Summer is here and the vacay pics are popping up relentlessly on my IG feed—reminding my procrastinator self that I have yet to plan a trip anywhere, but I digress. If you’re in the same boat as me though, that doesn’t mean you can’t get yourself pretty new swimwear that’s at least worthy of a chic destination. There are plenty that are inspired by a tropical locale, ones that channel the ’80s with neon shades and bold prints, and others that offer a homespun touch with their crochet or knit textures. (If you want even more 2022 swimwear trends, we’ve got that covered!)
Here, I rounded up some of-the-moment styles that give off those vacation vibes you’ve been seeing on social media from the fashion set. Odds are that certain pieces might already be familiar to you, but if that’s the case, this is your sign to finally click *add to cart*. The great news is that these swimsuits are all under $100, which means more money left in your pocket to go towards that trip. Keep scrolling for the best under-$100 swimsuits to shop this summer.
I love a celebrity who knows a good affordable find when they see one. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—celebrities have their pick of just about any fashion item they want, so when they wear something affordable, it must be good. In this case, the celebrity is Sienna Miller and that thing is a pair of flat sandals that are perfect for vacations and city strolls (like in Miller’s case) alike.
The sandals that Miller wore with straight-leg jeans and a sweatshirt are from Charles & Keith. They feature asymmetrical straps and a toe-ring loop (a trend I happen to love). I’d call them minimal everyday summer sandals with a twist. Miller went with the versatile cream iteration but they’re good in every color. Oh, and they’re only $49. I’m sold.
Scroll to shop the celebrity-approved sandals before they’re gone, as well as a few other flat-sandal options from Charles & Keith.
My summer social calendar is filling up quickly, and quite frankly, my closet can’t keep up. While I’m all for being an outfit repeater, I’m not not looking for fun new pieces that I can sneak into my lineup. (C’mon, I’m only human.) And lately, I’ve been seeing so many chic summer things from the one and only Lilly Pulitzer. I swear everyone on social media is posting pics of themselves wearing the iconic designer at brunch, on boat days, and during pool hangs, and it’s all giving me major outfit inspiration. But when digital creators Alisha Donnell and Kyra Aaliyah posted their latest Lilly ‘fits, I knew I couldn’t resist anymore—I immediately needed these pieces in my closet for my sunny-day activities. Keep scrolling to see their ultra-cute ‘fits and where they’re planning to wear them this summer.
“You’ll find me at the beach in this outfit all summer long. I paired the one-piece and linen button-down with an oversize straw hat and comfy slip-on shoes to really capture the beachy summer aesthetic. I love this look for the beach for a couple of reasons: A white linen button-down can really elevate a summer look, and this one-piece is so comfortable when I want to be more active at the beach. When I put the look together, I didn’t want to put too many patterns on top of each other, so the patterned swimsuit is a perfect contrast to the white linen shirt.” — Kyra Aaliyah, digital content creator
“I’ll be wearing this pretty pink set to a sunset dinner. For this look, I decided to pair the top and skirt with a simple nude heel and dainty gold jewelry. Since the pattern is already so fun and bright, I wanted to keep accessories to a minimum and let the set really stand on its own as the main character. My accessories enhance this look to make it more elegant, but they don’t overpower it, which is key for me. I also love how versatile the top is. You can wear the sleeves off the shoulder or on the shoulder as a puff-sleeve look.” — Aaliyah
“This versatile top is perfect for so many occasions, from brunch to coffee dates. Comfort is a top priority when I’m putting together an outfit, and this no-fuss top is so comfortable. (Plus, it adds a splash of color to an outfit.) The baby-doll cut is something I haven’t seen in a bit, which I find refreshing and really fun to style. I love that this is a top you can easily dress up or down. To dress it down, shorts will pair perfectly. But if you’re going for a more dressed-up look, any tailored pants will complement the top beautifully.” — Alisha Donnell, digital content creator
“An outdoor picnic is a perfect backdrop for this fun romper. Gingham is always the best pattern for the occasion. I styled this look with a simple pair of wrap-up sandals, as I wanted the colorful romper to shine while keeping accessories minimal. And the best part of this piece? On the outside, it looks like a dress, but underneath are shorts, which means I can easily move around in it. That plus the romper’s fun color and puff sleeves check off just about every box for me, making this a must-have for the season.” — Donnell
It seems like every time I go anywhere, I overhear people talking about their travel plans. Whether it’s a roundtrip ticket to Mykonos for an all-inclusive getaway or a staycation in Malibu at a shared house with friends, it seems like we’re all more than ready for a little R&R. And to make the packing process a little easier (does choosing Insta-worthy ‘fits for vaycay give anyone else major anxiety?), I tapped two fashion insiders to give me the low-down on what they’re stuffing in their suitcases for their upcoming trips. The consensus? A bunch of Lilly Pulitzer. Can you blame them, though? Going onto the Lilly Pulitzer site is basically stepping into a virtual tropical oasis with bright colors and splashy prints jumping out at you on every page. Keep scrolling to see their vacation-worthy looks. (And, just a warning, be ready to book your next flight.)
“This summer, we’re heading back home to NYC for a week. We’ve been living in Miami for almost a year, so we’re super excited to go back and catch up with friends and family as well as visit some of our favorite places in the city. I’m excited to wear this set on walks around the city. I styled this look with white sneakers, a simple top-handle bag, fun sunglasses, and gold jewelry—so it’s comfortable yet super stylish. I love dressing up, but having a casual look in my suitcase for walks or breakfast is always a must.”
“I’ll be wearing this dress for a brunch during a staycation type of day in my own city. This look gives off major getaway vibes as it’s colorful, lightweight, and unique. It makes me want to just kick back and have some fun! And I love the way the dress fits—I’m 5’5″, and the length is perfect on me. I also love that I can dress it up or down with some flat sandals. My favorite summer accessories are sunglasses and gold jewelry (they look great with everything), so they were definitely a must when styling this dress.”
“When packing for vacation I tend to gravitate toward easy, versatile pieces that can be worn day or night. And this dress is just that—it’s simple, elegant, and multi-functional. You can wear it almost anywhere: a dinner date, breakfast, sightseeing in the city, and so much more. When it comes to styling, I think keeping it simple is key since the dress has three colors. You want it to be the main focus of your outfit. Shoes and accessories should be a solid color with no prints or patterns.”
“I have a trip planned to Hawaii this summer, and this pink dress is first on my packing list. Everyone needs a breezy dress that’s practical for those hot summer days, especially in humid Hawaii. It’s easy to throw on when you don’t want to make an effort but still want to look chic. I love that I can wear it with anything (in this case, an ultra-cute straw bag) and feel happy in it. It’s easy to style, fits amazing, and will keep me cool all summer.”
Taking a closer look at the fall/winter 2022 collections that debuted earlier this year, there are some key shoe trends to have on your radar for the upcoming season. While there are so many major trends worth noting for the season—ranging from floor-sweeping hemlines to the “new” new bomber jackets—I’m here to narrow in on the coolest fall shoe trends for 2022.
There were many notable styles introduced by designers, but there are seven trends that are the most important to know for the season ahead. Rather than focus on any seasonal basics, I’m highlighting the most directional footwear that I predict will have a big impact on fashion for the upcoming season. The shortlist includes the silhouettes taking over and the boots that are already going viral among the fashion set. Here, read on for the seven key fall shoe trends for 2022.
Cameron Diaz is making a comeback. The gorgeous actress and OG Maxim cover model will co-star alongside Jamie Foxx in a Netflix original movie called Back In Action, a fact that was revealed with a clever promotional stunt.
Foxx tweeted a recording of a phone call with Diaz, in she admits to being nervous about making her first movie since 2014’s Annie.
“I’m like pacing the room,” Diaz said expressing apprehension over a return to movie making. “I feel excited, but I don’t know how to do this, you know?”
Foxx then looped her in with perhaps the most famous un-retiree of 2022: Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who announced his NFL return just 40 days after hanging up his jersey.
“I was talking to Jamie and he said you need a few tips on how to un-retire,” Brady quipped. “I’m relatively successful at un-retiring.”
“Cameron I hope you aren’t mad I recorded this, but no turning back now. Had to call in the GOAT to bring back another GOAT,” Foxx captioned the recording, adding, “Thanks @TomBrady for the assist.”
As USA Today points out, Netflix quoted Foxx’s tweet and updated its bio to read, “Thank you Cameron Diaz.”
The action-comedy film will be directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, Baywatch and The Lost City)— Gordon will also co-write the script with screenwriterBrendan O’Brien.
The idea of wilderness plays a crucial and curious role in the ongoing evolution of travel. Conquering the wild was once central to our pioneer narratives of progress. Nowadays exploring the “frontier” can take on a myriad of meanings for different travelers. Whether the notion conjures remote lands, or the thrilling prospect of tracking apex predators, here are ways to get your wild on—from the South Pole to the South Sandwich Islands.
An entirely 21st Century upgrade in travel to the White Continent is finally here, ready to quite literally rock your world and properly blow your mind. White Desert’s newest camp, Echo, debuts this December. The new camp is located inland of Antarctica’s north coast, three miles from Wolf ’s Fang, a sister camp that opened in December 2021 on a glacier in Queen Maud Land.
A power player in the sustainable polar travel arena, White Desert is the only luxury hospitality company in the world to fly business jets to Antarctica. Their 9,800-foot runway is exclusively for private jets, either the company’s Gulfstream G550, a privately-chartered A340 or those of camp guests, which have included the likes of Prince Harry, Bear Grylls, and Buzz Aldrin.
Echo is the next best thing to a stag party on Mars. Intimately scaled, it’s ideal for exclusive use by affluent families, C-suite executives, and bachelors gone rogue. On arrival, a welcome cocktail chilled with 10,000-year-old ice awaits in the central lounge.
Accommodating up to 12 explorers in serious style, Echo’s high-end execution of deliriously thrilling expeditions raises the bar on next-gen “pop up” possibilities. As with all White Desert’s camps on the 7th Continent, Echo is designed to be completely dismantled, leaving no trace on the environment.
Inspired by the golden age of space exploration, the idyllic design of the “Sky Pods” is striking, to say the least, like superstructures from a parallel multiverse. Futuristic and nostalgic all at once, Echo is quite an aesthetic coup. Six heated pods were created using composite fiberglass with floor-to-ceiling windows—lose yourself in the lunar-like landscape from the comfort of your bed. Waking up at Echo, encircled by otherworldly geological formations, feels like you’ve lifted off the planet without actually leaving Earth.
Each pod features original photography by Colonel Terry Virts, former International Space Station Commander, taken from the ISS. Virts was an early guest with White Desert, and the terrain spectacle clearly made a massive impression. Take it from one of the few astronauts who can legitimately boast this frame of comparative reference; says Virts of the Echo camp landscape, “The mountains are the most beautiful I have seen across Earth, Venus and Mars.”
Patrick Woodhead, White Desert founder and CEO, tips his hat to pop culture in his latest passion project. “The inspiration behind the interiors of Echo Base comes from too many years of watching Star Wars as a kid,” says Woodhead.
“I loved the 1970s vision of what the future would hold. The real difficulty was trying to get the interior designers to fuse together the retro feel of the Millennium Falcon with the luxury of a boutique retreat!” The polar explorercum-camp entrepreneur finds the greatest validation from those who’ve ventured into orbit, divulging, “We’ve hosted a couple of astronauts over the years, and hearing them speak about the beauty of the Antarctic landscape is quite something.”
Fill your days with as much fat biking, skiing, and Ski-Dooing as you like. Or forge trails in a 4×4 arctic truck to ice-climbing and mountaineering sites. An expedition to the 28,000-strong Emperor Penguin colony is the peak bucket list moment for most guests. Be sure to avail yourself of the arctic-specific SPF100 on hand at camp or face the high-UV consequences, like the group of Saudi royals, who thought they were immune.
By nightfall, captains of industry sip snifters of Speyside Scotch served from a “snow bar” sculpted from Jurassic-era ice. A dining room serves up epicurean delights such as savory lamb shank, or velvety tagliatelle in a Parmigiano wheel, no small feat, considering you’re carb-loading this close tothe South Pole. Beam us in a hologram of Wonderwall-era Jane Birkin, we’re hooked. This five-day fantasy can be yours from $780,000, for up to a dozen of your friends.
Nearly a century after the heroics of early Antarctic exploration, the elusive continent remains largely undiscovered. We can’t think of a more thrilling frontier than the impassable Weddell Sea and imposing Larsen Ice Shelf. The big buzz on the high seas for the coming Antarctic cruising season? Ponant recently launched Le Commandant-Charcot, the world’s first luxury hybrid electric ice-class vessel, powered by LNG (currently the cleanest fuel on the market).
Le Commandant-Charcot is capable of sailing to parts of the Bellingshausen Sea that have been inaccessible until now. The volcanic Peter I Island—where fewer people have visited than have set foot on the moon—is suddenly an option, to put this auspicious launch into rather wild perspective. Navigating the route first explored by Jean-Baptiste Charcot in 1909, National Geographic enthusiasts will surely be smitten by the oceanographic laboratory onboard. Far from a mere pleasure cruise, take part in what Ponant dubs “participative science” by helping to set up a station on an ice floe or taking water samples. Ponant polar itineraries also include the South Sandwich Islands and the Ross Sea.
Our continental frontier remains the Lamar Valley—the Serengeti of North America—in Yellowstone National Park. If wolves are your spirit animal (or just on your boo’s wish list), the Four Seasons Jackson Hole unveils a new encounter this summer designed to dive deeper into this connection. The resort’s partnership with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris allows for unrivaled access to view Greater Yellowstone’s apex predators in prime natural habitats. An expert naturalist guides you in safely tracking and photographing wolves, grizzlies and megafauna in a landscape right out of Jeremiah Johnson.
With Grand Teton and Yellowstone in their backyard, the Four Seasons Jackson Hole boasts a “Swiss Army Knife” of solutions when it comes to creative expeditions to Willow Flats, Pacific Creek, Hayden Valley within the parks—all with an upscale spin. To disappear into the wild at dawn, revel in an emotional epiphany with wolves by dusk (or at least a certain awe), then feast on dry-aged Piedmontese ribeye slathered in black-truffle bone marrow butter is pretty priceless.
If you value lashings of personal attention and handcrafted, five-star meals, nirvana awaits at Westbank Grill, overlooking the resort’s base camp. Many of this particular Four Seasons’ custom experiences are in some way geared towards physical and mental exploration, if not enlightenment. For those short on time, but big on rugged adventure with all the trappings of a posh holiday, this is as good as it gets.
One of Florence, Italy’s best and most beautiful hotels is all but hidden in a medieval tower built more than 800 years ago tucked into one of the city’s most exclusive shopping streets. Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni is as historic as it gets, yet the prestigious property is not lacking in luxury amenities, including one of the stunning city’s best-loved rooftop bars, which has a view of the iconic Ponte Vecchio among other landmarks.
It’s the perfect spot to enjoy one of Florence’s most famous inventions (around here anyway), the Negroni. As the story goes, in 1919 the aristocratic Count de Negroni asked a bartender at Florence’s Café Casoni to create the concoction. The café is long gone but the drink, like Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni, lives on in style.
This is understated luxury at its finest, where “original art harmoniously compliments contemporary craftsmanship and design-led interiors,” as the family-owned hotel puts it. “Here, guests enjoy a sense of timeless elegance set against a magnificent backdrop.” In addition to the original tower, the hotel also now occupies the stately 19th-century palazzo next door.
The hotel’s General Manager, Maria Rita Bellini, tells us they “wish to reinvent the concept of hospitality, and we have the inspiration to provide the warmth of home in every detail.” That’s in keeping with the historical record, as the tower-house built in the mid-12th century by the important Ruggerini family first became a hotel in the early 1900s, and “quickly turned into a privileged residence for aristocrats, writers and musicians.”
It first opened as Antica Torre di Via Tornabuoni a century later. “Thanks to attentive restoration to preserve all its original charm, the evocative ambiance of the palace on Via Tornabuoni has regained life and warmth,” Bellini says. “To this day, it still preserves all its characteristic architectural elements.” Then as now it serves as a a lavish home from home for well-heeled travelers who wish to enjoy a taste of Florentine living.
She adds, “In this ancient tower, we have created a world of harmony, privacy, and attentiveness to our guests’ needs. Luxury, peace, and beauty are all in traditional Italian style, and give the concept of comfort new aesthetics.” Just as important as the design is service, and “our per personnel… are dedicated to satisfying guests’ needs and desires with constant and discreet assistance,” Bellini notes.
The hotel has just 27 rooms and suites, each one unique and featuring original details like wood-beamed ceilings and stone archways. The historic interiors were updated and enhanced by renowned designer Angelica Frescobaldi, who aimed for “an elusive mix of old school glamour and contemporary chic.”
Each room features hand-painted walls with “vibrant notes of color and artisanal finishes,” plus richly hued textiles, antique rugs, and natural wood floors. The larger suites rooms in the front of the palazzo have postcard views over the Arno River and some have private terraces as well. Our favorite is the cozy library suite with its wall of built-in bookshelves.
The bathrooms are adorned in Italian marble and there are cashmere throws on the oversize beds, while public spaces display fresh flowers, leather-bound books and antique furniture. Coupled with the hotel’s intimate reception area, and a front desk that feels like your private concierge, the overall ethos is more akin to staying in a private apartment than a typical luxury hotel.
As noted, Antica Torre Tornabuoni has some of the most exceptional views in Florence. The ancient tower’s rooftop terraces, which are for guests only, have panoramic vistas across Florence and beyond, and the picture-perfect rooftop bar is the ideal place to relax and watch the sun set over the city below. Breakfast is also served in a room with a terrace overlooking the famous river.
The restaurant is situated on the rooftop of the medieval tower and is “nestled elegantly between the 13th-century stone battlements,” as the hotel notes. During the summer, the restaurant switches to being al fresco on the lower of the two rooftop terraces, and in the cooler months it is set within a glassed-in winter garden which also has amazing views of the city.
The menu features the best seasonal and regional ingredients from Florence and the surrounding Tuscan countryside, as well as fish sourced fresh from the gulf of Follonica. Highlights include farm-reared Chanina beef and handpicked saffron from a nearby farm. And of course the wine list is a greatest hits of Tuscany’s famous vintages.
Before or after dinner, be it a Negroni or a Spritz, an experience not to be missed is a cocktail on one of the rooftop terraces. The hotel’s in-house mixologists are always eager to come up with a bespoke concoction to suit a guest’s tastes. They use exclusive local ingredients such as rose liqueur from the famous Officina Farmaceutica Profumo di Santa Maria Novella, a Florentine landmark for those in the know, or Rosolio delle Monache Benedettine, another local favorite that is impossible to find elsewhere. Cin cin!
But there’s another financial force who’s got Musk beat…for now. According to Forbes, Rihanna is Twitter’s most popular billionaire, with 106.9 million followers. Musk hit 100 million this morning, but his count is rising fast, having scored another 200,000 follows in just half a day.
Curiously, Musk’s 100 million-follower milestone comes after a week-long period of dormancy from the notoriously Twitter-fingered mogul. Expect him to fire back up any day now, perhaps after the Twitter acquisition is complete.
A distant third is Kim Kardashian with 72.7 million followers, who have recently been treated to promotions for her SKKN BY KIM skincare and SKIMS lingerie lines, as well as a shoutout to an LA juvenile center she visited as part of her ongoing prison reform efforts.
There’s another big drop off to Bill Gates at No. 4 with 59.6 million followers, who largely see the latest on his philanthropic work, followed by LeBron James at No. 5 with 51.6 million followers. The Los Angeles Laker superstar is actually the least wealthy influencer on this list, having just barely qualified with an estimated net worth of $1 billion even, becoming the first active NBA player to amass such a fortune.
See the top 10 most-followed billionaires on Twitter below:
Think of the best colognes for summer as a critical part of your style rotation, in much the same way you’d reach for one of the best colognes for fall and winter: Think breezy, light, refreshing and able to be worn on the daily alongside the season’s best style essentials.
Scents that evoke florals, citrus and ocean breezes are preferred, and each works nicely alongside the sort of pursuits you should be taking on this summer: Equal parts laidback and refined, with a coastal getaway or two thrown in for good measure. In the same way you’d switch out an Old Fashioned for an Aperol Spritz, consider the right cologne carefully, and shop our favorite seasonal picks accordingly.
Jo Malone London Grapefruit Cologne
Grapefruit is an intriguing summer scent, with zesty and refreshing notes aplenty, along with what MR. PORTER calls a woodsy Moss base. It’s an optimal change of pace for the warmer months. $136
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Celeste
Summer is as ideal a time as any to embrace the potential for a seaside getaway, but you can nod to those same scent notes even if you’re miles away from the water with this airy option that blends mimosa and jasmine, like a warm coastal breeze in a field of flowers. $235
John Varvatos XX Artisan Teal
A new release in time for the high heat of summer, what John Varvatos calls a “vibrant and aquatic scent” is also delivered in a fittingly nautical-inspired design sure to stand out handsomely on your dresser. Use it as the finishing touch in an easygoing-yet-refined ensemble. $75
All Saints Concrete Rain
All Saints steps into the world of fragrance with a unisex cologne designed to nod to sweet summer rain in a rather unique manner. It’s an intriguing change of pace if you’d prefer not to lean into floral or citrus scents. $79
Bold and striking, but nicely balanced, is the name of the game with this ultra-luxe cologne from Creed, which makes its way from pineapple to birch and ambergis notes for a refreshing seasonal touch. Starting at $335
Escentric Molecules Vetiver, Mexican Lime and Ginger
It’s tough to top the refreshment inherent in sipping on an ice-cold lager with lime as the thermostat climbs — replicate that experience in your scent rotation with this highly innovative blend from Escentric Molecules. $85
Czech and Speake No. 88
The Italian citrus roots of bergamot take the lead in this rich cologne, delivered in a visually appealing bottle and named in a nod to the first Czech and Speake showroom. $225
Tom Ford Eau de Parfum
Leave it to the legendary designer to deliver a fittingly luxe cologne featuring an almond and iris heart, like an intense and herbal. woodsy scent caught on the breeze during a summer stroll. $390