed where this is a cute one for $59 or try Hammockheaven.com.au where the Panama hats are $79.
The Sweat Tee:
We all need a tee top or something to throw on when it gets a bit chilly on the beach or yacht. You want this little sweat tee from Country Road in white (Which I love but it doesn’t look so good on the page) or in this groovy red. It’s very Flash Dance. Who knew that look would ever come back? Now that it is I quite like the look. Wear it pulled off the shoulder. Go for a size that’s bigger because it will still look great when it’s loose and slouchy. Or try it small and neat. Wear it over a long sleeve tee with jeans or chinos. Try it with a cute cargo skirt or shorts or just throw it over a tank dress. Perm and aerobics dance competition optional $59.95 Countryroad.com.au