Starstruck Week: Beachwear Essentials

First comes Memorial Day, then comes summer: weekends away, outdoor fun and summer flicks to catch on those chance rainy days (just to name a few)… We are loving just thinking about summer here at Bungalow, and can’t imagine our first set of summer-themed posts without delving into your beach needs. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday posts will cover your patriotic spirit from the beginning to the end of the season (Labor Day weekend, sigh), and don’t miss Wednesday Obsessions thrown into the beachy mix. Enjoy! 


Clockwise from top left: Jack Wills Lindley Bikini Top and Pant; Havaianas Limited Edition Slim Lucky Eye Sandals; Ralph Lauren Blue Label Classic Pony Top – pair with coral bottoms; Ralph Lauren Deauville Striped Midkini Top – pair with blue bottoms; SCOUT Original Deano in Starstruck – a staff favorite! Jack Wills Pendlebury Beach Towel; Polo Ralph Lauren Team USA Beach Towels, with Polo pony and with Olympic seal.

Wednesday Obsessions: Sheaths & Shifts, Eastern Influences

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SHIFTS & SHEATHS: Both shift and sheath styles of dresses offer a fitted bodice from top to bottom… although both are technically more ‘body-con’ than an A-line style, for example, shifts and sheaths are the most universally flattering for all kinds of figures.

-For the simpler dressers, try yours in monochromatic or embellished at the neckline or hemline; for the bolder set, explore the many patterns and multicolored options offered on the RTW runways for spring/summer.

-Some of our favorite designers for these styles include Milly, Pink Tartan, Lisa Perry, Peter Som, Peter Pilotto, Ballantyne and Philosophy di Alberta Feretti (just to name a few!).

-See other posts where we featured shift & sheath styles on Yo Deb here, here and here.

EASTERN INFLUENCES IN FASHIONbetween Eastern Europe and Asia we can trace the journey of fashion concepts carried out in contemporary designer pieces.

-We love the beginning influence and are especially loving the translation as it crosses further West:

-indigenous fabrics are blended into 20th-century cuts and fabrics

-native shapes and styles take on new details to align with the ‘modern woman’s’ 21st-century style of dress

-costumes are re-interpreted to convey a new concept while still exercising the same level of craftsmanship.

-Some updated takes that come to mind are from LemLem, model Liyah Kebede’s latest project, also carried at J. Crew; Jonathan Adler‘s beach-blanket towels that in turn work stylishly as scarves and shawls; Matta‘s scarves and separates.