Jennifer Armstrong
July 23, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The WB’s beachy hit ”Summerland” features more than its share of bikini-bared skin. But with best friends Ava (Lori Loughlin, above left) and Susannah (Merrin Dungey) starting their own clothing label — while raising Ava’s suddenly orphaned niece and nephews — chic fashions play a key role. Here are some of the items we’re summer lovin’:

1 OH, CARRIE Stylish careers mean glam outfits. A recent episode featured a fashion show of Ava’s trendy designs, which ”Summerland” costume designer Roberta Haze calls ”clubby and ‘Sex and the City’-ish.”

2 HI LO COUNTRY Haze throws together surfer gear and high fashion, mixing boutique finds with staples from chains like Urban Outfitters. She loves the one-of-a-kind designs made from vintage fabric at Principessa in Venice, Calif. The look is just as popular off screen. Says Dungey, ”I should just sign my paycheck over to Principessa.”

3 THE RIGHT TO CHOOS ”I do a lot of flip-flops,” says Haze of the thongs sported by the gals in the cast. ”But when the episode calls for it, I do Jimmy Choos.”

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