Shake off the rain with fashions and fun items for the best summer ever.
We’re not trying to jinx anything, but that yellow orb in the sky seems to be showing up more often.
And after months — and months — of almost nonstop rain, Seattleites are ready to get out and play. Here are some fresh new ways to greet the warm weather in style and soak up some fun.
The Ban.do Super Chill Cooler Bag ($32 at bando.com) squeezes summer fun into an eye-catching and functional lemon-themed purse/cooler that keeps drinks and sandwiches chilly for a beach trip or impromptu picnic.
Get the party started at your backyard barbecue with the shiny, gold Disco Pineapple Sipper Cup ($13 at Urban Outfitters), which is insulated and has an internal strainer for fruit or herb infusions.
Fill locally designed Tovolo Tiki Pop Molds ($16 at Bed Bath & Beyond) with a tropical juice blend and Seattle-made 3 Howls Distillery Banana Flavored Vodka ($27–$30 at 3 Howls Distillery, Sodo, and Total Wine and More) for a grown-up, kitschy-cool treat.
Pull on the Velvet by Graham & Spencer One-Shoulder Check Dress (on sale for $104 at Nordstrom) to look picnic-ready at a moment’s notice. The gingham shift has pockets and a flirty ruffle around the one-shoulder neckline for an of-the-moment look.
Show off your summer pedi in United Nude’s Rico Sandals ($220 at Clementines, Pioneer Square). Wide leather straps and bold color blocking look modern, while the comfy platform sole provides extra height.
Dress up that summer ponytail with a Caravan Pacific Modern Metal Hair Tie ($28–$35 at caravan-pacific.com), handmade in Portland and available in two sizes in either brass or copper.
Karu’s Alessandra Sunglasses ($24 at Moorea Seal, Belltown) protect your peepers with 99 percent UVA/UVB protection and 100 percent old-Hollywood style. The chic cat-eye frames have contrasting silver- or gold-toned hardware.
Rock the cruise ship, a Mariners game or a casual wedding in the 100 percent silk Tommy Bahama Ionian Ikat Camp Shirt ($118 at Tommy Bahama) from the store’s new summer collection. The geometric design stands out in a sea of Hawaiian prints, and the material is soft and breezy.
Add personality to a tee-and-shorts outfit with the locally designed Mystery Made Get Busy Livin’ Trucker Hat ($15) and Arcade’s Strand Adventure Belt ($26, both at Mystery Made, West Seattle, and mysterymade.com), which is waterproof and printed with palm trees and a skull island.
Take the party on the road with the Walnut Studio Bicycle Beer 6-Pack Combo ($144 at walnutstudio.com). Handcrafted in Oregon, the handsome leather six-pack carrier hooks onto your bicycle triangle to bring your favorite beer (or soda) along for the ride.
You’ll always have a place to hang with the portable Overland Hammock (starting at $90 at overlandhammock.com), designed in Seattle. The comfy slings pack down to the size of a soda can, weigh only half a pound, hold up to 280 pounds and come with suspension and tree straps for relaxation whenever the mood strikes.
Get in on the round-towel trend with the soft terry Laguna Round Fringe-Trim Beach Towel ($69 at Urban Outfitters), which provides a cozy spot to lounge at the beach, park or just in the backyard.
And don’t forget nighttime fun. The Nite Ize Flashflight Disc-O ($25 at REI) lights up the darkness with psychedelic, LED, colored-light combos. The sturdy plastic disc is water-resistant and floats — on water and through the air.