Insight + Marais USA

Summer is just around the corner, which means it's officially time to stock up on all those sizzling wardrobe must-haves, including that perfect bathing suit and go-anywhere pair of sandals! That said, we understand that tracking down such items might seem like a daunting task, but fortunately for you, dear readers, we know two amazing lines that make shopping for these warm-weather essentials a breeze. We're talking about the ridiculously cool skate and surf brand Insight and the fabulous footwear gurus of Marais USA. From Insight's ultra-flattering suits to Marais USA's achingly chic flats, we love everything these wonderful lines have to offer--especially their incredibly affordable prices! Accordingly, we couldn't be more pleased to bring them to your attention, so please enjoy our curated selects from their latest collections in today's Lines We Love!

Before we discuss all of our favourite products, we'd like to start off by getting you better acquainted with today's fabulous lines. First, we have Insight, which was launched in the mid '80s in Sydney, Australia as a small surfboard company. In 1997, Insight began producing a small range of t-shirts and hats as a way to promote the brand, and then quickly expanded into a full clothing line for men and women. Today, Insight is a lifestyle label, encompassing all that is surf, skate, street, art, music, fashion, and popular culture. Australian designer Laura May heads up the womenswear line and infuses the brand's surf/skate-inspired clothing and swimwear with her bohemian, cool-girl sensibilities. Now sold in over 40 countries, Insight also offers a denim line and nine different surfboard shapes, so there are plenty of year-round items for everyone to enjoy!

Accompanying Insight in today's summer-inspired edition of Lines We Love is Marais USA. Catherine Chen and Haley Boyd--who met while attending Parsons School of Design in New York--launched Marais USA in 2007 after noticing the fashion market was in serious need of cute shoes that didn't cost an arm and a leg. Inspired by the eccentric Le Marais district in Paris, Marais USA is dedicated to producing shoes that are simultaneously simple, versatile, and stylish. All that hard work has certainly paid off: the brand is now known for its collection of super affordable--most styles are under $100--and charming basic footwear. For spring, the designers created everything from playfully-patterned flats to chic wedges--it's no wonder we want to buy them all!


Romantics Suit ($66) in Ocean Rose
Though we generally go for two-piece bikinis, we're absolutely mad about this one-piece suit. Aside from its lovely purple and blue floral print and subtle ruching detail along the front, this maillot features a sexy, low back with criss-cross straps. It's a bit sultry and super flattering, in other words: the ultimate suit everyone can enjoy this season! We can't wait to break out this number at our next pool party...

Rattler Bandeau ($75, 310.450.5656) in Greyscale
If you're looking for a way to incorporate the season's snakeskin trend into your beach look, we recommend picking up the Rattler Bandeau immediately. With its of-the-moment snake-print design and strapless top, this chic suit will certainly turn heads this season. And with an excitingly low price tag to boot, we promise it's an essential purchase.

Gypsy Gold Bustier Bikini ($74)
Finding swimwear that is both attractive and works well with most body types can often be challenging, however, the masterminds at Insight have managed to create exactly that with their Gypsy Gold Bustier Bikini. We love that the bustier top has padded, underwire cups, ensuring you have plenty of support and coverage. Even better: the straps are removable, so you can opt for a halter-top style or a strapless silhouette--an ideal feature for sunbathing!

Marais USA

Gladiator Sandals ($115) in Olive
Gladiator sandals and sunny days go hand-in-hand, which is why we simply couldn't resist Marais USA's cool patent leather version. One of the things we like best about these strappy sandals is that they have a tiny wedge, so you get a tiny boost in height. Try them with a summery white frock for an afternoon BBQ or pair them with cuffed trousers for a casual weekend look. If this dark olive isn't your cup of tea, no worries, they also come in gold, black, and silver.

Slingback Flats ($85) in Leopard
When it comes to truly adorable shoes this season, these slingback flats certainly take the cake! The yellow leopard-print gives the classic silhouette a playful twist that's perfect for summer, plus they're incredibly comfortable, thanks to the low heel. Whether they're adding intrigue to a monochromatic ensemble or complementing a girly party dress, we can't wait to wear these shoes all summer long!

Cross-Strap Flats ($98) in White
When we first laid eyes on these charming two-tone flats, we immediately thought: so Parisian chic. The double-wrap strap at the ankle and patent leather cap-toe design set them apart from traditional ballet flats and makes them a wonderful alternative to a pair of pumps. Ideal for afternoon garden parties or dressing up a casual outfit, we guarantee these flats will get a lot of wear this season.--Jessica Baker