What’s Your Summer Style Archetype? – Amanda Chung

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What’s Your Summer Style Archetype?

Shopping for summer things while it’s actually summer can be a lot like navigating a fancy grocery store on an empty stomach: Without some direction, you’re likely to end up overwhelmed, spend money on things you don’t need (looking at you, vegan açai mousse), and wonder, when all is said and done, how you still can’t assemble a full meal—er, outfit. The solution? A solid sense of who you are—and what you truly need—so that you can resist temptation, pick up only what you’ll use, and sail through checkout.

THE TOASTMISTRESS

Your Vibe: Life of the party in a pretty dress.
The Palette: Prints and puff sleeves.
Style Mantra: Go big or go home.

You’re fun. You’re eclectic. You can usually be found entertaining in your backyard. Your idea of a casual get-together? Flowing rosé, five-piece place settings, and not one, not two, but three galettes you whipped up with stone fruit from the farmers’ market. Now that party season is in full swing, you feel like yourself again, free to wear all the florals and feminine frocks you please. As for swimwear, well, you’d rather be water-adjacent than wet—but you certainly know how to make a splash.

G. Label
Apple circle pavé drop earrings
goop, $1,450

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Cartier
Ring
Cartier, $13,200

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Kajer Weis
Blush and highlighter
goop, $40

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Beautycounter
Tinted moisturizer
goop, $45

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goop Beauty
lip balm
goop, $20

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goop Wellness
Double-Sided wand vibrator
goop, $95

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G. Label
Charlie Utility Minidress
goop, $525

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Kule
cardigan
goop, $248

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Ulla Johnson
Top
goop, $195

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Ulla Johnson
Pants
goop, $325

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La DoubleJ
dress
goop, $840

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Ancient Greek Sandals
Sandals
Matchesfashion, $310

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Loewe
Clutch
Loewe, $3,350

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Social Studies
Event Planning
Social Studies, prices vary

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La DoubleJ x Ladurée
Apron
goop, $95

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Mosser Glass
Goblets
goop, $40

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La DoubleJ
Tablecloth
goop, $260

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La DoubleJ x Ladurée
Dessert plates
goop, $340

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Mepra
place setting
goop, $180

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Avaline
rosé wine
Avaline, $24

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THE PREPSTER

Your Vibe: Upper East Sider who summers in Southampton.
The Palette: Polished basics and a pair of Clubmasters.
Style Mantra: Clean lines, classic shapes, can’t lose.

The title of your memoir? Collar by Her Name. Life philosophy? Stripe right. No dress code could possibly define you; you are, in a word, timeless. And while technically a city-dweller, come Friday, you can be found sipping spicy margs at the Surf Lodge or slurping down half a dozen at Duryea’s. Stylewise, you appreciate the ease of head-to-toe summer whites, and navy is your favorite neutral—but if the coral bikini in your cart is any indication, you aren’t afraid to dabble in color, either.

G. Label
yellow gold and pavé
split earrings

goop, $895

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G. Label
Sydney Floating-Diamond
Pinkie Ring

goop, $1,300

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Hermès
watch
Hermès, $3,000

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goop Beauty
GOOPGENES All-in-One Nourishing Eye Cream
goop, $55/$50 with subscription

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The Organic Pharmacy
SPF 50
goop, $69

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ILIA
lip mask
goop, $26

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goop Wellness
nerd alert
goop, $55 for 60/$30 for 30

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G. Label
Blau Button-Up Top
goop, $425

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Nili Lotan
shirt
goop, $295

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Alex Mill
shorts
goop, $115

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Matteau
Bikini top
Matchesfashion, $135

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Matteau
Bikini bottoms
Matchesfashion, $135

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General Sleep
the classic set
goop, $245

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Apiece Apart
culottes
goop, $295

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G. Label
Geiger Wide-Leg Jeans
goop, $295

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Loeffler Randall
slides
goop, $250

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Joseph
bag
goop, $745

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Business & Pleasure Co.
beach towel
goop, $69

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Moby’s New York
Montauk Pop-up

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Assouline
hamptons private
Assouline, $95

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Business & Pleasure Co.
chair
goop, $249

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Maison Louis Marie
Candle
goop, $34

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Linus
electric Bike
goop, $2,916

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THE RETROPHILE

Your Vibe: Free-spirited water sign who wishes Woodstock were an annual event.
The Palette: Anything flared, fun, or flowy.
Style Mantra: Live in the moment; borrow from the past.

You’re in tune with your dosha, you have your crystal guy on speed dial, and you grow all your leafy greens in hydroponic pods (the rest of your produce comes from a weekly CSA delivery). Joni Mitchell is your jam, and your most-pinned style icons—Ali MacGraw, Jane Birkin, Stevie Nicks—all hail from the same era, meaning you gravitate toward billowy sets, sleek maillots, and diaphanous kaftans perfect for pool, beach, getting out of town—wherever your intuition takes you. With a mix of modern and vintage pieces, you set the bar for style wherever you go.

Olio E Osso
tinted balm
goop, $28

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KORA Organics
Mineral mist
goop, $40

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Grown Alchemist
Sunscreen
goop, $39

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Rahua
Sea Spray
goop, $32

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Cuzen Matcha
Matcha kit
goop, $370

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Wylde One
yoga in a cup
goop, $35

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G. Label
Hill Ribbed Puff-Sleeve Cardigan
goop, $595

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Eres
Swimsuit
Matchesfashion, $510

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Lee Mathews
shirt
goop, $370

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Lee Mathews
pants
goop, $460

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Suzie Kondi
Top
goop, $195

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Suzie Kondi
Pants
goop, $225

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Lee Mathews
Maxidress
goop, $740

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Loewe
bag
Loewe, $3,500

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Toko!
Produce bag
goop, $25

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Saint Laurent
Sandals
Net-a-Porter, $795

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The Colony Palms
hotel and bungalow

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Business & Pleasure Co.
Umbrella
goop, $299

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Baina
Hand towel
goop, $45

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Baina
Towel
goop, $80

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Gardyn
Gardyn Home kit
Gardyn, $799

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THE MINIMALIST

Your Vibe: Simple, approachable, and understatedly chic.
The Palette: Elevated essentials in (mostly) neutral tones.
Style Mantra: WWCBD? (What would Carolyn Bessette do?)

Streamlining is your strong suit. You believe that doing less is a way of life. You were decluttering long before “Kondoing” became a verb, and it shows: Your wardrobe is a tight edit of cool-girl basics you mix, match, and swap out with the seasons (save for the poppy sundress you keep for summer weddings). Come to think of it, you don’t overdo it in any category—be it beauty or home—opting for low-maintenance routines and wooden accessories to warm up your face and space, respectively. Because as you love to remind everyone: Simplicity is key.

Lizzie Mandler
Earrings
goop, $824

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G. Label
Deven link necklace
goop, $2,500

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G. Label
Fiene Yellow Gold
and pavé ear cuff

goop, $650

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Rahua
Hair Balm
goop, $30

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Furtuna Skin
transformation set
goop, $398

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Unsun
Tinted sunscreen
goop, $29

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Kosas
Lip balm
goop, $18

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LivOn Labs
vitamin c
goop, $47

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Toteme
tank top
goop, $120

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G. Label
Kerith Thin-Strap Camisole
goop, $275

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G. Label
Vaught Sweatshorts
goop, $195

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Jil Sander
Swimsuit
Matchesfashion, $252

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Ciao Lucia
skirt
goop, $295

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G. Label
Maas Slip Dress
goop, $525

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Proenza Schouler
Dress
goop, $425

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Mojave Desert Skin Shield
Spa

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Connected Goods
Spoon Set
goop, $37

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Stinson Studios
Bowl
goop, $190

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tala
lamp
tala, $110

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Hurom
juicer
goop, $459

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Maison Louis Marie
Candle
goop, $34

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DeMellier
Bag
goop, $370

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Amanu
Sandals
goop, $325

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