As much as I love being at the beach and all the cute ‘fits and accessories that accompany a day by the sea, I don’t really love shopping for swimwear. I’m a bikini wearer through and through (apologies in advance to all of my one-piece lovers out there), but it’s often difficult to find ones that fit well. I’ve talked to many friends with a range of body types that agree: swimwear doesn’t always hug in all the right places or cover what you need it to cover when you need it to.

But there’s good news! I bought thirteen bikinis already this summer (yes thirteen, I have issues) and I have only amazing things to say about nine of them. From a celeb favorite two-piece I simply had to try to trendier swim styles, these are my favorites for summer 2021.

Hailey Bieber recently wore a similar Triangl bikini 
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Another season, another denim trend to enter the scene. As you can probably tell, we’re big fans of denim and all of its variations around these parts, so when we get wind of a new favorite to make the rounds, we won’t hesitate to see what it’s all about. This time, colored denim is stepping into the spotlight, showing up from across our favorite go-to brands like Zara, Stella McCartney, and Etro. Arguably the trend really jumpstarted after Chanel’s SS21 runway show, where one look showcased a pair of high-waisted pink jeans styled against an elegant, cropped cape; it felt true to Chanel Creative Director Virgie Viard’s dressed down meets formal princess-y aesthetic and gave us a dose of styling inspiration in the process.

You may already own a few pairs of khaki or dusk-colored jeans in soft neutral tones, but what sets this trend apart is its louder approach … Read the rest

I’m super type A when it comes to beauty products. I keep written lists (because I’m old school) stashed in my vanity drawers detailing all of my favorite products in different categories: hair, skincare, makeup, bodycare, tools, fragrance… heck, even candles. It’s a little OTT, but then again, hundreds of beauty products cross my path on a monthly basis, and I have to have some sort of organized way of A) remembering which products I need to tell all of you about and B) which products are so good they’re worth a re-buy once I run out. Oh, and here’s another interesting tidbit: an absurd number of these must-have beauty items can be purchased with an effortless click or two on Dermstore’s website. The thing is, since I, unfortunately, have pretty expensive taste where beauty is concerned, constantly restocking can be an uncomfortable jolt to my bank account, and over Read the rest

I’ll put it like this: Even my 72-year-old father (who knows nothing about beauty aside from the occasional face mask I make him try) has heard of Glossier. The brand is just that well-known. If pressed, he could even list off a few of the biggest top sellers like Boy Brow (which he adorably calls “Boy Stuff”), Cloud Paint, and Balm Dotcom. Of course, he does have a beauty-obsessed wife and daughter, but when I asked him when and where he first heard of the brand, his reply was a perturbed, “Do you think I live under a rock?” (I suspect his addiction to scrolling through his Google feed, but what do I know?) Anyway, I digress.

Last year, The Cut reported Glossier’s worth at a cashmere-cozy 1.2 billion, and while the brand might be known for its syrupy shimmer and pink packaging aesthetic, it’s basically untouchable where product demand … Read the rest

It’s a sartorial move that hardly anyone saw coming, but 2000s-era wedges are back yet again. And for anyone who’s low-key struggling with the shift back to going-out shoes (let’s be real, aren’t we all?), the nostalgic and comfortable heel just may be the answer to our collective footwear anxiety. With an elevated height and even weight distribution, it’s the transitional shoe we didn’t know we needed as we get ready to re-enter the world.

“Wedge heels are both dressy and casual,” Rei Yoon Hongmi, creative director of Korean brand Reike Nen, tells POPSUGAR. “The sharp silhouette conveys a sense of womanliness, yet comfort. The current moment in fashion aims to be somewhere between the two.” What’s old is new again – just look at the most recent runways for proof: Schiaparelli’s fall/winter 2021 collection featured a stunning boot with a gold wedge heel and trompe l’oeil effects, while Givenchy … Read the rest

As someone who doesn’t spend that much time wearing swimsuits, I prefer to spend more on fashion items I’m going to get a lot of use out of and less on swimsuits. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want a few new ones each summer. For this reason, I’ve become an expert at finding chic affordable bikinis and one-pieces, and I know that I’ll always find them at the nine brands below.

In case you’re wondering, I have a few criteria for what makes a good swimsuit brand. I really like it when a brand has a wide variety of styles. I prefer swimwear with a little more coverage, but I know that’s not the case for everyone, so plenty of options are key. I also love swimsuits that have special details that make them look ultra-expensive—like a belt or ruching—and perhaps most importantly, an under-$200 price point is key. … Read the rest

In a funny generational twist, millennial-favorite brand turned problematic fave Abercrombie & Fitch is trending on TikTok via influencers, curve models (we see you, Remi Bader!), and everyday shoppers. The hashtag #abercrombie currently has 61.7 million views (and counting). As a millennial myself (and a self-proclaimed shopaholic, no less), I was intrigued, to say the least.

I’ll be honest, the last time I had even thought about ye olde A&F was in high school, when I could barely afford anything the store had to offer. That, coupled with the fact that I never felt like I was the right shape or size for its clothing, meant Abercrombie was hardly a go-to for my wardrobe. Heck, I barely set foot in the place. But my mind is changing.

As it turns out, I wasn’t wrong for having mixed feelings about Abercrombie. The brand found itself in hot water a few years … Read the rest

Over here in sunny Los Angeles, it feels like summer may never end, which, for the record, I’m not the least bit mad about. Since I anticipate months more of beach days, I’m still shopping for some new bikinis to add to my rotation. But not just any bikinis—I’m looking for ones that best suit my smaller-sized chest.

While my cup size may fluctuate throughout the month (anyone else?), I’m usually a solid 34B. There are certain styles I’ve found that really don’t look the best on my smaller chest, like straight-across bandeau tops and high-neck swimsuits. I strongly stand by the statement “every body is a bikini body,” however, I personally feel most confident in a swimsuit when the fabric isn’t swallowing up my top half. There are six styles, in particular, I find best highlight my smaller boobs. Shop them, ranked from the most revealing styles to least, … Read the rest

#UGGPRIDE returns with its fifth annual “Proud Prom,” which is an inclusive, virtual event and campaign that reimagines the age-old tradition thrown with local LGBTQ+ and allied youth from Santa Barbara and the coastal communities of California. The Pacific Pride Foundation helps the brand celebrate self-identity and love through partnerships with friends of the shoe label including musician Lil Nas X, writer and model Hari Nef, UGG Feel You ambassadors Maya Samaha and Jordun Love, and PPF members Mads Hamilton, Sky Limon, Roz Borah, and the Brown family, who all show off the colorful 2021 Pride For All collection in portraits shot by Danielle Levitt.

“We did more than create images and films, we created memories and shared a collective respect and love. Because visibility is key for those who are often underrepresented, this UGG campaign became more significant. We went big, we went bold, and we didn’t apologize,” Levitt … Read the rest

In an ideal world, I’d have complimentary unlimited metro swipes, a lifetime supply of Sweetgreen, and a closet full of The Row. By now, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen’s label has transcended the ranks of celebrity fashion brands, becoming a bonafide player in the industry. When it comes to quiet elegance and understated luxury, quite frankly, no one does it better. My steadfast love for The Row is pretty obvious, so of course, when Kendall Jenner landed in New York City a few weeks ago wearing a look from its latest Spring-Summer collection, her entire outfit lived in my brain rent-free. It was quite a deviation from Jenner’s usual trendy, Instagram-girl aesthetic, and as my fellow editor pointed out the model stuck to a strict trouser-only dress code. As it turns out it this wasn’t the first time Jenner decided to go the minimalist route and dabble into The Row:
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