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Summer doesn't actually start until June 21, but there's no better time than right now to make a checklist and start shopping for beach accoutrements for the perfect day at any one of Chicago's 33 beaches. And if you plan to sun in style—like, high-rollin'—then you're going to need to plan accordingly so your bank account won't feel a thing.
Let's start with this Tory Burch one-piece for $225 in royal purple. It's classic enough so you don't fee like you're giving away the farm but has decorative open weave trim so it's just the right amount of sexy. Add a few 720ml bottles of Mizbasho sparkling sake from Union Sushi, made in the same technique as Champagne and you've got yourself the start to a beach party.
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Well, then what will you carry your beach ball in? It's a special order, obvi at Chanel and will only set you back $10,000. The Michigan Ave boutique has only sold one so far this season.
Now sun care: Linda Farrow has some cool specs from the Dries Van Noten collaboration that just happen to match your suit. Prices vary, and may be steep from Racked 38 Member Blake. This pair, the Dries van Noten 37 is $370 and comes in four color ways.
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You've got your SPF 50 Tory Burch bathing suit and your Lanvin visor, but if you need more protection you can always count on Kiehl's. The legendary Facial Fuel comes in UV Guard SPF 50 and will run you $38.
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Next, you're not going to want to get your butt all sandy so you whip out your brand new Missoni towel. It's not technically a beach towel but at 36" by 59" it will definitely keep you from getting sand where it doesn't belong. The catch here is that you're going to have to get a set of five Missoni towels--you can't get just the one. The big towel also comes with two bath towels and two hand towels. Set of five is $295 at Stitch on Damen in Bucktown.
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And finally to kind-of match the color scheme of your new Missoni towel, you'll need a hide-out for naps and canoodling with other beach babes. This teepee by Hip Huts is your answer. It's easily portable, snaps together in seconds and is only $250.