One nonnegotiable in our beach bags this season? A can’t-put-it-down book to dive into between ocean dips. Check out Team Madewell’s picks and get some inspiration for your own seaside reading list.
In Defense of the High-Rise Boyjean
an essay by Meredith Chamberlain
I’m loyal to a high waist. The right pair has the power to make me stand up straight, hold myself more confidently. It’s something about the core, the gut, an intuition thing. As a woman, they work in my favor, serve as a reminder of my inner strength. I zip up, button, and my instincts kick in.
You can talk about music all you want, but at a certain point, you just want to hear it. On that note, literally, we asked our in-house music expert Lindsey to recommend something we should be listening to right now—in one sentence or less.
We’re all about passionate women who are making it happen. Like Linda Bui—cosmetic-supply-chain guru slash ceramist slash master of plants—who is doing just that. We spent a day with her (and her pup, Quincy) in Williamsburg as she tried on some of our favorite summer dresses and talked creative inspiration, true-crime podcasts and otherworldly flowers, among other things.
It’s no secret—we’re beach people. So naturally we teamed up with the Surfrider Foundation this summer, wanting to learn more about the important work they do to protect and preserve our oceans. Fellow beach person and Surfrider team member Staley Prom chatted with us about showing our coastlines more love.
This week: why its okay to not travel light, screen savers from the early aughts are haunting us, good news for daydreamers and more.
In Defense of Wearing Soft Clothes, 7 Days a Week
an essay by Olivia Villanti
While growing up in my vaguely hippie hometown of Rhinebeck, New York, the dressed-up shoe of choice was a Dansko clog. Heels were reserved for proms, and even then only the most girly of girly girls would wear them. This may be why, at all stages of my life, I’ve been drawn to “soft clothes.”
Magazine spreads of ’90s supermodels, French New Wave movies you’ve watched a million times—vintage looks are always helpful for current wardrobe inspiration. Lately we’ve been looking to a less likely style icon: dads. In the ’80s. Yep, you read that right. Just hear us out.
As promised, we’re back with more travel-savvy advice and envy-inducing photos from a few of our friends who recently stayed at the new Hotel San Cristóbal in Todos Santos, Mexico. Discover the dos (and some don’ts) they swear by, scratch that let’s-get-out-of-here itch and find out how you can score a beach vacay of your own.