Sexy sandals, sensational surf styles, and tailored pieces with playful elements summer’s suddenly unleashed optimism is hard to resist

by Archana Aithal Rose

From the well-heeled to sparkly slides and straps that creep up languorous legs, the statement sandals to covet this season will make sure your pedicure doesn’t go to waste. Packed with plenty of textural feels and punctuated with color, these pairs will help you keep it cool this season.

Chloé Wave Flat Sandal
Take center stage in gradient pink and purple calfskin. In a thong style, with leather laces that wrap around the ankles in a criss cross pattern. $680,

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Balmain Jana Silver Leather Sandals
Get party ready in structural metallic! Featuring an adjustable ankle strap and 4.3 inch heels adorned with the Balmain circular blazon. $1,350,


Chanel Lambskin Sandals
In traffic stopping red, Chanel’s lambskin strap on sandals come with a comfortable two inch heel. The braided pattern, featuring chain links, packs plenty of visual impact. $1,350,

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Combining inspirational sources like the Greek Goddess Gaia and David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II British TV series, Max Mara Creative Director Ian Griffths rendered the house’s spring/ summer 2019 collection in sharp and avant garde pieces, while maintaining the Italian brand’s traditional aesthetics, timelessness, and emphasis on sustainability. Stunning and sculptural pieces in a range of neutrals dotted the collection, along with an occasional shock of color (like canary yellow). Details like ruffles and ruching signaled a fresh perspective. And just like that everlasting Max Mara coat that’s been handed down for generations, there’s an investment piece in this summer range of styles for everyone.

Cotton Gabardine Blazer
Understated and stylish, this polka dot double breasted gabardine blazer, with step lapels and patch pockets, is a clever take on a layering staple. $1,490

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Printed Leather Belt
Accentuate your waist with a printed semi glossy leather corset belt that features whimsical fl ounce trim for visual interest. $665

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Viscose Yarn Jumper
Just the item to pack for a summer weekend: a cheerful yellow viscose yarn jumper with sleeves finished with tonal ruffles down to the wrist. Pair with linen shorts or anti fi t denims—there’s no going wrong with this one. $695

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Cycling shorts, tiedye, straw hats, and crochet…it doesn’t take a genius to figure out fashion’s current obsession with surf culture. With athleisure becoming a mainstay trend and beach vacations in our near future, it’s hardly a surprise that hanging ten is having a moment. Even fashion houses like Chanel and Etro gave it a nod when designing resort lines, taking the trend from the boardwalk to the catwalk. Here are some key surf pieces to cleverly integrate into your everyday.

Stella McCartney Floral Monogram Top
A versatile floral monogram neoprene top in a firm stretchy fabric and with a zipper closure. Pairs as smartly with a pair of wide leg trousers as with your favorite bikini bottoms. $865,


Fendi Cyclist Bermudas
Summon that inner biker/board chick with fitted high waisted cycle shorts in Lycra, decorated with a high sealed 3D motif. Style with a crisp cotton shirt or an oversized jacket to play with proportion. $550,

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Michael Kors Cotton and Cashmere Blend Sleeveless Surf Hoodie
Channel the Californian surfer vibe in a lush cashmere and Italian cotton blend hoodie, punctuated with a pulsating surf print. $550,

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