Lucky's May issue

A MONTH OF OUTFITS By throwing a handful of fun and trendy spring pieces in with staples that are already lurking in your closet, it is indeed possible to create 30 days of looks for virtually any mood you're going for.

THE BEST SWIMSUITS OF THE SEASON We've rounded up 36 of the most flattering and of-the-moment options, with bold patterns, sultry cuts, and totally hot details. Our favorite looks, which run the gamut from seductive and bare to stylishly demure - and every last one has a unique twist that makes it stand out, including: the classic halter, side-tie bikini, geometric one-piece, ethnic-print bikini and many more.

ON OUR COVER Ali Larter is one of those California girls who manages to look chic without having it all be about some big fashion statement. "I like my clothes to be able to take on my mood rather than tell me my mood," says the 32-year-old actress, so she sticks to a relaxed, low-key mix - T-shirts, drapey dresses, and crisp pants - with an emphasis on fit. "When something looks great on me, I don't even question it," she says. "I just buy it, because who knows when I'll find the next just-right thing?" And the Heroes star arrived at our shoot wearing her new favorite bauble: a gigantic engagement ring. She tells us: "I've never been a huge jewelry girl, but I'm never taking this off."

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR HEALTHY, SEXY HAIR Our guide to the newest tips, tricks, and miracle-working products that make getting the look everyone wants simpler than ever. We have eight packed pages of styling ideas for every hair type, glamorous accessories, the newest easy-to-use tools, and staffers' beloved classic products.

DO IT YOURSELF: THE BEST SUMMER SELF-TAN Find out how to get a perfect, smooth, utterly natural-looking, full-on sun-goddess bronze - in 10 minutes or less!

RETRO SHAPES! Tips on how to instantly update three vintage-inspired pieces: a floor-sweeping prairie skirt, a mod collarless jacket, and a pair of brocade bell-bottoms. The results are some of the most gorgeous outfits of the season!