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Editor’s Picks: My Summer Essentials

It’s fair to say that my style has changed dramatically since moving to Berlin. Where I used to like bodycon skirts and dresses I now prefer loose track pants. Where I used to gravitate towards high, architectural heels I now favor sneakers (my collection is out of control). This month has come full circle and my editor’s picks include Adidas track pants (I wear a men’s small), high-top Vans sneakers (which I’ve been wearing for years), and oversized trench coats.

It is summer however—despite what the weather might be telling us—so humidity is affecting my beauty routine. I recently discovered The Ordinary, a brand that isolates specific ingredients and sells them for market price (seriously nothing is over £10. Another favorite new beauty brand is 3ina, a Madrid-based global brand that has incredible formulas and colors. Their creme eyeshadow is like super glue on your lids, and it’s so metallic people will think you’ve packed on the glitter.

Though it’s not exactly hot enough for the beach, I’m still hopeful. Myra Swim makes some of my favorite pieces—they’re super soft and double-lined seamless. I recently got their Ford top and Mase bottoms which I’ll mix and match (and wear the top with my Adidas pants).

I can’t get enough of Grime music, specifically Stormzy (I know, I’m a bit late to the game). I’m also super into Giggs, Flowdan, and Nadia Rose. And thankfully, Rebecca Solnit has a new feminist book out, which I highly recommend picking up if you want an eye opener.

From left to right: Ader Error trench coat, €389, www.adererror.com; Stormzy; Adidas Cuffed Pants, €64.95, www.kickz.com; Myra Swim Ford top and Mase bottoms, both €61.93, www.myraswim.com; Vans SK8-Hi Shoes, €85, www.vans.com; The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit; 3ina The Creme Eyeshadow, €8.95, www.3ina.com; The Ordinary Glycolic Acid Toner, €8.70, www.theordinary.com.

The Wardrobe Staple: 5 Bodysuits You Need Now

When it comes to wardrobe staples, the bodysuit is the most versatile of the lot. Case in point, one piece swimsuits can double as day wear—check the Myra Swim Rhoads suit featured here. And though they’ve come into the limelight thanks to Kim Kardashian, they’re quickly making a name for themselves because of Instagram brands like Naked Wardrobe and The Line by K.

So what makes a good bodysuit? Besides the obvious cute factor, there are a few things to look out for when choosing the right one for you. First off, does it snap at the crotch? To avoid a serious wardrobe malfunction, look for brands that either don’t snap at the bottom (using a swimsuit for a bodysuit for example) or ones that have sturdy metal snaps. Mass retailers like to use plastic snaps which often come unsnapped.

Secondly, since the suit will be like second skin, look for opaque fabrics or doubled up (for a leaner, smoother look). Anything too see-through will likely drive you bonkers, as the close fit of these pieces makes for finding the right undergarments a challenge. Opt for pieces which let you skip the bra or are thick enough to conceal.

From left to right: The Line by K Adrianne Body Suit, $89, www.thelinkebyk.com; Naked Wardrobe The NW Bodysuit, $34, www.nakedwardrobe.com; Myra Swim Rhoads One Piece, $92.28, www.myraswim.com; Good American Asymmetric, $139, www.goodamerican.com; Alix NYC Leroy Bodysuit, $150, www.alixnyc.com.

Instagram’s Favorite Swimwear Line Now Does Ready-to-Wear

If you’re the kind of woman with discerning taste then chances are you’ve heard of Myra Swim. The Aussie based label started by Bianca Anstiss two years ago has quickly climbed to the upper echelon of fashion must-haves and can now be seen on just about all of your favorite bloggers’ Instagram feeds. The brand’s popularity is no surprise, with seamless designs, a muted color palette, and sexy cuts that suite every body shape and are often sold out.

The pieces are so chic in fact—they also do double duty as day wear—that it was no surprise when last month the brand hinted at a full fledge clothing line. Enter The Myra Collection, a collection of double lined, seamless day wear in the same covetable palette as the swim wear. We touched base with designer Bianca Anstiss to hear about her inspiration for the collection and what’s next for Myra.

 What inspired The Myra Collection?

I wanted to make a range of clothing that can be so versatile you could wear it from day to night. A range that compliments a fuller curvy figure and highlights the areas most try to avoid or hide. Also its a sister range to my swimwear you can mix and match the pieces as I made them all from the same fabrics.

I’ve noticed a lot of girls wearing the swimwear as day wear, was that intentional and did it inspire the collection?
Yes, that had been something I was planning for a while.

What kind of girl do you create Myra for?
Myra is for every girl—big and small—that has a shape. Myself being a fuller figure but not plus size I have had trouble finding pieces that compliment my shape. I have an ass, a small waist, a full bust so really I made the range for myself, but everyone is just loving it world wide.

How did you choose the color palette?
Color is everything to me as I HATE patterns. Most swim brands focus on patterns to stand out from others where I focus on staple colors and shape more than anything. I think that’s what makes this collection stand out. I choose the colors every season and I’m obsessed with the Yeezy movement right now so that inspired this recent collection.

What lifestyle is the Collection best for?
I think the collection will be versatile like the swimwear is. I really ant to make clothing for all women and since it’s going to be based on the same color range that will help. I wear my collection when I travel, as day wear, at night, to the gym. You can even wear the crop tops in the water with bottoms as they are all lycra.

Do you plan on expanding it?
I want to keep going as far as possible, continuing to create more and more. The support is amazing at the moment my customers are so loyal so if it keeps going this way I won’t be stopping any time soon!

Get Myra Swimwear at www.myraswim.com and The Myra Collection at www.themyracollection.com starting in April.

Elizabeth and James Just Got a Whole Lot Cooler

Though Elizabeth and James—little sister line to the luxury brand The Row—has been around for years, as of last summer it’s officially back under the umbrella of design duo Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. After eight years, the twins bought back the license of the brand and moved the design team in house with The Row. Good news for those of us that love The Row, but not the price tag. Though the twins were involved with the collections in the past, the move to in-house has already proven to be a significant improvement.

The last two collections since the acquisition have already showed a significant improvement in the designs, leaving behind form fitted girlie pieces for looser, boxier shapes reminiscent of The Row. The twins tell WWD that they plan to expand the brand’s knitwear and denim. Pre-fall and fall also saw more muted, darker colors, already a clear sign that the line was moving into a chicer new beginning.

4 Spring Jacket Trends to Wear Now

Spring is the perfect season for those of us that have a hard time getting dressed. Unpredictable weather calls for expert layering, often times topped off with a lightweight jacket. This season, four trends stand out, all loaning an air of chic laid backness to every outfit.

SHINY BOMBERS A new take on an old classic, this seasons bombers are in light, shiny colors.

PASTEL SUEDES Though suede jackets pop up time and time again, newer styles come in pastely hues—perfect for lighter weather.

RELAXED DENIM Casual denim gets a makeover with loose, fashionable shapes.

SILKY FLORALS Paired with casual separates, spring florals are loose and laid back.

13 Flats to Get You Ready for Spring

If you’re someone with discerning taste and a love of fashion, then you know that wearing flats doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. The old adage that if shoes look good, they aren’t comfortable and vice versa doesn’t ring true this day and age with designers focusing more on comfort. It doesn’t hurt that the fashion inspiration shift has moved from the red carpet to street style.

We’ve rounded up 13 flats for spring that are sure to make any outfit choice as chic as the pages of any magazine. From lace up ankle wraps to a new take on ballet flats, these styles will get you through the seasons without the pain.

(1) Tabitha Simmons, $825; (2) Miu Miu, $660; (3) Topshop, $100; (4) Charlotte Olympia, $845; (5) Stuart Weitzman, $395; (6) Topshop, $100 ; (7) Jimmy Choo, $595; (8) Aquazzura, $985; (9) Christian Louboutin, $795; (10) ASOS, $31; (11) Rochas, $750; (12) J. Crew, $148; (13) Zara, $69.90

Riccardo Tisci Teams Up With Nike Again

After the success of two limited-edition sneaker collections for Nike, Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci has branched out into a full on workout gear collection for the brand. NikeLab x RT: Training Redefined boasts kaleidoscope-print pieces using Nike’s key performance technology—like Dri-FIT and Flyknit—in classic Tisci designs. The collection of crop tops two in one shorts and tights also comes in a black and white version that’s reminiscent of Givenchy runways.

The collection will be available in July.

Hómini: Minimalist, Geometric Jewelry for the Every Woman

Designed by architect sisters Deborah and Dinorah Kaiser of Uruguay, Hómini is a line of jewelry that aims to return to the simplistic. The collection of bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and rings are crafted out of stainless steal, brass, and plexiglass, all lending a simplistic approach to design.

The duo describes their designs as being neither decorative nor representational and have no embellishments nor set stones. Meant to mimic the human body, the designs play into common shapes in unexpected finishes and colors.

French Girl Cool: Geraldine Saglio & Emmanuelle Alt

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French fashion girls are always synonymous with great, casual style. Never over done, they somehow exude the kind of style we all dream of: makeup free, cool, casual, and undeniably sexy.

Nowhere do we see this style epitomized so well than with Geraldine Saglio, sidekick to Emmannuelle Alt and stylist extraordinaire. Saglio is a stable at Paris fashion week, often seen walking in perfect unison with her French Vogue posse. While her and Alt are often seen sporting similar styles, Saglio keeps things fresh by mixing tones, shapes, and styles.

A favorite of hers: skinny white jeans, black ankle boots, a barely tucked in button up (the French did invent the one-handed tuck after all), and a crisp, tailored blazer. Devoid of accessories and with a clean face, this look screams put together.

Jacket / Mango, Shirt / H&M, Jeans / Rag & Bone, Boots / & Other Stories

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Every fashion girl knows the power that an all black ensemble has. Nowhere do we see this more than with the French–those perennial cool girls–whom always seem to be at the forefront of the anti-trend look.

Take for example Emmanuelle Alt, Vogue France’s editor-in-chief. She screams laid back, effortless coolness. Unlike her American counterpart—Anna Wintour—Alt could be anyone, blending into the street style crowds at fashion week, making a statement by not making one at all.

She loves solid colors and Isabel Marant basics, opting for low slung trousers and jeans, kitten heels, and sharp cut blazers. Sans accessories (save for belts, always, with everything) yet always chic and pulled together, above is a perfect example of an Alt classic: a loose button up shirt, low slung trousers, simple black pumps, and a leather motorcycle jacket. In all black, naturally.

Top / ASOS, Trousers / J.Crew, Jacket / ACNE, Belt / Topshop, Pumps / & Other Stories

5 Jeans Under €50

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5 Affordable Denim Styles

The backbone of just about every fashion girl’s wardrobe, denim has seen a decidedly steep increase in price as of late, with high fashion houses—like Givenchy and Alexander Wang—adding wears to their offerings. Yet, surprisingly, some of the best styles on the market don’t come with a hefty price tag, as these five styles prove.

All under €50 and running the gamut from high-waisted skinny to cropped flares, these five styles cover the trends of the season, without breaking your bank. Least we forget one of the brands on the list–H&M–singlehandedly started a trend last season with their wide-legged cropped jeans.

Topshop’s Joni style is revered amongst just about every trendsetter (Kylie Jenner and Taylor Swift are fans), while Asos’s Farleigh jeans take mom jeans to a whole new, sexy level with their high waisted, skinny fit. H&M once again proves it’s ahead of the game with a super stretchy pair of cropped flares, while Weekday’s’ in house brand’s style ‘Cut’ offers a looser version of that style. And lastly, Monki’s Ikmo is a loose fitted cropped style, part boyfriend, part girlfriend fit in a plethora of offerings. The best part? They’re all under €50.

 

From left to right: Weekdays, Topshop, Asos, Monki, H&M