What to wear during Chicago summers

After a winter that has made most of us wonder why the heck we actually LIVE here, it’s time to fall back in love with our city on the shore. This month I’m sharing four trendy essentials for all those upcoming lakeside escapades, beach picnics or community pool parties.

1 The Super Suit

When I received the “look book” for Target’s new summer collection, there may have been some serious shrieking. And not the scary kind. This season, the big box store of joy has done a bang-up job at combining “chic and trendy” with “cover up my lady parts, will ya?” Here are a few of my faves:

Mossimo monokini in blue/orange floral, $39.99

Merona one-piece in palm green, $34.99

Merona one-piece in black/ivory print, $34.99

2 The Perfect Cover-Up

Instead of wearing a simple T-shirt that does absolutely nothing to keep you from getting crisped while romping around with your kids in the outdoors, check out this breathable and lightweight top that looks great in the grocery store, summer camp carpool or splashing about in the waves.

Mott 50 Sun Protection shirt, $60,

3 The Face Guard

Those of us who grew up in the baby-oil-as-suntan-lotion era are not always the most diligent when it comes to protecting our faces from UVA rays on a daily basis—not just when we’re at the beach. I recently discovered the Skinfo line of skin care and I am loving the oil-free, lightweight sunscreen that also includes a little vitamin A, C and E. Protection and pampering all in one.

Skinfo Vita Lite Protect 50+, $30,

4 The Fabulous Flips

With celebrity fans such as Halle Berry, Eva Longoria and Jessica Alba, these bling flip flops from Girl Two Doors Down add fun, glam and a hint of sexy to any occasion. Whether you’re wearing long maxi dresses as you run errands with the kiddos, capri pants to a summer picnic or lounging pool side in your bathing suit, the sassy sayings on the shoe’s sole are guaranteed to make you smile. $49,

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