Summer has finally arrived, and Annabelle Mallia plans to make the most of it.
Pack your beach bag now and get ready to make the most of summer.
If you're like me, you've spent the last few months trying to burn off those winter treats and prepare your body for the big unveiling down by the sea – or, in Berlin's
case, lake. But never mind the little diet slip-ups along the way – a few carefully selected accessories thrown into your beach bag will ensure you're looking good regardless, whether on the golden sands of Waikiki or of Berlin's popular Strandbad Wannsee.
A specialty shop that can advise on which colors, cut, and patterns to wear to draw the attention away from any trouble areas is the key to a confident beach vacation. Körpernah (Uhlandstr. 39, www.koerpernah-berlin.de) has years of experience finding the perfect suit for every woman. Their flagship store in Wilmersdorf carries a super-feminine selection by brands such as Cyell, Lidea, or Watercult, in addition to beach accessories like bags, towels, and sarongs. Or visit Viabella ( Trautenaustr. 12, www.viabella-dessous.de), whose personalized service will help you feel comfortable strutting along the shores with styles from Rosa Faia and Seafolly.
Stylish shades are also essential. Make a visit to the
Ic! Berlin showroom (Max-Beer-Str. 17, www. ic-berlin.de) to select your favorite designer pairs, presented on vintage flight-attendant trolleys. These featherlight glasses are made to last, with a genius, screwless spring-hinge clip. For exclusive vintage sunglasses, Lunettes
Selection ( Torstr. 172. www.lunettes-selection. de) will have you covered. From '80s “nerd” glasses to '50s horn-rimmed and cat-eye frames, the eyewear on display here is also a lesson in fashion history. Top your ensemble with a wide-brimmed summer hat to provide shade wherever you go. Hut Styler (www.hut-styler.de), at the Alexa shopping center, has a huge selection of fedora, trilby, panama, and straw hats to protect you from harsh rays. For luxury, visit the Rike Feurstein store (www. rikefeurstein.com) just off Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, with its trilby style hats made from 100 percent panama straw, seagrass, or paper. The Berlinbased designer has won multiple awards for her handcrafted pieces, which blur the line between fashion and art. Don't forget to throw in sunscreen and a bottle of water, as sunburn and heatstroke have never been en vogue.