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Retro glam, à la Brigitte Bardot and other starlets of the 1950s and 1960s, inspires this summer’s swim trends. The forecast: high waists, balconette tops, and belted bottoms that flaunt—or cover—all the right places.

“Flirt” top, $140, at Malia Mills
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Used to be hard to find stylish swimwear in Chicago, but we’re happy to report a fabulous new shop:Malia Mills, a New York based swimwear designer, has opened  store in Lincoln Park (2050N. Halsted St. ;773-404-0467).Pieces are sold separately-bottoms come in clothing sizes 2 to 16, with tops in bra sizes 30 AA to 40 DD.

FIND OF THE MONTH The fashion-forward, but sturdy, sunglasses by Salt Optics, a California company run by surfing enthusiasts. There’s a handy fit guide for facial types (square, oval, etc.) at saltoptics.com, or try ’em in person at D/Vision eyeglass boutique in Wicker Park. 1756 W. Division St.

EXPERT TIP Pricey self-tanners abound, so imagine our surprise when Chicago makeup artist Joyce Taft steered us to her favorites . . . at CVS! She uses L’Oréal’s Sublime Glow for faces and Jergens Natural Glow Express on arms/legs. “The best part is,” she says, “they cost $15 together.”
DRESS UP Whether it’s for a cocktail party or just work, Wicker Park’s new Le Dress has you covered—well, everything but your legs, that is.
“Dresses have really made a comeback,” says co-owner Eva Anderson, “because they’re easy, comfortable, and just one item.” 1741 W. Division St.

WHERE TO BUY
Calypso, 50 E. Oak St.; 312-649-9934
Gap Body, various locations; gapbody.com
J. Crew, 900 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-751-2739
Kate Spade, 56 E. Oak St.; 312-654-8853
Kiehl’s, 907 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-665-2515
Malia Mills, 2050 N. Halsted St.; 773-404-0467
Solstice, 900 N. Michigan Ave.; 312-274-1617
Spa Space, 161 N. Canal St.; 312-466-9585
Spex, 2136 N. Halsted St.; 773-975-7867
Stellar26, 4164 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-388-2626
Stitch, 1723 N. Damen Ave.; 773-782-1570
Ulta, various locations; ulta.com

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