Summer is here, which of course means clothes are brighter, nights are shorter, tourists are redder, and the blood alcohol level of the average mosquito rises as quick as the length of your skirt.
Right about now, you’re about a third of the way through the season and you’re thinking to yourself, “Where did my summer wardrobe go? Surely I had one last year.” If you’re anything like me, you spend all your time fretting about the perfect swimsuit and forget about the other 90 percent of your week, when real clothes are required. Although, a good amount of people here in Austin live in flip flops and cover ups, some of us have to get dressed Monday through Friday.
Well, instead of throwing on your stretched out pair of leggings for the third time this week and hoping no one at the office notices, or instead of trying to squeeze into the Jorts you’ve had since high school for brunch with friends, let me help you. Pour yourself a prosecco or mix yourself up a tiki drink, sit back, and let me show you the top summer fashions that are simple, versatile, and most importantly cool (as in not warm, but can be translated however you like!).
Designers are obsessed with business casual right now. In fact, the dress shirt comes in many shapes and sizes and is one of the most manipulated garments in fashion since Coco Chanel waged war on the corset. You really can’t go wrong with the versatility of a shirt dress. We are seeing many variations of it this year. Made of cotton, this is one of the coolest fabrics and it can’t be denied, most comfortable. Pair it with flat sandals or espadrilles for daytime, then slip on a pair of d’orsays for the evening. Wear it loose, or belt it at the waste. Or try a more subtle take on the Alexander Wang look found in his Spring 2014 show and wear a man’s shirt, buttoned at the neck, tucked in to a pair of baggie high-wasted shorts and belt it for a more appropriate off-the-runway look.Another thing to think about is having your clothes talk for you this summer, because it’s really too hot to do much of anything, right? Mix the pop art patterns with a more subtle item like distressed cropped jeans or cotton shorts for a more dramatic rock n’ roll look. Or for those of you who don’t look good in larger patterns (like moi), try color blocking your wardrobe pieces with vibrant warm colors like canary yellow, fuchsia, and either cherry red or red orange.
Reflect the heat with soft, breathable metallic fabrics like a silky bronze or silver tones. This look will also take you from the rising temperatures of the daytime into the not-so-much-cooler temperatures of the evening. And please remember the most important accessory of all this season: sunscreen! Sorry, I feel obligated.