The 29 Best Cheap Bikinis That Look Anything But


If you’ve been daydreaming about summer beach days and lying outside with your friends quite a lot lately, then this story is for you. Oddly enough, swimwear can come with a pretty high price tag, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. If you look really hard, you can find hidden gems that, although they won’t cost you more than $100 (yes, for both pieces), will look like you paid much more than that. 

When it comes to finding cheap swimwear that looks expensive, there are a few things that you should be mindful of: prints, seams, and straps. So long as those few details are examined with a fine-tooth comb, you’ll be fooling everyone as you wear a $20 bikini that looks like it cost $200. 

Ahead, go on to shop the best cheap bikinis on the market from some of your go-to retailers such as Amazon, H&M, and Zara.



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The 10 Best Balenciaga Bags of All Time


When you think of truly iconic bags, the brands that are likely to come to mind first are ones like Chanel, Hermès, and Gucci. Typically, Cristóbal Balenciaga’s namesake fashion house isn’t at the top of the list. But while the classic handbag brands are certainly among our favorites, it’s Balenciaga that’s responsible for most of this year’s buzziest accessories, from the Y2K-favorite Le Cagole to Kim Kardashian’s go-to Hourglass. 

To celebrate Balenciaga’s subtle dominance in the bag department, I called on luxury-resale site Rebag to help me take a few of the brand’s best styles, from former creative director Nicolas Ghesquière’s City bag to Demna Gvasalia’s Hourglass, out for a spin IRL. See what Balenciaga’s top bags look like in the wild and shop the brand’s standout styles below. 



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“The Opportunity Now Is Bigger Than Ever”: At Home With Designer John Elliott


Despite the once-in-a-lifetime economic uncertainty—and dismal retail forecast—brought on by the coronavirus, John Elliott is feeling hopeful. Excited, even. Perhaps it’s that the designer is quarantining in sunny Los Angeles with his wife and newborn daughter, or that Elliott is known, in part, for his cozy sweats, the one product category that’s boomed as folks hunker down to work from home. But beyond that, Elliott has a sneaking suspicion that this disruptive moment may actually be the crossroads the fashion world didn’t know it needed—an occasion to jolt itself out from a much-ballyhooed rut. The designer and business owner believes that this moment could ultimately be a positive one for the fashion industry, a time for consumers to reassess what they want from their clothing purchases and for brands to reconsider what they stand for.

“I think people are gonna emerge from this having a deeper knowledge of what their interests really are,” the L.A.-based designer said last week. “When you have that, you’re gonna have less sheep, you’re gonna have less people who are glued to pop and celebrity culture. It pushes brands to focus more on creating a product that matters, and that’s been something we’ve always tried to do.”

We spoke to Elliott about what his life looks like in this topsy-turvy moment (equal parts running and researching Miuccia Prada), how it’s made him rethink the way he operates, and what changes he thinks we can expect from his brand and the fashion industry as a whole.

First of all: What’s your quarantine life like?
I’m at home in Los Angeles, and I’m lucky to be spending time with my five-month-old daughter, Reece, and my wife, Rochelle. I’m also spending time, honestly, running our business, which is still as busy as it was pre-quarantine. When I have downtime, I’ve been into researching and investigating the life of Miuccia Prada—her art collection, who she is as a person, her personality quirks and taste level. She’s one of the foremost legends in our industry. Really, a fascinating person.

I’m also trying to take day trips. This past Saturday we took a hike outside of Oxnard that was a nice respite from quarantine. I still run every day, although not as far as I’d like. I’d love to tell GQ I’m running five miles a day, but in reality it’s probably three and a half. There’s a little loop I do. At this point it’s been eight weeks of this, and I’ve got a routine.

How are you feeling these days?
I feel like the opportunity now is bigger than ever, especially for a brand like ours, and I’m very optimistic about the future. I think this is actually going to instill values in our society that are similar to the values my grandmother held, who lived through the Great Depression. Seeking out quality. Really buying into something that represents your personality. I think right now is a time where people will have a heightened sense of self-discovery.



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How Face Masks Went From Necessity to Personal Style Item Overnight


On a Saturday night in April, Trevor George saw a photo, taken in the early days of the pandemic that showed a scene he figured could absolutely not persist. “Every single person had a blue three-ply disposable mask on,” says George. The image astounded him—and gave him an idea. “My wife and I looked at each other and we said, ‘There’s no way that’s going to happen in America. We knew that [Americans] were going to wear masks, but we didn’t think they were all gonna wear the exact same thing because that’s who we are. We’re very individualistic. We like to show our personality.” So he called a manufacturer that night who said they could make masks; later that week, George launched MaskClub with a sprawling inventory.

People bought Batman masks and Hello Kitty masks and tie-dye masks and masks made in collaboration with furniture textile maker Scalamandré. But most of all they bought masks with the American flag on them. They bought so many that George’s manufacturer was running three eight-hour shifts, back-to-back-to-back, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Even that wasn’t enough—people bought so many that MaskClub stopped taking orders, in order to catch up with demand.

In just a couple of months, the face mask has undergone decades worth of change—the same sort of transformation that saw the T-shirt go from part of the Navy uniform to widespread civilian adoption—over the span of just a few months. First, experts told us we didn’t need them. Then the CDC recommended everyone wear one. And now they’ve reached a third, more beguiling stage: our masks represent our identities, political, stylistic, or otherwise. The face mask’s transformation from medical essential to style accessory is, like George’s, a deeply American story: one about our self-conceived rugged individualism, and about the entrepreneurial makers who exist to grind any situation, no matter how negative, into a positive.

A Tie Dye Blue face mask from MaskClubCourtesy of MaskClub



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The Best Celebrity Watches from Self-Isolation


It’s going to take more than a shelter-in-place order to keep watch obsessives away from their wristwear. In March, a RolexForum user asked the group if they were still wearing their watches in quarantine. The answers spilled in: “Of course.” “Absolutely.” “Yup, everyday.” And: “Why wouldn’t you want to wear it at home?” Celebrities, too, won’t let self-isolation get in the way of showing off their best timepieces. There are still ‘fit pics, IGTV episodes, and even snapshots from workouts to flex for. For Drake, a family photoshoot was reason enough to bring out not one but two Patek Philippe watches, either of which would be the crown jewel in anyone else’s collection. In this edition of Watches of the Week, we run through the best watches we’ve clocked since the world hit the pause button in March.

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Drake’s Patek Philippe 40th-anniversary edition Nautilus

You know the Nautilus: it’s the unexpected grail watch that leads ordinary collectors suck up to boutiques and wait years to get their hands on. In other words: extraordinary. Well, even extraordinary doesn’t quite cut it for Drake. He already owns a Nautilus customized by designer Virgil Abloh. And the one featured in this photo is a limited-edition version of the already scarce piece: only 1,300 pieces of this 40th-anniversary model were released in 2016. The watch is embossed with a series of numbers (1976-40-2016) commemorating the anniversary, and ten diamonds stand in for hour markers.

Courtesy of Drake’s Instagram

But because Drake is nothing if not a show-off (see: his jet, his palace), one killer watch wasn’t enough for his family portraits. In another photo with his son Adonis, he wears a Patek Philippe reference 5271P—a watch with a gorgeous black dial and a bezel set with 58 baguette diamonds. There’s only one explanation for why Drake unleashed two watches at once: he wasn’t hiding his watches from the world, he was hiding the world from his watches.

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John Mayer’s G-Shock GWG-1000-1A Mudmaster

A roughly $470 G-Shock watch feels like an odd choice for John Mayer, who is best known for collecting unique Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Audemars Piguet watches. But ever since Mayer outed himself as a serious watch collector in the early part of last decade, he’s been sure to clearly define his taste to include all watches. “I love Patek Philippe perpetual calendars only marginally more than I dig the Casio Frogman G-Shock—but for different reasons—and if you’re wearing either, chances are I’ll sidle over to you and start a conversation about it,” he wrote for Hodinkee in 2012.

The G-Shock Mayer worn during a recent episode of “Current Mood” is a release from 2015 designed to withstand mud, hardscrabble environments, and intense vibrations. It’s a watch that looks like it could rough it through anything—a sign of battle-readiness from Mayer during trying times.

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Steve Carell’s Omega Speedmaster in Space Force

Most people watching the trailer for Space Force, the new workplace comedy starring Steve Carell, probably saw the makings of a hopefully funny new show that will help kill a few hours in quarantine. Watch obsessives saw something else: an Omega Speedmaster. Kudos to whoever put together the costumes for Space Force, because the show nailed at least this detail. Since the ‘60s, NASA has issued Omega Speedmasters to all its astronauts. The watch’s super-accurate chronograph function has saved real-life missions, but Carell looks like he’s going to need more than a stopwatch to get him out of this one.

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21 Savage’s Patek Philippe Aquanaut

Long live the fit pic. Cartier glasses, a tie-dye Palm Angels hoodie, and a navy blue Aquanaut—21 looks like he could be an apprentice in an Uncut Gems sequel called 2 Uncut 2 Gems. If you’re going to wear a $40,000 watch with a sweatsuit while self-isolating, the Aquanaut is really the only choice. The rubber-strapped model is the most casual in Patek Philippe’s line—think of it as the Nautilus’s sporty younger brother.

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Jimmy O. Yang’s Rolex GMT-Master

Last week, we featured a list of pieces selected by watch dealer and expert Eric Wind. He shared a story about helping the director of Crazy Rich Asians find a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona for a scene in the movie. Wind’s connection to the movie goes deeper, though. After filming, the author of the book connected Wind and Jimmy O. Yang, one of the film’s supporting players. Wind wrote that Yang was looking for a Rolex GMT-Master, a watch that would help the comedian keep track of multiple time zones as he trekked across the country on a book tour. Hodinkee first spotted the watch on Yang’s wrist during his new comedy special Good Deal.





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Tyler, the Creator Remains a Uniform-Dressing Legend


Welcome to the Biggest Fits of the Week, a roundup of the strongest, wildest, and simply biggest celebrity fits from across the globe.

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Tyler, the Creator

At this point, you know what you’re getting from Tyler: short pants, white socks, dress shoes, and some killer accessories. His BET Hip Hop Awards fit the bill, and added a creamsicle-colored fur hat and a matching silky shirt to boot. When you know what works perfectly for you, why would you do anything else?

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George Clooney and Ben Affleck

Get a load of these handsome fellas!

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Maluma

For when you can’t decide between windowpane and pinstripe.



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Daniel Craig Introduces Us to Baby Blue Bond


Welcome to the Biggest Fits of the Week, a roundup of the strongest, wildest, and simply biggest celebrity fits from across the globe.

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Daniel Craig

You don’t often see James Bond in a baby-blue DB. But…shouldn’t you? You should. Craig has been out promoting No Time to Die, and made time to pick up his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame—and did so in an absolutely peachy blue double-breasted suit. 

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Charles Melton

Positively epic denim.

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Jay-Z

Jay’s got plenty of black-tie experience, so it’s not a huge surprise to see him crushing the assignment. (Points for the XL bowtie.)



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Rejoice! It’s Timothée Chalamet-in-a-Suit Season


Welcome to the Biggest Fits of the Week, a roundup of the strongest, wildest, and simply biggest celebrity fits from across the globe.

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Timothée Chalamet

Welcome to Chalamet-in-a-Suit season. It doesn’t come every year—typically only when he’s promoting a movie—but as when a once-in-a-while comet streaks across the sky, you’re gonna want to make sure you’re paying attention. Few celebrities are quite so willing to have fun with their tailoring—to just try some weird stuff and see how it goes. We’re still a few days out from the release of Dune, so here’s hoping these aren’t the last wild suits we see.

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Regé-Jean Page

Hang on—we’ve heard they might be looking for a new James Bond…

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Oscar Isaac

Super sturdy, extra-trusty black.



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Wes Anderson Remains the Undefeated King of the Corduroy Suit


Welcome to the Biggest Fits of the Week, a roundup of the strongest, wildest, and simply biggest celebrity fits from across the globe.

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Wes Anderson

Friday brought the release of Anderson’s long-delayed The French Dispatch. Being a Wes Anderson film, TFD is almost unthinkingly stylish: the clothes aren’t the point,  but every character dresses pretty much exactly the way you’d want to, from Timothée Chalamet’s green student revolutionary to Jeffrey Wright’s funky ’70s food writer. Of course, no one does it quite as well as the maestro himself. Wes has settled into an easy uniform of mellow corduroy suits, and no one does it better.

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William Jackson Harper

Second-best thing after corduroy (or maybe just as good, depending on your mood): velvet, which is basically corduroy without the ridges.



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