Haute Child in the City

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There’s absolutely no limit to summertime chic. Photography by Tim Willoughby. Styling by Ikeda Feingold. 

Listen up, sun lovers. Although the outdoors may be hot enough to make the devil sigh, you can still be haute.  The poolside glitterati will have no truck with flip-flops, frayed cut-offs and faded tees.  Summer 2012 is all about the boho glamour, shimmer and studs.

Dive down into your dress-up box and spark a little fantasy.  Be the Artist’s black-and-white backdrop in a monochrome bathing suit. Test the solar power of the brights—the tangerines and the marigold yellows—against the cool shade of a tree.  Dare to lounge in a maxi like a jungle cat seeking serenity on the savanna. 

This feather-light wrap dress makes a sophisticated comfy cover-up. Karina Grimaldi wrap dress, $350 at James Gunn, 115 W. Broughton St., 790-7500. Christine Hibert hair accessory, $75 at Terra Cotta, 34 Barnard St., 236-6150, www.terracotta savannah.com. Denise Carson suede and floral necklace (worn as a belt), $88, and Elizabeth Thompson gold snake earrings, $350 at ShopSCAD, 340 Bull St., 525-5180, www.shopscad.com.  

Ruching and ruffles make the one-piece anything but one-note. On Jessica (left): Nanette Lepore floral one-piece swimsuit, $178, and BB Dakota lace Solana cardigan, $92 at James Gunn. Bazz de Grant pearl bracelet, $284, and Kristi Hyde 14k gold-filled earrings with apatite, garnet and amethyst, $189. On Mandy (right): Michael Kors ruffle bandeau, $168 at James Gunn. Sarah Lewis gold necklace with gemstones (worn as headpiece), $198, Bazz de Grant buckle bracelet, $272, and Jessica Hallsey ombre necklace, $1,796 at ShopSCAD.

Sleek and sportive, this asymmetrical tank gets a luxe lift from chic accessories. Michael Kors off-the-shoulder swimsuit, $112 at James Gunn. Bazz de Grant nautical necklace, $230, and Merline Labissiere braided gold necklace, $36 at ShopSCAD. Studded platform heels, stylist’s own.