Catherine Badger, 28
Store merchandiser, Urban Outfitters
What she’s wearing:
Hurley bathing suit, shoes from Italy, Stussy sunglasses, and a Givenchy scarf, which is her grandmother’s. The bathing suit’s cut is pretty sexy by Washington standards. “I was looking for an opportunity to dress up a little bit,” Badger says, “and this party was a great opportunity. I thought, ‘A poolside party? Heels and a bathing suit. We need to do that in Washington.’ ”
What are you wearing when you’re not poolside?
“I grew up riding horses, so I wear a lot of jeans, cowboy boots, and equestrian, knee-high boots. Now that it’s summertime, I have to give that up. For summer, I’m loving the cut-off Levi’s, a vintage look.”
What style are you into trying out this summer?
“I’ve been doing crunches to try to pull off midriff tops. As a merchandiser, it’s hard to dress a mannequin with a shirt cut off, but I think it’s really sexy. I keep thinking about it.”
Poolside parties—a great excuse to unveil my vintage one-piece suit and shamelessly wear piles of jewelry with a bikini. As for the midriff-baring tops, I’m happy to see that the current look is more Viva Las Vegas than ’80s Madonna. (I just saw Viva Las Vegas for the first time a few months ago, and Ann-Margret rocks some seriously cute, structured midriff-baring tops.) Do you dare?