Model Joan Smalls Reveals Her Summer Must-Haves & Shopping Tips

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Model Joan Smalls is surrounded by clothing every day (obviously). Thankfully for us, she's decided to impart her fashion wisdom so that we can all look a bit more put together. Read about her summer must-haves and shopping tips below!

What's your favorite season in terms of fashion?

"Spring/Summer, because it reminds me of Puerto Rico. The cold is not my friend. I love the warmth and the heat of summer. For the most part, we always experience the same weather in Puerto Rico, so it brings me back home and gives me that comfort. You go out and do more things, because it’s not cold outside."

Is there anything in particular you look forward to wearing this summer?

"Sandals! My favourite right now are a pair of leopard flat sandals by Givenchy. I wore them this past summer and I can’t wait to bring them back."

Are you more of a summer dresses kind of girl? Maxi dresses?

"I love my shorts!" 

What's your best shopping advice for those who want to look polished?

"To buy timeless pieces, because it doesn’t matter the season, it’s still going to look good. You can mix and match and make it look good, time and time again. For accessories like bags, go for black if you’re unsure. Or go with a safe bet, which would be a dark color or tan, that you know you can wear with any one of your wardrobe pieces."

What are some timeless pieces for you? Can you name three key pieces to invest in?

"I would invest in a black Chanel purse, and a good leather jacket to wear in the fall or even winter. It’s a good pairing even with a summer dress, or pants, if you want to take it in a different direction. Beauty-wise, it’s good to highlight your face and contour your check bones, your brow bones, highlight the bridge of your nose lightly, to give a more polished look to whatever you’re wearing."

What’s a fashion don’t for you?

"When girls wear inappropriate undergarments and you can see the lines! But I think anything goes in fashion."

What's your favorite summer fashion tip? Share in the comments

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Verky Arcos, Fashion Director

A  writer and editor with expertise in fashion and lifestyle coverage, Verky Baldonado is currently Latina magazine's Fashion Director. Baldonado has written Latin-inspired travel and food related content and has contributed to celebrity Q&As, red carpet video interviews, and the annual “Reasons to Love Being Latina” feature. Verky is U.S.-born and of Ecuadorean and Puerto Rican descent who speaks and writes fluent Spanish. Prior to Latina, Verky worked as a photo shoot coordinator at Universal/Island Def Jam Music Group. Verky holds a B.A. in Communications Arts from Montclair State University and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.

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