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Thinking about getting out of dodge—and onto a sandy beach—this winter? We're a little jealous, but not too bitter to dole out a little shopping advice. We asked the Chicago-based Dana Hokin, managing director of the Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands, what to bring on an idyllic jaunt to a beach-side spot. From Bermuda shorts to tan-kinis, here's what she recommends:
1. Swimwear: A tankini is a must! Finding a swimsuit in Chicago is tough in the dead in the winter, but check out Londo Mondo or Top Shop's new collection of swimsuits. Barbara Hulanicki, the famous British designer, has a line at Top Shop and also designed The Bitter End bedspreads and beachfront cottage furniture—we are huge fans! Londo Mondo is great because they carry a full line of designer swimwear and active wear year round.
3. Resort Wear: I wear all white because it's easy to pack and it dresses up and down easily. My evening go-to is an Akris sleeveless asymmetrical tunic over a pair of white cotton Loro Piana crop pants. During the day, I wear white Bermuda shorts and a simple white t-shirt.
4. Beach Bag: Nothing says "hit the beach" like a perfect island tote. Tory Burch totes make the stroll to the beach beautiful and carefree.
5. Active Clothing: The North Face has great dry tech gear for hiking or being on the water, and Hanig Footwear offers an extensive selection of casual and dress shoes that will keep your feet feeling comfortable and looking great.
6. Jewelry: You may not automatically think of jewelry when hitting the beach, but a stunning accessory can enhance your favorite bikini. I recently launched a jewelry collection called Dh Designs that is inspired by my travels, and designed to gracefully stand up to the element. The DH necklace is understated and elegant. Better yet, it can be worn underwater—and it can stand up to bug spray, salt water, and suntan lotion.