While the summer-into-fall transition gets a lot of praise as the most stylish of fashion seasons, high summer releases have plenty of color, texture and variety to go round. Keeping up with social engagements and maintaining a relaxed, off-duty attitude is not always easy, so set yourself up with the best summer fashion in your wardrobe, suitcase or tote.
Lisa Marie Fernandez’s collection is loaded with strapless swim options that won’t interfere with your day-to-day off-shoulder styles – we’re looking at you, halter tan lines! A trio of playfully sleeved bandeaus are especially in sync with the trend. If tan lines aren’t much of a concern for you (let’s hear it for 70 SPF!), consider a simple, sporty tank-strap look. A double-strap bikini top or one-piece works for riding waves as well as sunbathing. The best summer outfits are multi-purpose, and minimalist swim designs fit perfectly well beneath work wear – not a bad way to conceal your Summer Friday escape plans from the office. To achieve the head-to-toe beach look, you might consider scooping a cover-up made to match your swimwear. There’s always room for quirkiness with accessories like Toga sandals, and a big beach bag that truly speaks to the vacationer in you.
Afternoon in the park
A picnic blanket, a book, and a fresh pair of shades will see you through a lazy afternoon. Op-Art sunnies add a bit of intrigue to a relaxed, lounge-ready outfit. What else could you possibly need for a picturesque afternoon in the park? Summer fashion is all about keeping it comfortable. You never know when you’ll end up in a pick-up volleyball match! In the park, you can’t go wrong with linen and cotton. Try mid-rise denim shorts or a lightweight, distressed pair of jeans for cooler days. Pair with a slouchy tee or tank – perhaps a graphic-style one from Kenzo, or solid white for ultimate simplicity. If you’re lucky, a friend will pack the picnic.
If you’re an urbanite, dressing for a day or weekend in the country can easily go wayward. Summer outfit ideas abound so approach your rural day trip with style and practicality. Rompers or modern-looking jumpsuits are great ways to avoid over-thinking it. David Korma and MSGM have some especially fun options that will keep you from looking overly simplistic. A mid-sized leather backpack is just the thing for carrying all your must-haves. One item to be sure to pack is your favorite printed silk scarf or neckerchief. There is no end to the usefulness of a signature scarf, but you might want to have a lightweight cardigan or sweatshirt also for the inevitably evening ride back.
BBQ: rooftop or poolside?
Summer outfits for women – or men – don’t get better than quintessential BBQ style. Whether you’re headed to the beach or pool, pull together a flawless summer outfit with twists on classic backyard looks (à la Edward Scissor Hands). Tata Naka has presented a few amazingly retro-kitsch prints in silhouettes that have you at hello, as well as a pair of perfectly chic high-waisted shorts, cut to fringe at the thigh. Try a woven hat to save your skin and complete the look. Missoni’s striped variations have a bit more charm than your average straw boater. Last but not least, you won’t regret wearing a swimsuit beneath it all, even if you’re headed to the rooftop. Everybody’s has to stay cool somehow, right?
New Yorkers have a reputation of shrouding themselves in black during the summer months. As noted by the late Bill Cunningham, our beloved man on the street, it doesn’t take much time on the sidewalk to appreciate black cotton for its ability to keep us looking relatively cool and collected. Look to Rick Owens for chic urban options on the hottest of days. However, if you predict a breeze for your Saturday shopping trip, think about flowing printed skirts and bright short-sleeved blouses. Dolce & Gabbana continues to deliver lively color and an air of European sophistication. You’ll want to ground your summer fashion look with a solid pair of flats or chic sneakers, like a high-end update on the classic low top.
Drinks in the City
Girls’ night, date night, or a little bit of both? If it’s worth stopping home after work to change, why not show off some prime summer outfits in the evening? Givenchy's spaghetti straps have the look and feel of after-hours cocktails, and with an equally sleek heel are perfect for wearing to Noho – no connections necessary. Try printed bias cuts for attracting eyes downtown, or color-blocked minis for cocktails on the UES. No matter where your night is headed, a little metallic bag is a great touch. Stand out options include geometric minaudières. Aside from being much less likely to be left in an Uber, a little extra shine goes a long way on hot nights.