Fact: there’s style worth spending a little on. And then there’s style worth the splurge. I like to call the latter “investment pieces.” You know, the kind of quality wardrobe staples you can turn to day after day, year after year. Here, four must-haves that are worth every last penny.
There’s always a little part of us that longs for summer to last forever (and ever… and ever…). So it’s no surprise that we want the same for the warm-weather wardrobes we’ve been carefully curating all summer long. To help ease the transition from the most beloved sunny weather into [insert excited shriek here] boot season, here are a few easy ways to keep your favorite pieces around just a little longer.
Whatever your shape, there’s a swimsuit out there that makes you feel confident enough to strut straight into the ocean without shorts, a towel, or the secret hope that no one’s looking. Read up on what works best for you.
Pear Shape You are: smaller on top and larger on the bottom. Try: a two-piece with ruffles or prints on top and a solid bottom, or a one-piece with a low V-neck. These suits balance out your proportions and draw the eye upward. String-tie bottoms flatter (no digging in). Boyshorts? Steer clear.
Boyish Shape You are: a “rectangle,” with a small top, hips, and bottom. Try: anything that creates the illusion of curves. Think a halter top with fringe and low-rise hipster bottoms or a bikini with horizontal stripes and ruffles at the bust.
Hourglass Shape You are: small-waisted with a fuller bust and hips. Try: pretty much anything. Hourglass shapes are, by nature, proportional, so look for suits that keep those proportions balanced. If you choose ruffles, for example, choose both a ruffled top and bottom, not one or the other.
Apple Shape You are: rounder at the middle. Try: a high-cut bikini bottom to show off your lean legs, and a bandeau or tankini top to keep things proportional. Suits with side detailing, Lycra, and ruching are especially flattering.
We may not be experts in astrology or the moon’s position, but we do know style alignment. And in forecasting the next month, here’s what’s in store for you.
Cancer Overstaying your welcome? No one wants that. Luckily, there’s an antidote: presents. Whether it’s a dinner party where you linger into the wee hours or a (very) long weekend at a friend’s, they’ll be so thrilled with a trinket from your well-stocked gift closet they won’t even notice.
Leo Admit it – you think you’re as close to royalty as they come (it’s okay, we won’t tell). So why not decorate like it? Think over-the-top plushness, ornate chandeliers, and luxe fabrics at every turn. Just avoid going for the whole crown look… trust us.
Virgo Forget introspection for the time being. Right now is all about analyzing and perfecting what your living room says about you. Ditch that faux wood coffee table, mix in greys and golds, and curate your own gallery for one serious accent wall.
Libra No worries – you’re a little indecisive, and that’s okay. There’s a way to put that “skill” to good use at home. If you can’t decide between motifs (to go with boho-style floor pillows or modern leather chairs?), switch it up every season. Problem solved.
Scorpio Believe it or not, people don’t want to hear you bragging about your gorgeous new patio furniture or those oh-so-perfect serving pieces. So throw a summer soiree – complete with twinkle lights and all kinds of tapas – and let the compliments flow naturally.
Sagittarius Stop. Just stop. Worrying about the inevitable onslaught of fall doesn’t do any good. Instead, embrace the present by lounging on the beach from dawn to dusk. Round up that colorful folding chair, a carry-friendly grill, and a good crowd. And remember a sweater for the bonfire.