Beach Couture: Sexy Swimwear

The beach is not off-limits when it comes to high fashion. Just because you’re wearing next to nothing in the presence of strangers doesn’t mean you should throw all sense of style out the window.
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470105281b_2 What is “beach couture”? It doesn't mean basic bikinis and swimsuits worn with a plain t-shirt and flip flops. If you're hitting the sands in South Beach or poolside at the Delano, you'll want to "dress" to impress with European styled cut-out onepiece suits or couture bikinis like this one from Emilio Pucci. If you're going to lounge by the pool and skip the frolicking in the water, you can opt for a fancier swimsuit like this one by Cavalli.

But the fashion show doesn't end with your suit. You'll want to compliment your stunning swimsuit with a sexy cover-up, sandals and a designer beach towel. Oh and don't forget your designer sunglasses.









Christies one piece suit

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Byblos one piece suit

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Sexy Beach Cover Ups

Emilio Pucci Cover-up

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Cristina Ferrari

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Designer Beach Towels

Funky beach towel

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Floral beach towel

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Madison Los Angeles: Belisi Be List

Madison Los Angeles

What it is: Madison in Los Angeles offers designer clothing including shoes, handbags, & jeans, and is the coveted secret of celebrity stylists who rely on Madison’s generous inventory of the most renowned designers--and rising stars in the fashion world.

They have a bricks-and-mortar store on Melrose Avenue, Robertson Blvd, in Brentwood on San Vicente, and in Malibu. But they also have a fashion website, www.MadisonLosAngeles.com, for those of us who don’t have a Southern California zip code.

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ShopBarbara.com: The Belisi B List

ShopBarbara.com

What it is: An online shopping website for Barbara Silberman, who has gained a reputation in South Florida for carrying fine lingerie collections from On Gossamer, Cosabella lingerie, Jezabel lingerie,  Oscar De La Renta and others. ShopBarbara.com offers more than intimate apparel; you can find tops and dresses you probably won't find elsewhere.

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Belisi commentary: Is modest sexy?

Do have to bare it all to look, or better yet, feel sexy? Is there a difference in the type of attention you get when you wear a bum-skimming mini and a plunging neckline versus a modest sheath and a high-neck collar? Is there a way to cover up and not look like a blast from a Jane Austen novel? Indeed there is! While the rest of the world may be going to hell in a handbasket, it seems showing a little less skin is sexier than ever. Jackie_o_shabby_apple

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Are you ready for Swimsuit Season?

You know you've been thinking about it for the past six months. You knew swimsuit season was right around the corner. So why does it feel like it just crept up and caught you off-guard? It's okay. We're right there with you. Swimsuit styles are varied and flattering this season, with tons of 60s inspired bikinis and one pieces (Yes! One pieces are sexy and cool again!).

Here's a quick-hit list of some of my favorite suits with all the essential beach/pool gear for a red hot summer.

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History of the Bathing Suit

Believe it or not, swimsuits have been around since the days of Ancient Rome, when public bathing was all the rage (hence the term bathing suit). What's interesting is that the suits women wore a millennia ago were shockingly similar to the suits women wear today. When the trend crossed the pond to America, conservative minds grabbed hold of the idea, turning functional lightweight swimsuits into bulky dresses made out of wool.

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