Men's and women's summer essentials that mix high style with cooling power.
Funny how winter’s record-breaking rain now seems like a distant memory as we sweat in the summer sun.
But you don’t have to forgo style in an effort to stay cool as you enjoy the season’s precious rays. Here are some clothes and accessories, for both women and men, that will allow you to enjoy summer days and activities without overheating.
The Leota Charlotte Dress ($118 at Horseshoe Boutique, Ballard) can be worn as a day dress and on into the evening. A flattering gathered waist, V-neck and red graphic print add to the simple style.
A dark floral print adds a summery motif to the Frock Shop Garland Wrap Dress in Navy ($112 at Show Pony Boutique, Fremont), with a wrap shape for a custom fit.
The hand-dyed, breezy Prairie Underground Isvald Escada Linen Tank ($99 at prairieunderground.com) is a locally designed, 100 percent linen top that’s super versatile, complementing jeans, skirts or shorts.
Local company Tommy Bahama’s Floriana Striped Boyfriend Shirt ($98) is a lightweight piece that’s perfect to have on hand for when the sun goes down or you need a stylish cover-up.
Finding good-looking shorts on the longer side isn’t always easy. The breathable cotton Hei Hei Tahiti Shorts ($68 at Anthropologie) pair a 4-inch inseam with a high rise, and add a nice pop of color to any outfit.
For a patterned option, the Eloquii Texture Button Detail Shorts ($80 at eloquii.com) have a flattering waist and graphic design that can be paired with other prints or any solid-colored top. In sizes 14–24.
Available in brown and gray, the Brixton Madrid Shorts ($55 at brixton.com) will become a favorite you can wear with anything. The casual chinos have an elastic waistband and adjustable drawcord, making them the ultimate comfort choice for summer.
For a denim option, the Zara Denim Bermuda Shorts ($40 at zara.com) are a summer staple with some flair, thanks to distressing and a rolled hem.
The Gap Garment-Dye Short Sleeve Shirt ($40) is a must-have for work, dates or just hanging out. It can be worn tucked or untucked, and can easily be dressed up or down.
On lazy days, slip on the Levi’s Landon Snow Jersey Short Sleeve Henley ($32 at zappos.com). The henley neckline and colorblocking take this piece up a notch from a plain-old tee.
Thanks to the brand’s energy-returning outsole technology, you won’t have to sacrifice comfort for style with the Cole Haan Anica Criss Cross Sandal ($130 at colehaan.com). It pops in a spicy orange suede version, but is also available in more neutral hues.
The handmade Banana Republic x Piece & Co. Batik Ankle-Wrap Wedge Sandal ($168) is part of Banana Republic’s collaboration with global artisans. This sandal’s fabric, with a delightful, unique print, was handcrafted by women in Ghana. A suede ankle wrap elevates it for fancier occasions.
If you need new flip-flops, check out the Tommy Bahama Taheeti Sandals ($38) for men. They’re durable, with EVA straps and a comfy rubber footbed featuring a fun, bright pattern.
Slip-ons and slides are still trending and the Birkenstock Arizona ($110 at zappos.com), in a neutral like navy, is a comfortable, classic option for men and women.
Replace lost or damaged sunglasses with the stylish men’s Warby Parker Barkley Sunglasses in Oxford Blue Crystal (starting at $95 at warbyparker.com).
Hats are one of summer’s biggest trends, and they help protect your face and hair from the sun. For a simple, stylish option, check out the Brixton Joanna Hat ($44 at brixton.com) with a wide brim and grosgrain band. Or go more whimsical with the Hat Attack Memphys Hat (on sale for $59 at clubmonaco.com), a striped straw hat complete with pompoms, charms and tassels.
For men, the Club Monaco Colorblocked Fedora (on sale for $89) is a classic look available in blue or natural hues, both of which feature a debonair white band.