For many of us, this is the first summer since 2019 that sunny seaside getaways are back in the calendar – and the first opportunity to get back into resortwear. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling especially excited to pull on a swimsuit and spend some time soaking up the sun, sea and sand. So, to celebrate this moment, we wanted to dedicate this issue to helping you find your perfect swim look. Whatever your style, shape and holiday destination, consider this the ultimate guide to getting dressed (or rather undressed) for the beach.
Open any fashion editor’s suitcase and you’re bound to find a piece of JADE Swim. The US label excels in minimal swimsuits with a perfect cut that look just as on point in the pool as they do layered under a sheer dress for dinner. We’re big fans of the brand’s pared-back aesthetic and are delighted to have founder Brittany Kozerski as our cover star. As a former fashion editor and stylist, not only does Brittany know how to design a great swimsuit, her personal summer style is also spot on. Read our exclusive interview with her on page 2.
One of the questions we get asked the most at this time of year is: where can I find a chic cover-up? Light pool layers have come a long way in recent seasons, and now’s there far more to choose from than a gift-shop sarong (although these have also upped their style credentials). We’ve highlighted the six versatile styles that will take you to the beach and beyond. From airy wide-leg trousers to clean-cut tunics, there’s something for everyone.
Whenever I pack for a beach holiday, I think about what style mood I want to channel: la-dolce-vita retro? ’90s minimal? Cali cool? Choosing a beach persona is half the fun, so for our swimwear guide, starting on page 4, we wanted to focus not only on the swimsuits, but also on the pieces to add to them to achieve an entire look. Select your favourite based on five key resortwear themes, then shop the wardrobe, as beautifully curated by our new senior contributing fashion editor, Des Lewis.
Of course, finding your perfect swimsuit is a must and one of our go-tos is our Future ICON, Cossie+Co. We’ve been working with the UK-based label since it launched in 2018, and this summer I’m very proud to introduce you to two exclusive styles: The Nikki one-piece and The Jessica bikini top and Elle briefs. Find out more in our Spotlight On feature on page 9.
Is your summer beauty kit in need of a refresh? If so, I suggest you take a moment to discover Liberty’s new Beauty Drop. I’m really impressed with the innovative subscription service which gives you access to the iconic retailer’s unparalleled beauty edit, as well as exclusive offers and expert advice. We’ve had a sneak preview of the summer Discovery Box (free when you sign up) and have already earmarked some future cult favourites. Get the lowdown in our ICONS Guide on page 11 and click to watch Petro’s unboxing IGTV.
After a long day on the beach, some skin TLC is required. For our second beauty feature, Petro and I handpick the summer body oils that we rely on to nourish, revitalise, smooth and soothe. Trust me, you won’t want to go on holiday without them.
Finally, turn to page 12 enter our competition with Mondo Corsini, to be in with a chance of winning an outfit and bag of your choice for yourself and a friend. If I could enter, I would!
Good luck and happy reading!
Laura (& Petro) xxx