"So you’ve got your look nailed down all year long. The super-chic outfit day in & day out; the envy at the office with the side glances in line at Starbuck’s. Until . . .it jumps above the refreshing 75-degree mark, and the humidity comes creeping around to make you just that extra bit uncomfortable. Suddenly you're confused and in danger of heading from a fashion hero to hot messy zero."
"You're off your game and mistakes happen. So you reach for that burst of color, that sheer piece, or that “should I be wearing something this short” dress. What to do?"
"Let’s go over some suggestions for getting through the dog days of summer while looking like a fox."
1 - Don't be drawn into wearing color when it isn't you. I think black in summer is SO chic. You just have to make sure the fabric is light, say linen, cotton or gauze. Take your favorite silhouettes and find them in a summer friendly black fabrication.
For the store I brought in a shrunken, fitted blazer by Majestic Filatures in a cool linen, with a cotton jersey back and sleeve, and I love it back to a Studio Nicholson black cotton A-line skirt. So easy!....
2 - Embrace nautical. Blue is the new black, at least for three months… We adore navy, white and chambray all year round - but in summer these colors can be a lifesaver! A simple chic navy shift dress can ease all the, “I must wear color” anxiety. Or try one of our new nautical Orcival tee's - paired with a full skirt or loose pant - you'll be channeling Chanel on vacation in the South of France.
One of my favorites pieces this season is by Harvey Faircloth - a silk navy dress with dual zippers, AND it can take you way into the fall!
3 - Don't be fooled by the "fall" in "pre-fall." Shop Pre Collections. These days a designer looks to put out a staggering four to five collections a year. Summer can be my favorite delivery window, as many of the pieces are in fact wear-now. Designers are following the fashion migration towards immediate gratification. At SPACE 519 you'll find pieces coming in right now which will easily bridge summer to fall.
Rachel Comey does a fantastic job on bridging the gap between seasons. I love her light weight fabrics used in fuller breezy silhouettes.
4 - Although the summer weather seems to be short in length - your hem line need not be. Reach for fuller skirts in light weight fabrics. They give you and easy airy look. And a cropped jean is a great way to go short and not look like a Kardashian (who may have left her pants at home).
We are loving the Frame cropped boot cut right now - it feels fresh and dressed.
5 - Bring color into your wardrobe with accessories and make-up. A fresh fun colorful necklace, or a clutch in a bright hue signals summer without screaming it. Similarly lighten up your cosmetics. A great way to do this is to take your face oil and mix it with a dab of concealer and suddenly you have a dewy tinted moisturizer.
Lizzy Fortunato's pieces make you feel like you are on vacation all year round They are a great addition to any warm weather look. And the aesthetic has just that hint of 1980s Miami that will also make you feel super cool.
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