Long-Wearing Summer Styles
With ever-changing weather, we know we’re lucky to be in California with mild winds, breezy days, and sunny skies most weeks! But for all you XCVI ladies living elsewhere, Summer sometimes brings some tricky moments when it comes to choosing an outfit that will last all day and night. Sticky situations–literally–plague Summer ensembles, and it’s time to find some long-wearing, high-quality picks that will last well into the night without a hitch! You wouldn’t pick a lipstick that rubs right off at the slightest change in weather, so why should your clothes be so easily discarded after just a few hours in the heat?
First up, the Iago Top! Fluttery t-shirt sleeves make Iago the perfect transitional top, adding an elevated, dressy touch to a go-to piece. A slightly flowy, roomy silhouette, and a v-neck cut bring this piece into a comfy yet flattering territory, especially when worn in classic midnight Black. Tucked into a pencil skirt, or worn with some curve-hugging jeans and heeled sandals, Iago will last you from errands to evening.
Cap sleeves and a high-low hemline also bring alive the simple beauty of the Kent Top, available in Black as well–among many others. Your classic go-to tee works for you through humidity and heat with our soft Aija Jersey. Try Kent for the gym or out for a stroll in Tachism Wash Meadow, a green and brown panel-pattern tie-dye speckled against white. Perfectly sunny and cloudy at the same time, Tachism Wash Meadow is our new favorite hue for warmer days and Summer storms alike, and our fave tees brave any weather or situation for us all the same, pairing excellently with jeans or skirts, tucked in or otherwise!
Light linen spreads beautifully among the tactical-inspired gorgeousness of the Clementine Skirt Dress. Available in earthy, weathered brown Craft Pigment as well as White, Clementine is curve-huggingly ruched along the hips and proves itself sporty-sexy without sacrificing that perfect midi length or a higher waist that can be pulled up to be worn as a dress. Now that’s a day-to-night piece, or vice-versa, and you have the power to choose which is which–double whammy! Featuring zippered cargo pockets and a raw-edge asymmetrical hemline, Clementine boasts all the undone, beachy Summer vibes people strive hard for all year long, all the while maintaining plenty of wearability and versatility as a two-in-one ensemble! As a skirt, Clementine would look adorable with a tucked-in tee and some platform flip-flops, your favorite sunglasses, and your pick of the perfect purse. As a dress, She’d look stunning with sneakers or sandals, some cute bangle bracelets, and our crochet Junius Cardigan or fringed Kumi Cardigan on deck as a light coverup in the event of a breeze or a nighttime dip in temperature.
A casual yet structured piece, the Bawd Top can easily be made more formal with the right styling! Made of our iconic Light Linen, Bawd boasts fluttery, elongated t-shirt sleeves, a crisp v-neck, and a pleat near the raw-edge hemline for some added fluidity and shape. Available in the cloudy yet sharp off-white Sea Salt or our green and white-striped tie-dye Carcanet Wash Olive, the Bawd Top exemplifies the relaxed yet complementary feel a versatile tee needs. Pair with the Ward Skirt, featuring a ruched hem and mini skirt cut in a deep green “Nori” hue. This look would be super cute with sandals and a mini backpack (the hottest accessory around) during the day, and would wear well into the night with some higher heels and statement jewelry to make the whole thing pop!
In buttery yellow Charlock Pigment, the Aemilius Bermuda brings us all the sunshine, even on cloudier, more humid summer days. A stretchy pull-on waist and grommet-detailed pockets prevail throughout this shortened-pant, elongated-shorts style. Because why not show off those fabulous calves? A tee and some tennis shoes, or some strappy sandals and an oversized button-down–if you’re bold–would pair beautifully with Aemilius, keeping you cool yet covered as the day rolls on!
The same goes for our Benji Balloon Skirt, a gorgeous novelty piece that takes us to new heights! A pleated and gathered structured piece with pockets, midi length, and paper bag waist make Benji super wearable and practical while maintaining some ballgown inspiration when worn in Craft Pigment. Tuck your Kent Top, slick back that hair into a chic bun, grab a clutch, slip on some pumps, and you’re totally ready for a night of drinks with the people you love!
When a slight chill hits the air on those gilded Summer evenings, grab the Ludie Ruffle Jacket for a touch of athletic meets elegant. A ruffled double hem, collar, and cuffs elevate this three-quarter length, zippered jacket into a piece that brings on the charm! Made of our–you guessed it–Light Linen featuring jersey panels, Ludie shows her stuff in our newer simple, clean White.
This look could easily be substituted with the Yancy Skirt in plant-inspired, muted green Irish Pigment, a color that truly reminds us of the natural beauty warm weather brings about. A handkerchief hem and ring-snap cargo pockets show off on this knee-length skirt, solidifying Yancy as a fluid, flexible daywear-to-nightwear selection. Slip on an oversize blazer if you want to get extra funky with it, or stick to a lighter option, like our Ludie Ruffle Jacket, for a streamlined look with plenty of panache!
Whichever long-living pieces you choose, our New Arrivals show off just how well sporty-inspired pieces can blend with a wardrobe of reliable, elevated staple pieces. You can rest easy and work hard, knowing your clothes will take you all through your days and nights, keeping you feeling fresh and refreshed. You shouldn’t be resigned to changing your clothes three, four times a day just because it’s hot out now! Your clothes should work for you, not against you, and last across many occasions and circumstances. Our plush linens and absorbent, breezy jerseys combined with carefully-structured, airy silhouettes make for clothes that can stand the test of time–whether it’s just for a long day or for years to come.