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The Strategist Haul: What the Editors Bought in August

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If you follow our biweekly feature Your Shopping Cart, you know that we have some eerily good intel on what things you all are buying. It led us to think that, as Strategist editors, we could turn the tables and highlight all the things we’ve been buying ourselves. As you’ll notice, it’s both a blessing and a curse to be a Strat editor; we’re picky, but sometimes we just have to get on with it (it’s online-shopping expertise meets IRL needs). Below, what we all bought in August.

Lauren Ro, writer

Up until this weekend, I hadn’t submerged myself in a body of water — natural or otherwise — all summer because, I don’t know, life got in the way. Still, for whatever reason, I felt the need to buy a new swimsuit. This time, I wanted a simple one-piece to hold it all in that also didn’t cost over $100. So I turned to Andie, a direct-to-consumer brand that launched last year, for its reasonably priced options. Because I have a short torso and am insecure about my back, I went with the Amalfi (which the website’s handy Fit Finder tool also recommended) for its cami-style straps, low neckline, high-cut back, and elegant silhouette. I was between sizes, so I ordered two (Andie offers free shipping and returns) and went with the larger one, which fit like a dream. The other day I took it for a swim at my local pool and felt sleek and secure, like a sexy water mammal.

I first learned about the Nashville-based made-to-order clothing company Elizabeth Suzann from my husband, of all people, who had heard an econ podcast about its sustainable and ethical business model. With a focus on natural fibers, Elizabeth Suzann offers timeless pieces for women, like swingy linen tees, tunics, jackets, wool sweaters, and breezy bottoms, each made to order in-house, which means lead times are currently at six to seven weeks. I ordered the staple Georgia Tee in navy, a boxy linen top, and the Josephine Vented Shell in ivory, which has cap sleeves and a box pleat in the back, in June and received my order this month. I love the structure of the Georgia tee and how I can pair it with a voluminous skirt without looking too precious. Although the pieces aren’t cheap, I’m confident that they’ll be with me for the long haul.

Maxine Builder, writer

There’s something about the return of fall that really gets me going on a self-improvement kick, probably some vestige of back-to-school nostalgia. I usually buy a bunch of new pens or a new