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I Need Everyone to Pause and Admire the New COS Summer Collection

Swim! Shoes! Accessories!

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I’ve always been a fan of COS. It’s a reliable place to drop by when you need to pick up the essentials (trousers, skirts, work- and weekend-appropriate tops). It hits the simple, streamlined aesthetic of somewhere like Theory for half the price, or Uniqlo for double the quality. All that said, COS really outdid itself with its latest summer drop.

The Swedish retailer released new swim pieces along with its new summer accessory collection earlier this week, and it’s all even better than the brand’s stuff normally is. Without stepping outside of the minimalist style you’d expect, the bright colors, cuts, and materials will give all the straw bags and crocheted bathing suits a run for their money this summer. Oh, and it’s all really reasonably priced, too.

There are a bunch of options on the swim front, with tons of mix-and-match bikini tops (including halter, high-neck, straight-across, and plunging neckline styles) and bottoms starting at $25, along with a handful of one-piece suits starting at $34. Whether it’s a geometric pattern, a frill, or gathered stitching, every piece has some special, albeit simple, detail.

The shoes and bags are arguably the best part, though. There’s this really great mini double-strap shoulder bag ($99), and two fun takes on the mesh and net bag trends — an XL-sized shopper style ($49) and a collapsible market option that’s now on sale for $20.

For shoes, the star of the show is this pair of funky leather block pumps ($190) with a cream-colored body and bright red heel. If flats are more your thing, try saying no to these gorgeous slip-on knotted sandals ($125), or these folded leather slippers ($150). (You can’t, can you?)

Some sizes of the more popular styles are already completely sold out, so making moves sooner than later is highly suggested. You can shop in store or online at