It is starting to be HOT out there, people.
I do very poorly in hot weather. I grow overheated in temperatures as low as 76F, so when the temperature dial hits mid to upper 80s—or, gasp, the 90s—ouch.
Last summer after arriving in NYC, I quickly realized my summer wardrobe wasn’t working. Striped St. James cotton t-shirts, skinnies jeans, and white Anne Fontaine tops might work well enough in Oklahoma when using air-conditioning 24/7 and never walking anywhere, but it didn’t work in NYC. New York is sticky hot, too, which means you really don’t want much hitting the skin. Since I was realizing this only late in the season, there was nothing to do but promise to fix the problem come this summer.
My solution: lace and eyelet tops + espadrilles.
Ever since the H&M Consciousness Exclusive collection, I’ve been adding lace top to my wardrobe as the summer solution. First came the Zadig et Voltaire sample sale eyelet finds, one sleeveless and one cap-sleeved; I wear them every week. Then came the start of the Zara sale, at which I grabbed a few lace-y tops. Fast forward a week and a half, and I went back and grabbed more.
Why get so many? Because add a little Cosabella bandeau bra, et voilà! Instant cool comfort. As in, the most fabulous hot and humid summer solution. Yes, I’m showing skin . . . but once the humid heat hits, no one cares.
But if finding hot-weather tops was imperative this summer, finding hot-weather shoes was even more so. My feet were in pain last summer. Everything chaffed. Everything tore up my feet. I began to worry my feet could no longer stand up to city walking—when city walking is the activity I love best. Then about two months or so ago, I tried something completely new: espadrilles. Specifically: the cheap, cheap ones from J Crew.
I promised myself I would spare no expense to find comfortable summer shoes this year. Little did I know to go cheap would be the best solution. Aside from divinely soft Freed’s of London red ballerinas, my foot saviors have been the cheap as chips cotton espadrilles constantly on sale at J Crew. The K St. Jacques sandals are also quite, quite comfortable on the stickiest of days, though my knees hurt like the dickens by the time I get home. The Castaner wedges are good for short ventures, but I prefer flats anymore.
So—the summer heat solution seems to be: cheap as chips lace top + cheap as chips espadrilles. What then about a bag? Cheap as chips works there too:
A straw bucket bag is a classic summer staple, and this is a sturdy choice. I can lug laptops (yes plural) and books to meetings, or a towel and pillow to the rooftop deck. Occasionally J Crew offers a discount on them, so I encourage keeping a look-out.
What tips do you have for summer styling?