The best thing about feeling that first nip in the air in September? The giddy realization that sweater season—and all the other heady joys of fall fashion—are right around the corner. But let's face it: Deciphering which new fashion trends are actually worthy of an investment can be tricky. Just because something is blowing up your Instagram feed—or you've seen the exact same item in five different fashion magazines—doesn't mean it belongs in your closet.
There are few things more horrifying to many woman than shopping for a new swimsuit. The fluorescent lighting, the rear view dimples, the realization that, yes, you ate your way through winter and most of early spring. Of course, I realize I'm not speaking for everyone (in fact, if you are one of those SAHMs who practices daily double workouts you can skip right ahead; all of these suits will look great on you). For
A maxi dress might just be the perfect piece of summer clothing. Not only does it keep you cool and comfortable, it also allows you to get dressed—and out the door—in less than five minutes without looking like a sack of groceries. The best part? With the addition of a leather jacket and over-the-knee boots, this closet workhouse can easily transition into fall. SHOP THE LOOK Figue Maya cold-shoulder printed cotton-blend gauze dress, $595, netaporter.com Riviera
You don’t need to look like you just wrestled with an American flag to turn heads on the Fourth of July. In fact, the best outfits give just a nod to patriotism while really being about what works for you: your figure, your party, your comfort. So skip the star spangled bikini in favor of something slightly more subtle: a curve-skimming navy and white tunic, perhaps, or a pair of roomy white shorts paired with