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119: Swimsuits, sandals, and summer pizzazz
Acne at SSENSE, Celine on Poshmark, and Khaite from Net-A-Porter.
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This one is alt titled “We fuckin did it my Joes.” We’re out of talking-about-spring-like-it’s-summer season and can finally enjoy the season propa. Let’s do so with some color: These chintzy Bode pants are two clicks away from Lilly Pulitzer in a good way—WASPs always did love an “exotic” embellishment, better yet strewn over pink and yellow; a double-zip Rave Review dress-maybe-coat-kinda-robe pieced together from salvaged patterned terrycloth—I think “astounding” is the word I’m looking for; a full Acne look made of a bodysuit and capri leggings in complementary plaids (I’d try it with the body over the bottoms, even); this Christopher Esber tee is more than meets the eye with an inner metallic mesh layer that can be shaped into swoops and flips, preserving that evasive, blithely rumpled look…surfer off duty, say; and a museum of a Marni skirt from SS19 for the art collector who likes to fit into the frame.
I realize this lineup doesn’t vibrate across the full frequency of bathing potential, but I sense a master swim roundup akin to the wedding-guest dress list coming in the near future. For now, my vintage swim sights have been retrained away from logo-swathed micro-kinis (though I admit I’m obsessed with my Dolce one that has yet to have its mo-ment!) to the place that straddles both gauche and austere, as with this Capri-blue two-piece with gold accents via Michael Kors-era Celine; more restrained is this black Toteme maillot in the brand’s now-signature smocking; a Paloma Wool bathing suit with boy-short bottoms jumps ahead of the curve by pegging 1920s silhouettes as a powerful source of inspo this poolside season; Gucci Vault Summer taps Agua by Agua Bendita for a capsule of resort pieces in the latter’s mark-hitting prints, this high-waisted bikini (whose top could stand on its own with a pleated pant) more affordable than one would expect for a set carrying the G-brand cosign; and a Nike two-piece that couldn’t get any simpler, effectively standing in as the swim version of the season’s ubiquitous trackpant trend.
Let’s go clockwise from top left…Ancient Greek Sandals makes a number of great contenders for this list, its smooth natural leather and clean, minimalist shapes suggest a brand more expensive than it is—its Charys sandals (more sizing here) are almost indistinguishable from The Row’s nearly $1,000 Ginza shoes but are only $120 on sale; with familiar elements of treckable Tevas sandals, these Hacker sandals by Khaite pay homage to the increasingly pervasive tradition of “gorp,” the textile webbing found on the water shoes from which these take their cues narrowed, supplemented with lush suede, and pinned to a padded leather footbed; after several record-breaking seasons of Birkenstock sandal-consumption led by the Arizona sandal and Boston clog, the simpler, single-strapped Madrid Big Buckle—a sort-of hybrid of the two—is primed to head the next wave of invariable virality; under Blazy, Bottega Veneta’s intrecciato has come back from caricaturized gimmick to a celebration of the noble technique, as evidenced by these Patrician Canalazzo slippers, certainly the priciest pair on this list—but just look at them!—so all the more reason to maximize your ROI by wearing them daily; and the new and much-feted J.W.Anderson Bumper shoe might have found its best iteration as a hiking sandal with a bulbous, grippy base and fetishistic hardware.
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