My favourite way to dress is to layer. Layering long tees with sweatshirts, mixing flannels with a bomber, and hoodies all the time! But every year this crazy thing happens… it’s called summer! This is my second summer in Los Angeles and let me paint a little picture of you. It is friggin hot! Most days feel similar to hanging out in a sauna… fully clothed. Layering just isn’t an option at this time of year, so let’s find some ways to make summer outfits as fresh as the rest of the year.
My number one go to for the summer is a statement tee. Logos are very trendy right now (a 90’s fashion statement I can’t get enough of) and designers are bringing back some cool retro logos. Bold designs on a nice fitted (not tight) tee can really make a simple outfit a lot cooler.
I love how GUCCI is bringing these retro logos back. These simple (yet expensive) tees will definitely level up your look.
Saint Laurent always has some great rock and roll styles tees. They also have some cool retro and California inspired tees this season.
MadeWorn has some really unique hand made tees. All are hand distressed and different – some awesome rocker tees will have you reliving your youth (unless you are a post-millennial). The shorter capped sleeve look adds a neat twist as well.
Hubble Studio is another brand to watch for. I’ve got a sneak peak at the collection dropping soon and so many sick graphic tees coming.
When I go with a super distressed denim or something really out there on my feet I like to keep my tees VERY minimalist. My absolute favourite brand for plain tees is John Elliott Co. I’ve tried them all, so let me save you the time. Get the co-mix style. It’s the bomb.
Now that you have your tees popping, what do you do when you get hit with that freezing cold A/C every time you go indoors. Button-ups are a simple fix. They can be tied around your waist when your sweating outside and thrown on when you head inside for some reprieve. I’m a huge fan of the AMIRI flannels. The quality is superb and they are very lightweight.
Here’s another great option from NSF Clothing.
Can’t go wrong in John Elliott Co.
I mostly wear pants, even in the heat. I guess I just feel more comfortable wearing pants. I found a cropped denim that ZARA does. It’s perfect for everyday wear and tear. They are lightweight (hard to find lightweight denim), affordable, and look great.
Saint Laurent Paris has some great washes and some of my favourite fits. I love doing a pin roll with a pair of low-top sneakers.
For those days you need to rock shorts try and find a pair that aren’t to baggy and not too long. Hopefully you haven’t been skipping leg day.
KNYEW has a great pair that I’ve been wearing a ton lately.
Shoes options are endless these days. I like to break the options down in categories. For the purpose of this article, I think athletic shoes and luxury shoes are appropriate categories. Both work well with a cropped denim. Stick with whites, creams, and lighter colours. You can always use the laces as an opportunity to showcase a pop of colour.
If you can get away with an athletic sneaker, my favourite is the ADIDAS Ultra Boost. Breathable, lightweight and actually the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn. These sneakers are taking over my closet.
Luxury shoes have so many great options these days also! As much as I love the athletic shoes, there is something about wearing a luxury sneaker that makes me feel a little more dressed up. Stick with low-top and level up your sneaker game.
Nothing is better than summer- so get outside, spend time with friends and family, but don’t sweat throw the season. Stay cool and look cool.