You know that extra fun feeling when you buy something new, and not only does it fit perfectly and make you feel like the best current version of yourself, but it also jibes with the rest of your wardrobe and provides you with newfound outfit inspiration where previously there was but a dried-up well of fatigued question marks??????? It’s truly the best.
Ooh actually, you know what’s even better? When you buy something online on a total whim because it spoke to your gut, maybe even something on final sale just to raise the stakes a little, and it comes and it’s FANTASTIC? And it’s all you want to wear over and over and over again for months? That’s the best.
I was a recent recipient of the above euphoria when I ordered a pair of fluorescent-pink Apiece Apart pants from the Moda Operandi sale. I don’t wear a lot of clothing in the pink/red family, because I have pinkish/reddish skin and prefer to counteract it with cool tones, so these pants were definitely out of my sartorial comfort zone. Something about them called to me, though. They reminded me of the pink highlighter pens I annotated all my textbooks with in middle school. My brain got a happy buzz just eyeing them on my computer screen. They looked so cheerful! Before I knew it, a UPS tracking number was in my inbox.
After trying them on and gleefully confirming that I had ordered the correct size, my love affair was free to unfold accordingly. As of writing this, I am practically a one-woman worship cult. I can’t get enough of these weird pink pants. I’ve already lost track of how many times I’ve worn them.
Because I’m always curious what other people are newly obsessed with wearing, I polled seven other members of team Man Repeller about their favorite summer 2017 purchase. Keep scrolling for our current wardrobe heroes (with shopping links so you can jump on board, naturally).
Best summer 2017 fashion purchase: Apiece Apart Pants
Why they’re so great: In addition to the reasons I delineated above, they are literally the only high-waist pants I’ve ever worn that aren’t uncomfortable when I sit down, which in my opinion is nothing short of a miracle.
Where I’m wearing them next: Hopefully out to dinner with my boyfriend because there’s a 99% chance he will make an entertaining comment about them.
Best summer 2017 fashion purchase: Hunza G Tracey Yellow White Frill Bikini
Why it’s so great: It’s sunny and puts me in an instant good mood — basically beach lemonade for your body, minus the pee-in-the-ocean connotation that tends to come up for me from the words “beach lemonade.”
Where she’s wearing it next: The beach or the pool or under anything sheer that needs to be made street-legal.
Best summer 2017 fashion purchase: BDG white linen dungarees
Why they’re so great: They are so light and flowy it feels like I’m wearing nothing at all, which is the ultimate goal when it’s hot and sticky out. I often wear them with a sports bra underneath for maximum comfort.
Where she’s wearing it next: To a BBQ, to the grocery store, to work — pretty much all occasions.
Best summer 2017 fashion purchase: Maison Cleo tie top
Why it’s so great: The sleeves are so large and the neckline is incredibly flattering, which means the resulting proportions accomplish something all good Man Repeller clothes do: make you feel like the best version of yourself, often to the chagrin of those uninitiated.
Where she’s wearing it next: Probably out to dinner in the Hamptons on Saturday night, exactly how I’m wearing it now (with drop-crotch pants + lace up sandals).
Best summer 2017 fashion purchase: Eytys Mother Canvas Sneakers
Why they’re so great: These sneakers kind of snuck up on me. I didn’t wear them much at first, but once I started wearing them with vintage Levi’s and ankle socks, I suddenly never wanted to wear any other shoes. They’re a real dark horse of a summer fave, because a) everyone’s been wearing white sneakers for years now so who cares and b) most people are opting for sandals right now, but the heart wants what it wants, per Selena Gomez. They look good with shorts, dresses, all kind of pants. Everything. Screw a sandal!
Where she’s wearing it next: Considering I’ve been wearing them every day, the answer is work. But there’s pretty much nowhere I wouldn’t wear them.
Best summer 2017 fashion purchase: Dodo Bar Or embellished wrap skirt
Why it’s so great: It’s super easy to wear and is somewhat adjustable, so as the day goes on and delicious meals are consumed, you can adjust!
Where she’s wearing it next: Beach, tacos + margaritas, taking my dog for a walk, doing gymnastics (just kidding). Better yet, let me know if you have any cool summer plans and I’ll come with you and wear it!
Best summer 2017 fashion purchase: Gold-and-red leather hand earrings by BenuMade
Why they’re so great: They appear to be gold from afar, but a closer gander reveals that they’re actually genuiiine leather. And the designer Pauline hand-crafts them in Prague! I went a little crazy and bought her Matisse earrings too, for good measure.
Where she’s wearing it next: A sock-puppet show.
Best summer 2017 fashion purchase: Levi’s denim vest
Why it’s so great: It’s comfortable, functional (so many pockets) and instantly makes any warm-weather clothing combinations look more put-together without adding a sweat-inducing layer.
Where he’s wearing it next: I would say my next date but I don’t know if there’s room for a third in this (the vest’s and my) summer romance, so like, maybe brunch next weekend?