Southern California native Red Carter spent much of his youth swimming and playing in the water, so it's no surprise that he grew up to become a swimwear designer. In 2004, Carter launched his eponymous label after working at Esprit, Guess, and Oscar de la Renta and moving from California to Miami. Drawing inspiration from the Art Deco architecture and creative energy of his adopted hometown, Red Carter designs swimsuits that marry fit, form, and function with subtle details, bold prints, and advanced technical construction. Bathing suits like the slashed one-piece - an edgy black number with strategically placed slashes running down the front - and its cousin, the Mio cut-out halter swimsuit, exude sex appeal but won't leave you feeling under-dressed at the beach.
The Ultimate Dress Shop: The MaxiIs there anything more effortless than a maxi to help ease your wardrobe into summer? It's one-piece dressing at its finest, and since the go-to staple is as comfortable as it is cute, there's practically nowhere under the sun you can't wear it. Hit the beach with natural-material accessories and comfortable flat sandals, then toss a layering piece on top to make it city-ready in an instant. Snag more of my style tips to maximize your maxi, then scoop up a versatile version of your own in the sale below—consider it your warm-weather uniform.
—TRACEY LOMRANTZ LESTER, Editorial Director