Fashions: Hitting the Beach

The winter vacation has become so commonplace that the sting of the first sleet is likely to trigger automatic thoughts of palm trees and bathing suits —even for those who will have to fly-now-pay-later.

There will be plenty of bare-midriff two-piecers and, for girls who feel happier under wraps, the so-called blouson tops. Bikini wearers can cover up, too, with extra little button-on aprons and tops of the same material. But the pace setters will be more likely to show up in the strapless, wrapped-towel look—the suit that seems about to fall off any minute, but is so cleverly architected within...

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