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Surf-Inspired Fashion Brands for Your Endless Summer

In the immortal words of Patrick Swayze, “Surfing’s the source, man.” Derek Lam, Alexander McQueen, and Michael Kors—who cited Australian beach babes as the inspiration for his “surf Jackie O” collection—certainly think so. With Resort 2012 collections full of neoprene dresses and wet-suit rompers, surf culture has officially moved off the shore and onto the street. These five brands merge elegant fabrics and beach-ready style for loads of sure-to-be-coveted outfits. Cowabunga, dude! Related Stories: Ten Summer Beauty Essentials   Bathing Beauties: Swimsuits Through the Ages Ten Pool Toys Adults Love Too
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Pret-a-Surf Red Rose Rash Guard
Pret-a-Surf Polka-Dot Bikini
Pret-a-Surf Graphic Tank Rash Guard
Mara Hoffman
Mara Hoffman
Lisa Marie Fernandez Farrah Dress
Lisa Marie Fernandez Zip Tank Minidress
Lisa Marie Fernandez One-Piece Swimsuit
Zimmerman Two-Piece Floral-Weave Bikini
Zimmerman Whisper Crochet One-Piece
Cynthia Rowley for Roxy
Cynthia Rowley for Roxy
Cynthia Rowley for Roxy

Cynthia Rowley for Roxy

Cynthia Rowley recently joined forces with surf legends Roxy; the resulting collection melds Rowley’s signature style with a laid-back beach vibe.
(Prices vary, Kirna Zabete)

Pret-a-Surf Polka-Dot Bikini

Former Vogue editor Jillian Demling and Karen Mulligan, Annie Leibovitz’s longtime studio manager, teamed up to make chic-yet-functional swimwear, like this adorable vintage-inspired polka-dot bikini.
($280, Shopbop.com)

Pret-a-Surf Graphic Tank Rash Guard

This Mondrian-inspired rash guard blends 1960s Yves Saint Laurent with waterproof functionality. To take the look offshore, wear with a smart pair of trousers and platform heels.
($160, Opening Ceremony)

Mara Hoffman

Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field championed Mara Hoffman’s tribal-inspired designs at the start of her career. What good taste! Wear her vibrant, ethnic prints for standout vacation style.
(Prices vary, Shopbop.com and Net-a-porter.com)

Mara Hoffman

Glamazons Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez love Hoffman’s jet-setting hippie designs.
(Prices vary, Shopbop.com and Net-a-porter.com)

Lisa Marie Fernandez Farrah Dress

Lisa Marie Fernandez designs sexy eveningwear with athletic fabrics. Sure, you can’t scuba dive in the Farrah dress, but your date will be gasping for air when he sees you.
($600, Saks Fifth Avenue)

Lisa Marie Fernandez Zip Tank Minidress

Fernandez’s skintight fit and sensuous front zipper puts a sexy spin on neoprene. Who’d have thought a wetsuit could work in a nightclub?
($435, Saks Fifth Avenue)

Lisa Marie Fernandez One-Piece Swimsuit

Pair this neutral one-piece with a bright chiffon maxi skirt and leather sandals for a sand-to-sangria outfit.
($390, Saks Fifth Avenue)

Zimmerman Two-Piece Floral-Weave Bikini

Now a favorite with fashion editors, these sweet-but-tough fashions stand up well to the harsh surf Down Under.
($240, Saks Fifth Avenue)

Zimmerman Whisper Crochet One-Piece

Tuck this elaborately crocheted one-piece into crisp linen shorts for a city-friendly getup. A Panama hat and leather hobo bag perfectly complement the look.
($345, Net-a-Porter)

Cynthia Rowley for Roxy

Cynthia Rowley recently joined forces with surf legends Roxy; the resulting collection melds Rowley’s signature style with a laid-back beach vibe.
(Prices vary, Kirna Zabete)

Cynthia Rowley for Roxy

This cute graphic-print tank dress works as a beach cover-up or as a cool escape from the summer heat.
(Prices vary, Kirna Zabete)

Cynthia Rowley for Roxy

While still a traditional rash guard, Rowley’s creative topstitch trim simultaneously hits the season’s hot neon trend.
(Prices vary, Kirna Zabete)

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