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With warm weather approaching and beach getaways creeping up on the calendar, some of us are experiencing anxiety. The itty bitty string bikini isn’t for everyone or every occasion—and finding a flattering swimsuit with style isn’t as easy as it sounds. So when we came across Beth Richards recently, we found ourselves excited about swimwear in a whole new way.

The Beth Richards Spring/Summer 2013 collection puts a modern twist on classic and vintage silhouettes, where iconic patterns like florals or exaggerated crosses entertain monochromatic palettes. Versions of high wasted two-pieces are ideal for flattering curves, and come with easy post-water options in crop-topped cover-ups. Richards has a way of expressing a cohesive vision for the female form, allowing the contemporary woman a chance to frolic in the sun with a generous reserve of elegance. We can imagine a Bardot or a Hepburn rocking one of these in Antibes. Bonus: Her one-piece swimsuits, made-in-Canada, double as sleek bodysuits.

Visit Beth Richards online for a list of stockists.

Warm weather is finally here and we're hoping to make some upgrades in our beach bag this year. Noticing that Need was stocking a Pendleton Oversized Jacquard Towel suitable for the beach, we knew we'd found a little something extra to help us approach 2013 summer in style. It's cotton velour, sheared on one side, looped on the other, and comes in a Native American-inspired pattern for which Pendleton is known. Digging a bit further, we found Hank's Clothing stocking the large Pendleton Beach Towels in 13 styles. We don't want to roll up to the shore in the exact same pattern now, do we?

Made in Oregon carries a range as well.



In recent years, Penfield has become one of our go-to brands for outdoorsy outerwear such as down coats and 60/40 jackets. The label has built on the classics from its heritage as a New England camping and adventure outfitter and given them details and contemporary twists that make them a good fit for the style and budget-minded young man or woman. That said, its Spring 2013 lookbook has our heads spinning. It trends sportier—these threads seem to call for activity, more than carefree leisure. It features more contemporary detailing and style: just look at the patterns, the color choices, the camouflage, the flower-patterned pocket tee. Penfield seems to be taking more chances this season—question is, is it taking us along with it? 

Browse Penfield's SS13 collection online.