Pretty soon you'll regularly throw on a bikini and head to your favorite beach, park, or roof to sun yourself. So for this installment of "Take Five," in which five stores style one wardrobe essential, Ford+ model and current Levi's face Marquita Pring hit some of our favorite Soho shops in a basic black bikini. See how Calypso St. Barth, Thomas Sires, Babel Fair, Cynthia Vincent, and Topshop dressed up a $39 Old Navy swimsuit in the slideshow.
Chelsea Netzband, manager of the newly opened Cynthia Vincent boutique, went straight for a slate-colored crepe de chine romper ($248) and added a burst of color with green Juno espadrilles ($195) and embroidered suede grocery bag ($275). Chelsea accessorized with Native American gem rings in turquoise and coral ($120 each), antique brass interlaced bangle ($275), and the store's own Cynthia Vincent vintage necklace.
Thomas Sires co-owner Fiona Thomas wanted to create a street-ready look. She put Marquita in their black beans print sleeveless shirt dress ($325), black bernardo gladiator sandals ($195), and accessorized with Annie Costello Brown shell strand necklaces in black and turquoise ($320 each) and multicolor Colombian Canaflecha bangles ($5 each). She finished the look with salmon jacquard Fouta towel ($60), which could double as a wrap or a makeshift beach towel on the fly.
The Topshop teams put Marquita in the feather kimono dress ($150) cinched with the skinny plaited belt ($32) and Baxter straight-leg jeans ($80) for some extra coverage, which is great if the evening turns chilly. They topped off the look with the straw ribbon hat ($44), Hessien slouchy bag ($60), and a pair of the Wanda three-buckle wedges ($100).
Calypso St. Barth
Calypso St. Barth's vice-president of design, Elisa Miller, describes this look as "simple but incredibly chic." Over her bikini, Marquita wears the Calypso St. Barth tunnel neck henley ($175), JADEtribe's Nicole tote ($150), Tkees flip-flops ($55), a Rebecca Norman rocky cuff ($250), and an Antik Batiks lunda necklace($135). For an easy day-to-night transition, Miller recommends slipping on a pair of white trousers and espadrille wedges.
Babel Fair owner Erica Kiang, who describes her merchandise as "exotic," accessorized with MYMU espadrilles from Spain and Vanessa Mooney beaded necklaces from Africa. She wanted to emphasize the bikini by adding their Something Else twig cardi ($109), Aryn K army vest ($99), Covet knit shorts ($79), Compania de Sombreros bag ($69), and a Mike Gonzalez turban ($69).
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