I have always lived in cool, moderate, and even somewhat cold parts of the world, where summer is the most anticipated season by far. When the season actually starts, you can see and feel the happiness in the air; people are more polite, they walk around with a wide smile and an extra spring in their step, and the streets are bustling with people trying to squeeze out a few more minutes of bliss before heading to the office.
Summer holds a special place in my heart. It is a part of the year that represents freedom and spontaneity, without the uncomfortable extra weight that coats and layers bring to everyday life. It is my chance to explore new things, inside and out of fashion, and I know that my creativity is encouraged by the extra time and vitamin D that accompanies this time of year!
I generally associate summer styles with anything and everything that exudes relaxation. I love my Levi’s shorts and t-shirts in the summer, but there are times when I want to wear something a tad dressier, without overheating from the higher temperatures.
The first textile that comes to mind is Linen: preferably in white or cream, with that crisp lightness that we all love for those Grecian getaways that dominate our Instagram feeds. Although it is a little difficult to wash, linen is a great fabric for keeping the sun off your skin while remaining cool and looking serene.
Secondly, and one of my personal favorites, is Chambray: a light woven fabric that you can style the same way you would any of your favorite denim pieces. This is such a great option for summer because of its airy properties, and the light blue against white is everyone’s favorite summer combo.
Lastly, Chiffon. This is probably the most billowy of fabrics of the three and it looks stunning with a light breeze and a bit of sunshine. I would not recommend this fabric for a day at the beach since it easily sticks to wet skin, but it looks fantastic for a day in the city or for grabbing a rosé on a summer’s eve.
Let me know what some of your favorites are, and how you love to style them!