Our Insider's Picks stories are always staff favorites, but today's installment was a particular delight to put together. In honor of spring and in preparation for some impending beach days, we turned to a woman who knows exactly what you need to have on hand as the temperature rises¬--Behati Prinsloo. As a catwalk veteran and spokesmodel for Victoria's Secret PINK, Prinsloo not only travels the world for work, but she also gets incredible access to fashion firsthand, making her an interesting source for sure. Plus, since her career requires her to work on location in gorgeously tropical places, we figured she'd be a pro at picking the best warm-weather necessities! Needless to say, this Namibian native didn't disappoint; she rounded up an excellent assortment of pieces that share her grounded charm, including a darling bikini from her first capsule collection! Read on for all of Prinsloo's favorites and enjoy our first model-centric Insider's Picks!
Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses($145) in Tortoise
When it comes to sunglasses, our laid-back insider sticks to a longtime favorite frame: Ray-Ban's Wayfarer. It's an iconic eyewear choice¬--even in red, but especially in timeless tortoiseshell¬--one that perfectly illustrates Prinsloo's inherently approachable style!
Chaser Nirvana Reading T-Shirt ($38)
Prinsloo's most vital wardrobe staple? One of the many vintage rock t-shirts overflowing her closet, of course! Off-duty, the catwalk stunner lives in these comfy concert tees and wouldn't have it any other way. Though she has amassed an interesting collection of one-of-a-kind pieces, she also likes the vintage vibe of this wonderfully worn-in Chaser t-shirt. It's an ideal item to wear with your favorite cut-offs for the beach, or style it with a pair of black leather shorts or a miniskirt for a tough/tender mix. (On a side note: the t-shirt will be available early next week, check back for more details!)
Piz Buin In Sun Lotion SPF 30 ($23)
Sun-savvy readers will recognize Prinsloo's suncare essential, but everyone should pay attention to her pick. Though the brand isn't distributed Stateside, the Piz Buin team is a venerable one and has been producing sunscreen for over 70 years! If that august history isn't enough, just remember that Prinsloo grew up in Africa and therefore is a (unofficial) sun protection expert.
Vintage Levi's Cutoffs
Keeping with her understated wardrobe choices, Prinsloo usually opts for a beloved pair of vintage Levi's short-shorts during the warmer months. While her exact version is impossible to replicate, thankfully the Levi's 501 Cutoff Shorts ($50) have the same worn-in feel. Pair with a bikini at the beach or an oversized vintage men's button-up¬--another Prinsloo-approved suggestion!
Victoria's Secret Bathing Suit ($49, available at select Victoria's Secret PINK locations)
Prinsloo's capsule collection of beachwear for Victoria's Secret PINK is truly darling¬--visit PINK Nation for more details¬--especially this petite, patterned bikini! In addition to the graphic checks, this suit has a smaller, more Brazilian-style cut per Prinsloo's preferences. Besides this tiny two-piece, she also designed an animal-print bikini (complete with a leopard's face on the bottoms), several tunics, and a darling elephant t-shirt.
Sachajuan Ocean Mist Spray ($28)
Prinsloo's long locks are certainly obsession-worthy¬--oh those perfectly effortless waves!¬--so we couldn't wait to hear all about her must-have hair product. While we can't swear you'll get the exact same cool kink, Sachajuan's Ocean Mist Spray just might help you achieve an approximation of Prinsloo's beachy cool. The formula is particularly intriguing: it's packed with proteins, minerals from sea algae, and enough salt to give even the finest hair a little body.
Alexander Wang Diego Bucket Bag ($825)
It's no surprise that Prinsloo's mad about a bag from the master of model-off-duty chic, but we were intrigued by her tote of choice. Rather than the celeb-favorite Rocco Duffel, Prinsloo prefers the slouchy shape, studded bottom, and meshed leather of Wang's Diego Bucket Bag. It's the perfect rough-around-the-edges accessory to round out anyone's wardrobe¬--no matter if you're a model or a civilian! If the investment is just too much, do check out the similar shape of Deux Lux'sTassel Bucket Bag ($68) or Kooba'sDaniela Studded Leather Bucket Bag ($345). Want a tougher, studded look for less dinero? Be sure to check out Matt & Nat's Commix Drawstring Bag ($230) in black.
Maison Martin Margiela Cut Out Sandals ($300)
This summer, Prinsloo will be dedicated to a pair of handmade sandals she picked up in Mexico, but she also confessed a fondness for these neoprene slip-ons from Maison Martin Margiela. Who could blame her? The MMM pair is totally on trend, thanks to its interesting cut-out design and sporty surfer material.
Holga CFN 120 Red Camera ($75)
While Prinsloo was instantly attracted to this camera¬'s bright color and affordable price tag, she ultimately loves the unexpected photos it produces! Our insider gets a kick out of how the light sometimes leaks in, resulting in surprisingly artistic snapshots. Made almost entirely of plastic, the camera is easy to carry and simple to use¬--you don¬'t have to be an expert photographer to capture that perfect shot!
Guilty Brotherhood Dress ($1350, 310.274.8800)
Prinsloo is unabashedly obsessed with Guilty Brotherhood dresses, as they have loads of sexy attitude, which is why they're her go-to pick for a hot night out. The line¬--which is the brainchild of Parisian designer Kevork Kiledjian¬--is quickly becoming an editorial favorite and already boasts a number of high profile fans (Kate Moss also loves these frocks). Prinsloo's pick is exceptional, but if you need a one-sleeved mini at a slightly lower price point, do check out Helmut Lang¬'s Lace-Sleeve Jersey Mini-Dress ($425) and Dark Pink¬'s One Sleeve Dress ($77). They show off just the right amount of skin too!
Holland & Strachan Raven Skull Ring ($1600, +44 (0) 207 727 5301)
When asked to share her favorite bijoux with WhoWhatWear.com readers, Prinsloo immediately cited this exaggerated raven ring. It turns out that in addition to adoring it's gothic glamour, she's got an emotional attachment to the exquisite line too. This piece is part of a collaborative collection created by Prinsloo's boyfriend, model Jamie Strachan, and jewelry designer Philippa Holland, and features a range of necklaces, bracelets, and rings inspired by the delicate skeletons of birds and beetles. One look at the stunning execution and we understand why Prinsloo's a fan! If you like the Burtonesque appeal of this ring, you also might like some Pamela Love's latest offerings, like the Talon Ring ($265), or Onward Into The Future's Tusk Ring in Silver ($196) too.¬--Additional reporting by Natalie Yost