July 2019

Super Soft Tees and Tanks for Weekend Lounging

When it comes to wardrobe staples, nothing is more essential than your favorite t-shirt.  Equal parts comfortable and flattering, it’s just the perfect piece for an easy weekend outfit.  Check out our picks for the softest and coziest cute tees and tanks out there.

BellaLuxx Big Pocket Tee, $48
Once you touch a BellaLuxx top there’s no way you’re going back —  they are SO soft and comfy and feel amazing on.  Slightly sheer and slouchy, they have an incredible fit and color.  Try this one with an over-sized pocket for a chic update on a classic look.

Helmut Kinetic Jersey Tee, $90
Helmut Lang makes amazing basics with an edge.  His new, less expensive line Helmut has gorgeous draped t-shirts with the same luxe Helmut Lang aesthetic.

Monrow Tissue V-Neck Tee, $50
This tissue soft, slightly sheer 100% cotton tee will be your new favorite go-to for underneath blazers and cardis.

Zadig & Voltaire ‘Joss’ Rhinestone Skull Cashmere Tank, $320
Your basic tank gets an upgrade with cashmere fabrication and a skull embellishment.

 

Vince V-Neck Tee, $110
For a gorgeous fit and feel, this tee blends modal and viscose fabrics.  Love the center seam detail to make it special.

 

American Apparel Unisex Viscose Tee, $34
Loose-fitting and a little sheer, this ultra-comfy crew neck looks great with leggings or skinny jeans.

 

Joie Layering Tank, $28
Joie is great brand for basics, so it’s no surprise their tank is easy to wear on its own or style with other items in your closet.

Cornelia Guest on Eco Style & Her New Vegan Accessories Line

Cornelia Guest, the daughter of American fashion icon CZ Guest and polo champion Winston Frederick Churchill Guest is a well-known philanthropist and entrepreneur. Cornelia’s passion for animals and nature are the sources of inspiration for her business ventures. Her most recent project is the launch of an amazing line of eco-conscious handbags. She also has a vegan catering business called Cornelia Guest Events with delicious and healthy dishes, many of which are made from produce selected at her own garden located in Old Westbury, NY. Named by Donna Karan as “One of the Women Who Inspire”, I am excited to share what Cornelia has been up to lately and of course get some of her green tips and product picks.

MM: Tell us a little about your new handbag and accessories line.
CG: I wanted to create an intelligent alternative; a line of accessories that used no animals, was luxurious, and very wearable, that you can take all day to all night.

MM: Where is it available for purchase and what is the price range?
CG: It’s available at Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdales.com, Target, Tootsies, C.Orrico and boutiques around the country. A list of stores is available on CorneliaGuest.com. All under $350.00.

MM: Three words to describe the collection?
CG: Humane, affordable, beautiful.

MM: Most of the vegan handbags on the market are lacking in style- how did you do it, and so well- I love them!
CG: Thank you. It’s a compilation of all the things I love and I asked lots of my friends for help!

MM: A lot of people hear the words “cruelty-free” tossed around, what exactly does that mean to you?
CG: “Cruelty-free” means “humane.” No animals are ever hurt while making my products. My cookies are also cruelty-free. My book, which is coming out June 12, 2012, “Simple Pleasures,” is a humane, cruelty-free lifestyle book.

MM: What are some of your favorite vegan finds?
CG: Clothing: Stella McCartney
Restaurants: NYC Angelika Kitchen, Organic Avenue
Shoes: I’m working on my own. That’s my next task.

MM: Who are some of your favorite designers?
CG: Badgley Mischka, St. John, J.Crew, Levi’s, American Apparel

MM: How would you describe your personal style?
CG: My style is humane and classic with a twist.

MM: Name three of your eco-conscious staples?
CG: Fine & Raw Chocolate, Juice Press, CleanWell sanitizing wipes, and Dr. Frank Lipman’s Sustain Protein Supplement powder for smoothies.

MM: What’s in your make-up bag?
CG: Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara, MAC VivaGlam because it goes to AIDS charity, lypo-spheric vitamin C.

MM: What type of skincare do you use?
CG: Joanna Vargas — all her products, and I swear by her facials!

MM: What about hair care? Yours always looks so good!
CG: Wen. I LOVE their shampoo and Nikki Ray at AKS Salon cuts it.

MM: What do you do to de-stress?
CG: Pilates, dance, play with my dogs. I love the water. The ocean is the best de-stresser ever!

MM: What tips do you have for someone who would like to transition to a vegan lifestyle?
CG: Find what humane, cruelty-free products you like and slowly start to incorporate them into your daily life. Bit by bit, baby steps grow into big steps.

Cornelia Guest has been passionate about animals and nature since she was a child. Her passion is reflected in every aspect of her life including her philanthropy, animal activism, and business enterprises.In 2009 she founded Cornelia Guest Events and Cornelia Guest Cookies, catering high-end charity and entertainment events with healthy, vegan dishes. Her mission is to encourage and inspire people to be conscious of the diet choices they make in their daily lives.Cornelia is currently designing her own line of jewelry, as well as a collection of animal-friendly handbags, wallets and dog accessories made with a vegan alternative to leather; both lines are scheduled to launch in the fall of 2011.Daughter of American fashion icon CZ Guest and polo champion Winston Frederick Churchill Guest, Cornelia has been able to use her media attention and professional contacts to support Humane Society of New York, and was named by Donna Karan as one of the Women Who Inspire. Cornelia is also an advocate for New Yorkers for Marriage Equality and hosted their fall 2010 event with Mayor Bloomberg.

Update Your Spring Wardrobe with Neon Accessories

Brighten up your wardrobe with the season’s neon trend! Add a pop of 80’s day-glo color to your look with our fun and fashion-forward picks.

1. Bajra Ombre Scarf, $298
This lovely lightweight scarf is perfect for transitional dressing. Artisans in Nepal hand-wove the splash of lime green and teal for a brush-stroke like effect that’s sure to score you lots of compliments.

2. Mellina + Co. Bangles, $160
How fun are these plastic bangles from Mellina + Co.? Handmade in Florence, Italy, they make an adorable, stackable addition to any ensemble.

3. Steven by Steve Madden ‘Large’ Crossbody Bag, $98
basic black is no longer the go-to for bags. Stand out and add some color to an otherwise drab wardrobe with a bright bag!

4. DV by Dolce Vita Women’s Dora Sandal, $59
These cute multi-color strappy sandals from DV by Dolce Vita are surprisingly wearable. They caught our eye right away! Check out the cool perforated straps.

5. J.Crew Patent Leather Belt, $36.50
Set off a simple neutral outfit with a bright cinched waist. We love this skinny belt from J. Crew over a cardi or to give shape to a maxi dress.

6. American Apparel Neon Nail Polish Pack, $32
Indulge your craving for neon with this set of neon nail polishes from American Apparel. If you’re feeling daring, try a different shade on every nail!

7. Urban Outfitters Neon Risky Sunglasses, $12
The future (of fashion) is so bright you gotta wear shades! Get your ne-on with this electric take on the classic wayfarer from Urban Outfitters and protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays.

Buy American Apparel Denim Carry-All, $58

Buy American Apparel Denim Carry-All, $58

  • Features a large easy to carry weekend bag
  • Made with leather accents and double shoulder straps

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A Day in the Life of Jay Godfrey

It’s fun to learn what your favorite designers do on a daily basis, let alone every half hour.  I recently sat down with Jay Godfrey to get his play by play on a typical day, and what gets him going (Espresso!).  It’s a guarantee he’ll never leave home without his iPhone and an ingrained image of his baby girl, Allegra.  Get a glimpse into JG’s life:

5:44 am: I hear my alarm go off.  Ok, no I don’t!  I hear my one year old, Allegra, crying.  Ok, not that either.  Why the hell am I up?! Must be thinking about work.  Back to sleep I go.

7:16 am: Ok.  Now I am really up.  I hear Allegra calling for me and her mommy to come get her from her crib.

7:19 am: Diaper change.  “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” sung. Espresso machine on and heating up.

7:35 am: Espresso gone.  Make another.  Go get the NY Post and NY Times to get some news at my front door.  Tired of “debt ceiling” and Casey Anthony stories.  Loved restaurant reviews in the Times and can’t wait to try David Bouley’sBrushstroke, which received two stars this morning.

8:02 am: Steam, shower, groom, pick out my clothes (Nudie Jeans, American apparel Deep V, Jil Sander cotton navy blazer, Duckie Brown for Florsheim no lace brogues).  No socks today.

8:30 am: Third espresso.  Eating two slices of whole wheat toast my wife Dara made me with peanut butter and Nutella.  YUM!

8:44 am: Hop on the E Train north to the garment district.

9:02 am: Arrive at the office to a LONG LONG LONG LONG to do list. Start returning emails to my factory in China.

10:00 am: Full team meeting to chat about all things going on in the world of Jay Godfrey.  I mention to the team about an appearance I am going to be making on a Bravo reality show about matchmaking.

11:05 am: Design meeting with associate designer to discuss Spring 2012 prints in Photoshop.  Some fab kaleidoscope prints are being concocted in front of my eyes.

11:55 am: Surprise pop into the studio from my wife and baby.  Made my day!

12:33 pm:  Starting to get hungry but somehow the girls in my office start talking about the Bachelorette and I get roped into a conversation about who I want to win. Massive fake argument ensues.

1:39 pm: Still haven’t gone for lunch.  Getting ravenous (and maybe a bit grumpy).  Need to eat.  Off to grab a sandwich and return to my desk.

2:22 pm: Phone rings and big Hollywood stylist calls me in a frantic (albeit funny) fit.  She needs a particular dress made ASAP in two different colors. DEEP BREATHS! Okay!

3:00 pm: Japanese luxury trim manufacturer coming to show me and my associate designer their latest and greatest.

3:45 pm: INSPIRED!  Some great and exciting new trims.  My mind is racing with ideas.  Need to sleep on some of them, though.

4:12 pm: Production manager comes to my office saying that the factory in China is having difficultly telling which color I call “Lipstick Red” and the one I call “Bordeaux”.

4:33 pm: Bravo show producers drop in for a quick “site visit”.

5:02 pm: In the sample room with my head of production, VP of Sales, patternmaker and sample maker, discussing options for exclusive styles we’re creating for Intermix.

5:18 pm: Step into meeting with our CFO, Sean, to discuss the possibility of a JAY GODFREY retail store!  Sounds exciting.  A bit scary too.

6:46 pm: In a taxi home to play with Allegra and put her to bed.

7:46 pm: Dara made a DELICIOUS salmon teriyaki.  Have a delicious glass of Provence-style rose.

8:43 pm: Off for a jog along the Westside highway.  Thinking about Spring 2012 and cant get it out of my head.

9:35 pm: Return to my apartment – totally and utterly exhausted.  Time for my wind down – steam, bath, book, news.

10:33 pm: A few emails come in as China opens.  Nothing crazy.

11:30 pm: In bed.  Ready to sleep but Spring 2012 is still on my mind.  I get up, go to my sketch book, and quickly jot down some ideas.

11:52 pm: Back in bed.  Need to rest!

Buy Jay Godfrey in the US:  IntermixNordstromSaksTootsiesNeiman Marcus and Cusp.

Buy Jay Godfrey Internationally: Holt Renfrew in Canada, Vakko in Turkey, Aishti in the Lebanon and Dubai and Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong.

 
Lindsay Brooke Weiss (Cohen) is a fashion and accessories editor and on-air style expert. She was previously Haute Living’s editorial director, Niche Media’s fashion and accessories editor and fashion editor for L-Atitude.com. Lindsay has been a frequent contributor at styledon.com and is a regular guest stylist on NBC’s “Gossip Gram.”

White Hot Summer Fashion

When all you can think about in the summer heat is comfort and staying cool, white items are the go-to pieces that make a statement. And the best part about wearing a white ensemble? It’s a blank canvas, ready and waiting to be accessorized . Just make sure you’re wearing the correct undergarments to prevent that dreaded VPL!

Dresses:

Go elegant yet subtle with this Ani Lee Taryn Dress as seen on Jamie Chung of Hangover 2. The plunging neckline and short hem is sexy while the classic cut and simple style is perfect for day or evening. Pair it with minimal accessories so the white can really stand out.
Buy Now, $299

Cutouts with intricate detailing seem to be all the rage right now. The front of the Sparkle and Fade Cutout Bustier Dress looks prim and proper, or even business casual but the back is a pleasant surprise of flirty triangle cutouts.
Buy Now, $69

Maxi dresses are still an “it” item this season. Featuring a scoop neckline, racerback with macramé straps, the ASOS Macramé Back Beach Dress is trendy and super comfortable. Add a statement necklace and you’re good to go!
Buy Now, $60

Tops:

People say a black blazer is the ultimate closet staple. But a summer white one is just as crucial. Blazers in general are such timeless pieces that can dress up any outfit. Pair this Silence and Noise Boyfriend Blazer with a bright outfit and watch the heads turn. The clinched sleeves are also a cute, subtle touch.
Buy Now, $60-$80

Tired of plain white-tees? This Linen Lace-Up Tee from Calypso St. Barth is like a white-tee with a grungy feel. Love the lace-up neckline with antique brass grommets- great look with a pair of feathered earrings.
Buy Now, $85

Make a big statement with a big bow. This Derek Lam Sleeveless Blouse is sophisticated and fun – so versatile that you can wear it to work and straight to happy hour.
Buy Now, $550

Bottoms:

Denim is a classic, so why not try white denim this summer? These BDG Twill Ankle Cigarette Pants are super skinny and stylish. Just add a cute top and accessorize accordingly.
Buy Now, $49

Speaking of classics, white shorts are also a wardrobe must-have! These cuffed Helmut Lang Jacquard Facet Shorts will make your legs look miles long and it feature a tonal jacquard pattern that’s chic and subtle. A silk chiffon belt that buckles at the back is also attached.
Buy Now, $160

Accessories:

The Proenza Schouler (PS1) bag has become a celebrity “it” item ever since its debut. The sleek and clean look of the PS1 with it’s multiple pockets, top-handle and removable shoulder strap (great for functionality) has made it a must-have for celebs such as Reese Witherspoon, Vanessa Hudgens, and the Olsen twins.
Buy Now, $1,995

Michael Kors PU Chronograph Watch is polished, sleek, and sophisticated. This all-white timepiece reminds us of the Chanel watch sans the high price tag.
Buy Now, $195

A great piece of jewelry can be the key item to an entire outfit. Dress up any basic tee shirt or sun dress with this Kate Spade Fiorella Bib Necklace and voilà! Instant drama and glam.
Buy Now, $248

Look chic and protect your face from the sun with a cool pair of white shades. These oversized sunglasses by Roberto Cavalli feature round frames with a curved cut-out design to the temples, gold toned logo detailing on the arms and graduated tinted lenses. They will compliment any outfit, white or not!
Buy Now, $440

A big white hat is a great option especially in the summer heat, and perfect to protect your face from additional sun exposure. Achieve a playful look with this Floppy Summer Hat from American Apparel. You won’t even need any other accessories.
Buy Now, $38

One-Piece Wonders: Rompers and Jumpsuits

Rompers and jumpsuits are the hottest thing in fashion right now, as they combine summer staples of dresses and shorts into one perfect outfit. Don’t think you can pull one off? With an array of styles, patterns and colors, you’ll definitely fall in love with one of our choices whatever your budget may be!

Solids

The Bow-Waist Short Jumpsuit by Phillip Lim is definitely for a special occasion. With its wide shoulder straps and bow waistline, this jumpsuit focuses on making your legs look long and lean without giving too much away. The umber brown color even has a subtle glow to it.
Buy Now, $475

Diane von Furstenberg’s Ballancia Romper combines the best of both worlds: fit and color. This silk romper has a stylish cowl-neck and belted waist, and comes in a bright neon coral color, which is the biggest craze this summer. Pair it with some neutral heels and earrings to really make it pop.
Buy Now, $375

Afraid of bright colors and patterns? This elegant black Stretch Silk-Satin Playsuit by Catherine Malandrino is perfect whether you want to be the center of attention or if you’re merely a wallflower. Dress it up with a fur wrap and cocktail ring, or down with some trendy tribal jewelry. Either way, it has a slimming wrap-dress effect and sash waist to flatter all shapes and sizes.
Buy Now, $375

When you need a new look for work, or have a conservative meeting or event coming up, this romper is professional and stylish. In a camel color with black accents, this 100% silk Earl Romper by Equipment has double-button cuffs, a fold-over collar and even pockets.
Buy Now, $278

If you watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s non-stop, you will fall head over heels for this White Pleated Bow Belt Playsuit from Topshop. This sleeveless romper even looks like a shift dress from far away with its high neckline and pleated bottom. Plus, it comes with an adorable camel-colored bow belt that cinches at the waist!
Buy Now, $106

The BCBGeneration Ruffle Flounce Romperis a great pick; not only does this sleeveless romper come with a flirty ruffle v-neck, but also a self-tie belt around the waist. With its intricate details, all you need are a cute pair of sandals and a few bangles to look effortlessly chic.
Buy Now, $88

Urban Outfitters Sparkle & Fade Silky Halter Romper is perfect for the girl who likes to stand out and show some skin. With its halter-style top, open strappy back and bright royal blue hue, not only will it flatter your figure, but definitely turn some heads. Reviews say that it’s great for tall and curvy girls.
Buy Now, $59

 

Prints

Marc by Marc Jacobs revives the retro look with his Swim Colette Floral Button Front Belted Romper. With a sweetheart neckline, button down front closure and unique old-school print, you’ll easily achieve that hourglass pin-up girl look.
Buy Now, $173

Always wanted to try animal print but have never been confident enough to pull off the bold patterns? This sleeveless Eva Romper by Dolce Vita combines the effect of zig-zag zebra stripes with the simplicity of vertical pastel stripes to maintain balance. With a removable patent black belt to fasten around the high waistline, you won’t even have to worry about trying to accessorize.
Buy Now, $110

It’s all about the pattern and the back of this ASOS Cut Out Bow Back Playsuit. Keep it covered with elbow-length sleeves while you also show some skin with a cut-out back that ties into a voluminous bow. The unique multi-colored print and great fit makes this romper a must-have!
Buy Now, $69

This colorful Lace-Up Floral Playsuit by ASOS is quite deceiving: from the front it looks like a dress with its lace-up tie bust and deep corset appearance. However, the flared shorts on this romper make it adorable AND fully functional.
Buy Now, $60

Tribal prints seem to be taking over this summer, especially in this ASOS Strappy Back Playsuit. It not only has a deep v-neck wrap front, but both shoulder straps and a halter-tie neck for extra support and style. Match it with some gladiators and gold jewelry for the best look.
Buy Now, $60

 

 

Jumpsuits

Looking for a jumpsuit that’s beachy and stylish at the same time? The Matthew Williamson Escape Silk Jumpsuit has a scoop-neck with buttons down the front to either cover-up or show off your assets. With a draw-string waist and loose silk chiffon material, you will look and feel good at the same time.
Buy Now, $828

The Haute Hippie Silk-Georgette Strapless Jumpsuit is all about accessorizing. In a gorgeous champagne color, draped-open back and tapered fit, all you need is a bold belt, heels and jewelry to stand out.
Buy Now, $425

Halston Heritage’s Black Satin-Jersey Jumpsuit combines new-age glamour with 70’s hipster style to create the perfect jumpsuit. With its relaxed top and slim-fitting bottom, it balances out your figure and looks effortlessly chic. Pair it with some strappy sandals or peep-toe boots and a bright clutch to pull it all together.
Buy Now, $355

Based off of Audrina Patridge’s great style, this ASOS Pleated Bust Jumpsuit is form fitting and tailored to accentuate all the right curves. Strapless and classy, we recommend it in Chestnut or Nude with simple accessories.
Buy Now, $95

This strapless ASOS Tuck Bandeau Peg Jumpsuit may look like it’s made of expensive silk, but comes at a more affordable price and easier maintenance. In a gorgeous jade color with a delicate tie waist, you will turn heads as you walk down the street.
Buy Now, $69

A blend of fabrics makes this simple Tri-Blend Pocket Jumpsuit from American Apparel the best for comfort. With an array of colors, you can wear it out at night with strappy heels and a contrasting belt, or merely for day-to-day errands. We love it in Athletic Grey because it can match with almost anything.
Buy Now, $48

Chic and Casual Summer Clothes

Finding the right pieces for your best gorgeous + glam look is easy, but who says elegance is an evening-only affair? Equal parts comfy and chic, we’ve compiled a list of on-trend casual clothes for summer – mix and match for a variety of looks guaranteed to keep you looking cute long before cocktail hour.

Tops

It’s all about fit this summer… less of it! Stay lovely in tanks that are loose and frame-flattering, such as this nautical-striped silk top from Joie or SPLENDID’s Cotton Mesh & Chambray Stripe Tank. Like any designer piece worth its price tag, beauty is in the details: Accenting the finer, delicate features of your body is both sexy and feminine. We’re loving scoopnecks, the perfect style for highlighting your collarbone and elongating your neck. Try ecoSkin’s Hydra Top, Two Color Rugby Stripe Scoopneck Top from SPLENDID, or Ralph Lauren’s Modal-Cashmere Scoopneck Tee for a look that shows you off without showing too much. If your taste is more dramatic than demure, we recommend Rammy Brook’s DEBBY top. The charmeuse staple combines the airy flow of a summer tank with the daring plunge of a night-worthy neckline, while the high neck in back and careful front drapery keep it just right for the daylight hours.

Bottoms

Get back in touch with your inner child this summer by channeling this season’s whimsical inspiration: Rainbow Bright. Summer’s hottest bottoms are coming fast and fashionable in an assortment of colors, from muted rose to hot, hot pink. J Brand’s Cut-off Shorts come in five eye-popping varieties, while Forever 21’s short shorts have you (mostly!) covered, with faded denim cutoffs available in a trio of light, pastel shades. Skinny jeans are a great fit all year round, and the warmer months are a perfect excuse to experiment with a warmer color palette. Rag & Bone have a sweetly rose-toned skinny cigarette pant, Urban Outfitters offers a high-rise take on the look in berry, and for an even comfier fit with the skinny flair, we can’t wait to kick back in American Apparel’s Unisex Stretch Twill Slim Slack, carried in both hot + cold colors. Twill is our latest material of choice, great for those lazy days that mosey rather than move too quickly, and Forever 21’s Twill Joggers are right up our alley of relaxation. Ramy Brook’s Silk Stretch Charmeuse pants are a higher-end take on the jogger look, offered in the more understated options of mocha and fern.

Dresses

There’s lots of crossover action going on in this season’s dress designs, and we want a piece of it! Both Edit and H&M are carrying dresses with the detailing of a great fitted shirt, replete with sleeveless button-up fronts and attached belts. We’re reaching for Phillip Lim’s Sleeveless Belted Patch Pocket Dress W/ Shirtail Hem, and H&M’s spin on the style, in either white or brown. Can’t decide which style suits you best? There’s always James & Joy’s Orange Convertible Dress, which goes both ways to equal fun and flirty effect: Pull the fitted bottom down for a sassy shift, or hike it up and pair over skinny jeans to wear as a loose, flowy top. For those whose style trends to the wild, jungle genre-bending is in: mix your maxis with fierce patterns, including Mink Pink’s Tribal Dancer Dress or TIBI’s Mosaic-print stretch-jersey maxi dress.

Shoes

There’s only one way to move when your heels are strapped and styled in summer’s must-have sandals: sashay! Gladiators are still very much on-trend, but to more understated ­– and comfortable – effect. K.Jacques Suede Knot Sandal is a simple interpretation of the distinctly summer design, with a single strap around the heel and two encircling the front of the foot. A more open shoe, Endless’ Cocobelle Women’s Samuna Sandal puts a spin on traditional straps by twisting them over and around the big toe, while the crisscross design of Urban Outfitters’ Ecote Toehold Simple Gladiator Sandal keeps the detailing and definition of traditional Gladiators without restricting your foot.

Bracelets

Coco Chanel always said she never left the house without taking at least one item off – but she didn’t have accessories like these. We say, the more the merrier when it comes to Chan Luu: Layer the wrap bracelets for an exotic, beachy vibe, or wrap your wrists in a leather or intricately beaded cuff. Jill Heller Fine Jewelry is dedicated to bringing spiritual substance to the style of her Abundance bracelets – each sterling silver or gold-linked piece comes encased with a “scrolled mantra for abundance,” including instructions on how best to use the fashionable and wise words.

Bags

Any outfit, no matter the time of day, is ever complete without the right bag to complement, highlight, and pull everything together! For a comfy look, go for bags that, like your outfit, are less structured: CALYPSO St. Barth for Target’s Linen Tote is the perfect accessory for any relaxed beach-day wear, functionally sized and decorated with fun threaded detailing.  CALYPSO’s Convertible Tote may be a little pricier, but it stands apart from the style pack as a study in daytime slouch chic.

Suit-Up For Summer

Having that “it” swimsuit is an essential element for every summer wardrobe! Now is a great time to make sure you have the best suit for you. Whether you love bikinis, one-pieces, or even the retro look, we’ve got you covered with the most chic and trendy styles available. After scouting out all our favorite retailers that offer this season’s most stylish finds, we rounded up plenty of swimsuits for you at every price point to suit your taste. Looking cute at the beach or pool has never been so easy!

Stylish Prints:

1. Skull Chain Bikini
Stand out this summer with this amazing edgy print! With medium coverage and skull ring details, this swimsuit is hot. We love that you can also choose different sizing for the top and bottom!
Buy Now, $180, Letarte

2. Zebra Twisty Bikini
White and animal print are two must-haves for summer. This is a super flattering bikini and has great tush coverage! Love the beaded details on the bottom.
Buy Now, $176, Letarte

3. Majestic Swim Women’s Gina Triangle String Top and Lana Twist Bottom
(Multi Aqua Cheetah Print)
Cheetah print is so exotic! Strut in style with this sexy bikini and you’ll be the Queen of the Beach. The side ruching detail in the bottoms is great – it runs a bit small so order one size up!
Buy Now, Top: $68, Bottom: $76, Amazon

4. L* Space Women’s Twister Ziggy Bikini Top and Bottom
This flirty multi-colored print is on trend for this season. The bottom is skimpy and will show off those buns!
Buy Now, Top: $60, Amazon
Buy Now, Bottom: $60, Amazon

5. Ikat Underwire Halter Top Bikini
Make a splash with this tribal printed two-piece. It is made with quick-drying and fade-resistant materials, great for girls who like to spend time in the water.
Buy Now, $52, J.Crew

6. Turquoise Banana Print Bikini
Bring out your fun-loving persona with this eye-catching print!
Buy Now, $52, Topshop

7. Black & White Printed Bikini Top and Bottom
This twisted front bandeau bikini with leopard print is the perfect choice if you’re on a budget. Sexy and chic, you can now look gorgeous on the beach without breaking the bank.
Buy Now, Top: $14.95, H&M
Buy Now, Bottom: $12.95, H&M

8. Powder Rose Flamingo Print Bikini Top and Bottom
Subtle yet pretty flamingo print gives off a sexy retro feel. The girly pink is trendy and fun. This is great for any age.
Buy Now, Top: $14.95, H&M
Buy Now, Bottom: $12.95, H&M

Fabulous Solids:



1. Lisa Curran Women’s Valencia U-Bar Halter Top and Scoop Bikini Bottom
The U-Bar ring in the center gathers the bust to create a sexy visible curve. Perfect for ladies who wants that little extra boost!
Buy Now, Top: $88, Amazon
Buy Now, Bottom: $88, Amazon

2. L* Space Women’s Sensual Solid Twister Bikini Top and Twiggy Bikini Bottom (Limon)
Beachy, bright and trendy! This bold bikini looks fabulous on all shapes and sizes.
Buy Now, Top: $60, Amazon
Buy Now, Bottom: $62, Amazon

3. Victoria’s Secret Mix and Match Bikinis
Life is all about having options and your swimsuit is no different. Mix and match styles to make your perfect summer suit. You’re bound to find a style and color that shouts YOU!
Buy Now, Top: $18-24, Bottom: $16, Victoria’s Secret

Trendy One-Pieces:


1. Emilio Pucci Zebra-Print One-Piece Swimsuiticon
Bring out the animal in you! Rock out in this flirty zebra print one-piece with a metallic finish that adds a touch of glam to the already sexy silhouette.
Buy Now, $346.50 (Orig. $495.00), Saks Fifth Avenueicon

2. Amber-buckle strapless tank
This stunning one-piece from J.Crew really caught our eyes for its flattering retro ruching detail. It includes removable halter straps with full coverage for added supported. Great for bustier beach babes.
Buy Now, $105, J.Crew

3. LaBlanca Women’s Solid as a Rock Bandeau One Piece
Whether you’re hitting up a pool party or vacationing in the Hamptons, this simple one-piece is perfect for any occasion. The perfect choice if you want to be a little more covered-up and still accentuate your curves.
Buy Now, $109, Amazon

4. Front Frill Plunge Swimsuit
Have the best of both worlds with feminine ruffles in the front that gives this on-trend monokini a girly-girl vibe and a plunging scoop back that exudes sex-appeal.
Buy Now, $41.37 (Orig. $48.27), ASOS

5. Nylon Tricot Cut-Out Swimsuit
Cut-outs are a major trend in swimsuits this season. This simple yet classy one-piece shows off just-enough skin to stand-out in sophistication. The cut-outs also gives the illusion of a slimmer waist!
Buy Now, $38, American Apparel

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Best Summer Fashion Lust-Haves and Must-Haves

As the Creative Director of PageDaily, I review so many amazing fashion items every day.  I love curating the high-low to provide women with real value (or offer a selection to those who want to splurge)! Here are my favorites for summer: beach coverups

BEACH COVERUPS Get summer chic with cover ups! The stylish sheer white fabrics and loose flowing sleeves are perfect for throwing on over a bathing suit for poolside or beachside fun. The one size fits all lightweight  Love Quotes – Shiva Versatile Top/Coverup was recently seen on Halle Berry and has a huge celebrity following.  Or, you can opt to rock the animal print trend with Top Shop’s Off White Animal Print Cover Up .  Both of these can also be worn as  tops with a cami underneath.

Buy Now, Shiva Versatile Top, $159

Buy Now, Off White Animal Print Cover Up, $46 Cardigan

GIRLY CARDIGANS Add some flair to your basic white cardigans. The lightweight and soft Augden Deauville Ruffle Cardigan is adorned with two rows of washed silk ruffles. Launched in the fall of 2010, the Augden collection comprises of handcrafted sweaters that are handmade and knit from the finest and purest fabrics with remarkable attention to details. I also love draped cardigans such as the long sleeved Chelsea & Theodore Wrap Cardigan from Dillard’s. The romantic tiered ruffles along the open front of the cardigan are perfect with any summer outfit. When the sun goes down and the weather gets a bit chilly, you can’t go wrong with either of these two versatile cardigans that will keep you warm and looking fabulous.

Buy Now, Deauville Ruffle Cardigan, $225

Buy Now, Wrap Cardigan, $17.70

FUN FEDORAS Top off an outfit with a fun fedora.  Melissa Odabash’s Panama Hat, also seen on Cameron Diaz is a perfect choice to keep you in the shade while sipping cocktails by the pool. Melissa Odabash is known for her laid-back yet refined swimwear looks and of course, her hats have that same whimsicality. This one looks great on everyone.  With mark’s Fierce Fedora you will also be “brimming with style.” Each fedora comes with three interchangeable bands in coral, black, and navy floral. Avon mark’s brand ambassador and Twilight actress, Ashley Greene was seen wearing the Fierce Fedora at the Coachella Music Festival.  You can’t go wrong with either one.

Buy Now, Panama Hat, $112

Buy Now, Fierce Fedora, $16

Aviators

CLASSIC AVIATORS Brave the luminous sun with ultra-cool aviators. Keep your eyes protected with distinguished titanium and leather frames from MODO for Jennifer Creel Aviators.  These are the most gorgeous aviators. I love the white stitching detail and perfectly shaped tinted lenses.  Urban Outfitters Classic Metal Aviator Sunglasses are a traditional aviator, always in style, and look good on everyone–I wear mine year in and year out!

Buy Now, Jennifer Creel Aviators, $325

Buy Now, Urban Outfitters Classic Metal Aviators, $14 Beach Bags

BEACH BAGS Stay fashionable this summer with the amazingly stylish yet casual Mulberry Beach Tote Pink Trippy Tiger Print Raffia. The tote bag has two adjustable leather handles to easily carry everything you need for having fun in the sun. It is so gorgeous and chic–I like it as a day bag too. Another favorite for hitting the beach and town is the sturdy and lightweight American Apparel Large Denim Carry-All Bag in white. The newest edition to American Apparel’s accessory collection features a large easy to carry weekend bag made with leather accents and double shoulder straps.

Buy Now, Mulberry Beach Tote, $695

Buy Now, American Apparel Denim Carry-All, $58

Sandals

GLADIATOR SANDALS Multi-strap leather sandals are perfect for summer. There’s nothing better than slipping on a pair of sandals and displaying impeccably pedicured toes. The Balenciaga gladiator inspired Multi-Strap Sandals are sophisticated, sexy and fun. Balenciaga’s  flat open toe multi-strap sandals with contrast leather details and adjustable ankle straps  have an attention-grabbing appeal that will look fantastic with mini-skirts, sun dresses and shorts. Gap Women’s Colorblock Sandals are so on-trend and great staples to have in your shoe collection this summer—they are comfortable, as well as a great value.

Buy Now, Balenciaga sandals, $795

Buy Now, Gap sandals, $44.95