As far as conscious seasonal dressing goes, summer tends to get a bit lost in translation. Both spring and fall bring big changes to the weather and naturally, your wardrobe. Not to mention they’re widely observed months by the fashion industry at large with the debut of new collections worldwide. Recent nods to what was once an overlooked changing of tides, have been taken by designers experimenting with Resort wear, but it’s still geared towards a more affluent crowd who hang on yachts and shit. (Cue Madonna’s Holiday and pop a bottle of Dom.) And footnote, who for real wants to wear a variation of “nautical inspiration” all season long? For the rest of us, the best way to stay fresh without recycling is to keep it minimal, contained, and submit to what mother nature brings.
1. A clean, easy white tee
This one’s a serious no-brainer. It’s something every girl should own and wear the hell out of. There are just under a hundred different ways to style the perfect white tee, so get creative. It is to summer as your favorite leather jacket is to fall. Ann-Sofie Back’s clear strap shirt is a lovely rendition to the classic, giving it that boxy bit of Swedish flavor. BLK DNM’s slinky, loose-fitting white t-shirt 2 is a go-to for a more androgynous Rebel Without a Cause feel.
2. A short black boot
Gone are the days of uniform footwear per season. You can have whatever ya like. Mix it up with a pair of leather cutout ankle boots that are not only breathable, comfortable, and turn a pair of cut-off jean shorts into a chic model-off-duty look, but translate seamlessly into a major investment come autumn. TBA’s Esther boot features a sleek, strappy leather design, perfect for pairing with a summer fling. And this season, Jeffrey Campbell’s more relaxed Everly, comes in a crinkled patent exclusive to Acrimony.
3. The alternative sundress
This ain’t your mama’s sunday best. Instead of the typical “soft” and “flowy” A-line, dive into untempered territory with an offbeat pattern that shows just a hint of skin in a surprising place. After all, a dress should be something you don’t just throw on, but feel amazing in. And a great dress will simultaneously amaze and reflect you. For something eclectic try pieces from labels like Cameo, Funktional, and Stylestalker. These little numbers mean serious biz.