Cynthia Rowley Summer Skirts & Hermès VN Dalvy
Cynthia Rowley summer skirts & Hermès VN Dalvy

Summer 2016 Uniforms

My Summer Uniform—the Dressy Version. Anne Fontaine top, Cynthia Rowley skirt, Porselli ballet flats, & Vache Naturelle Dalvy by Hermès

My Summer Uniform—the Dressy Version. Anne Fontaine top, Cynthia Rowley skirt, Porselli ballet flats, & Vache Naturelle Dalvy by Hermès

I must wear my CR skirt a few times each week—so thankfully I have a matching red one.

I wear my CR skirt a few times each week—so thankfully I have a matching red one.

Like silver, a Vache Naturelle Dalvy goes with everything. The perfect summer handbag.

Like silver, a Vache Naturelle Dalvy goes with everything. The perfect summer handbag.

 

When it comes to summer, I rely on trusted uniform dressing to get me through the sticky, awful days.  I want to look presentable, so no shorts for me (I do own a pair, but they are worn only when exercising).  I prefer longer lengths—cropped pants, midi-length skirts—because hot legs mean swollen legs.  And it all has to go with ballet flats, the only shoes I’ve worn since coming back from Paris.

I tend to wear variations on two basic looks.  Above is the first:  Cynthia Rowley midi lace cotton skirt, paired with whatever clean black top hangs in the wardrobe.  Slip on some silver jewelry, step into black ballerinas, and grab the Dalvy—and now I’m ready.  I wear this to visit friends, to run errands, to attend my commercial acting class, and most recently to meet up with a gang of Hermès devotees at the Madison boutique.

Summer Uniform—the Casual Version: Uniqlo cotton top, Issey Miyake trousers, & Longchamp red tote

My Other Summer Uniform—the Casual Version: Uniqlo cotton top, Issey Miyake trousers, & Longchamp red tote

The cotton top gets worn every week...

The cotton top gets worn every week…

...so thankfully I have three: black, navy, and white. The perfect summer top.

…so thankfully I have three: black, navy, and white. The perfect summer top.

 

My second uniform is more casual with a touch of the tomboy.  I have a handful of Issey Miyake pleated trousers, and the three cropped versions have been in heavy rotation these past two months.  I wear them with the Uniqlo linen sleeveless button downs purchased over the last two summers—or with the sleeveless lace cotton tops I purchased at Uniqlo this summer.  In my super humble opinion, Uniqlo is the best source for easy summer dressing, so I’ve gotten into the habit of picking up three or four simple tops each year.  These three are all the summer shopping I did this year.  When the heat is so overwhelming, I care less and less about putting together ensembles—the best is if I don’t have to think at all.

This summer I’ve also gotten into the habit of carrying a lightweight Longchamp tote.  It’s an easy way to run errands without filling my hands with bags.  Somehow, empty hands just makes me feel less hot.  It also keeps a water bottle at easy reach.

What uniforms have gotten you through this year’s summer heat?

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  1. Love these looks. That oversized lace (does it have a real name?) is wonderful. I’d love to find something like the skirt or the tops … maybe I’ll have to just make it myself. I always wear mostly dresses in the summer, but this summer even more than usual. I’m down about 20lbs and none of my pants fit and I’m too lazy/cheap to go through the effort of finding things that fit in a new size at this point. Dresses however still fit, so that’s what I wear every day.
    E and I were just talking last night about how much we miss having neighbors/friends to hang out with … sigh …
    -s

    1. Oh, what news! Twenty pounds is quite a lot, and I can imagine being overwhelmed by the idea of wardrobe shopping. That’s why dresses are so fabulous—as long as they hit the shoulders well, they still work. Just add a belt if needed. 🙂

      I would love it if you were right around the corner still. Move to New York!

  2. I love the Issey Miyake pleated trousers on you, they look comfortable and cool while chic.

    I have to thank you for writing about Eric Bompard and Anne Fontaine. I recently acquired both an Eric Bompard black cardigan (and I’d been on the search for a black cardigan for months) and an Ann Fontaine long white shirt for a cover up at the beach. Both are gorgeous and of unusual quality. And they were found on ebay for a steal 🙂 so really thanks for the introduction!

  3. Stylish summer uniform and the Dalvy is such a gorgeous bag! The silver bracelet with the oversized links is so you, very chic.
    To answer you question, Dublin dwellers do not have a summer heat problem. In my bag, I carry what I call the Irish combo: sunglasses + umbrella. Plus an Hermes shawl or large silk to get me through chills/air conditioning in the office.

  4. Beautiful textures, patterns and colors. I am so fond of these skirts and they make for a great summer uniform.
    My summer uniform consists of skirts and JCrew vintage tees with ballerinas or Birkenstocks and almost zero accessories since it even feels too hot for those, hair up, little make-up. Bland 🙂

  5. I can’t take it anymore– I need something in Vache! Petting A’s Plume in that leather, and now seeing you look so so so so glamorous wearing the Dalvy with black… I give up! It’s pointless to resist.

    Fab red tote too– is that from the current collection? The silver strip at the top is such a lovely touch.

    1. Yes, you do! Vache is incredible, and the color is out of this world.

      The Longchamp tote is sadly discontinued. I would love to have a couple others but, then, this one is so perfect, maybe it’s all that’s ever needed.

  6. those skirts are everything!

    Also completely off-topic do you have an recommendations for an “idiot proof” smaller digital camera…not necessarily pocket size but a smaller and less expensive alternative to lugging around a dslr for travel. Thank you!

    1. Thank you, PaPP!

      I know the camera! Fuji film x100t. I have the x100s and am dying to upgrade but trying to wait until the next iteration. If I go abroad before it comes out, I’m getting the x100t—it’s truly a marvel.

  7. I love your uniforms. That Anne Fontaine blouse is perfect!
    My uniform this summer has two variations:
    1. black sundresses with silver jewelry and brown flat leather sandals. Often worn with a beat up cowboy hat.
    2. dark bootcut jeans, black, navy or white button up blouse, black wedge heels
    And always my vinyl longchamp black tote with brown leather handles because it weighs next to nothing and yet still fits everything, including the days I walk to the cafe with my laptop inside.

  8. A Vache Dalvy❤️ How perfect. Love it with your blue and red items.

    Summer never changes for me. Loose. Linen. Dresses. Though I’ve abandoned Eileen Fisher for Elizabeth Suzann the last two summers. Birkenstocks (Gizeh and Mayari) and, this summer, clogs! I haven’t worn them in years and forgot how comfortable they are. I bought some in Paris (Kerstin Adophson) and clomped happily around with nary a blister. Plus they make me a little taller which is always a good thing.

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