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Save Steal Splurge: the Polka Dot Bikini

There’s no denying the appeal of something a little retro. Not only is it a way to stand out from the string bikinis and barely-there bandeaus that come out every summer, but they’re also totally in, no matter what the prevailing trends may be. And just like the song goes, nothing’s as eye-catching as a polka-dot bikini. We’ve got a few of our favorites here, whether you’ve got a lot to spend or want to save for that beach getaway.

Save: Boohoo Maui Bright Polka Dot Ruffle Bikini ($30)

Steal: Topshop Polka Dot Bandeau Bikini Set ($65)

Splurge: Modcloth Beach Blanket Bingo Two-Piece ($90)

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Monday Muse: Clover Canyon Takes to Cape Town for Pre-Fall

Clover Canyon Pre-Fall 2015

Clover Canyon’s Rozae Nichols has a knack for distilling what’s new and now in fashion down to what real girls want to wear. No, it might not be the blogger bait and look-at-me, in-your-face fashion that catches Tommy Ton’s lens, but her collections for L.A.-based Clover Canyon give real girls what they’ll actually wear infused with the added flair that only Nichols and her signature prints can do. For Pre-Fall, Nichols took a quick detour to South Africa and showed that she’s right on the pulse of what’s happening without veering too far from what made her brand one of the most recognizable in the fashion world.

Neoprene? Nichols has been toying with it for a few seasons now — along with a bevy of other designers — and it made an appearance again with a laser-cut jacket that caught the attention of editors thanks to its sharp shape as well as its floral motifs. Nichols took inspiration from South Africa’s Ndebele villages and printed them right onto maxi silhouettes and flowing, easy t-shirt dresses along with graphic flora and fauna.

Clover Canyon Pre-Fall 2015

Clover Canyon is built on eye-catching digital prints, and there were plenty of them here, but Nichols is also adding more and more solids to her repertoire and Clover Canyon is stronger for it.

Midi skirts, relaxed pants and even a hoodie were all great building blocks for the layered patterns she presented.

Prints weren’t simply 2D renderings. There were plenty of relief prints inspired by body art and the graphic designs on the homes of the Ndebele people on scuba jackets and oversized sweatshirts. Those motifs even showed up on shoes. Extra dimension was also present in huge pompom embellishment on t-shirts. Linen also made an appearance — something new for the line — and it was a welcome addition for the Clover girls who might actually take these clothes to the road. But fantasy is just as powerful as reality, especially in fashion, and there are plenty of girls who will take these clothes and add their own adventures.