A lookbook of outfit ideas for the last month of summer
I’ve gone on and on about the drag that was July 2023, so as a make-up for that, here are no thoughts at all. Just outfit ideas (37 of them) for the end of our humid girl summer recently turned kind of cool.
Actually, can I inject one thought? I got this idea sometime mid-last week when I could feel a palpable excitement pulsate through me for an upcoming fall season of gold coats and red boots and ripped jeans that maybe this season has been kind of meh because the broader style cues maintained status quo. Even to the extent that a wackier trend like wearing mesh shoes (heralded by The Row, Khaite, Alaia et al) earned public interest, the trend wasn’t technically new (The Row’s been selling them since 2018).
For the most part otherwise, there was a lot of pointelle, more leather belts, flip flops and comfortable pajama-cum-beach pants.
Trends are often a reflection of where we’re at in the culture (and there are millions of splintering cultures that define our own life-worlds), and maybe the ease with which one could get dressed this summer exactly as they did last year created this sort of Groundhog Day dynamic, which is like death by a million elastic waistbands for anyone in pursuit of creative movement.
Nothing is more refreshing or reinforcing than getting to know a garment in your closet in this totally new way, you know? Recognizing it for the properties you’ve already overturned and exploited and finding that there is still more to it. That was something thrilling about last summer, and even the winter behind us (red tights!!!), and this is kind of how I feel about the fall that is coming. I have this vision of myself in a burnt red sweater with a camel jacket over it and light wash ripped jeans. All the ingredients are already in there, I just haven’t put them together this way before.
But we still have so many days of warm weather to dress for, so here’s a finale lookbook before I take a 3-week vacation.
There’s a toss-off of garments from one look to the next that connects most of them in the below but I did lose the plot 6 or 7 times. Overall the gist is: wants to have fun, prioritizes being somewhat practical and more than anything else, values keeping the kernel of truth at the center of every creative pursuit (no matter how menial) alive. So that’s:…
Item A. What to wear when you want to feel like your clothes are hugging you. This first credit is actually not a credit, but what a shoe! Would you wear them with tights. The tank is from a brand called Chance that doesn’t exist anymore; here is a darker blue striped thing in its place, Beaufille belt, Maria McManus pants (another such hero of the season, right next to these yellow shorts, on account of fit and lightweightiness), Cayumas x Cafe Leandra mary janes
Caro Editions tank (it is Caroline Brasch’s brand), Sea New York cargo pants (I think the Totemes are the best alt for these; these from Matteau might work too) Havaianas flip flops, and a black Edie Parker clutch with a lighter attached. For some reason, every time I have put this outfit on this summer I have felt most honest. Unimpressionable, laid back, kind of feminine, but also cool and ideal to loiter on street corners while waiting for a camp bus full of my kids to return to the city
This is what I look like while I’m grinding my teeth. The vibe is: teenager meets middle-aged divorcee wearing the earnings from the split. (But the pictured “earnings” are mostly from Dorsey)
Kind of fudged this one huh, more like a bridge color palette than anything else with a fancy white single-breast jacket in ivory (not bad) and more Attersee in the shape of silk pants. I’m compelled to suggest these cornflower ones from Vince as their alternative to match a blue button down you probably already own and to contrast your suede fishermans
If you live in a quiet, conservative neighborhood, this is a great outfit to wear if you want to both blend in and gives your neighbors something more interesting to look at. Sessei button-down shirt (dropping in a 5-star rec here too) Caro Editions tank top, Miu Miu underwear and it’s never too hot, too cold, too anything, I guess for a pair of socks with sandals.
Khaite bra is the bridge in this one, styled under a vintage sequined top from The Real Real (one of us needs this leopard Dior polo for $168 but here r two potentially more practical alternatives) with Caro Editions shorts, Wolford socks and Jigsaw suede clogs. Raw footage of an actual outfit I wore to have dinner with my father-in-law.
This basic pairing. I call it: Rosh Hashana lite. (With Valentino heels I bought from this weird Groupon-esque designer shoe site at least 6-7 years ago (here, if you’re a size 5, and here if you prefer to tango), a Loulou Studio skirt (this one is a nice wash and I like how this one is styled) and Soeur button down — it is the best one for more formal occasions when you want something less fluid than LMND’s Chiara) but if you’re good on a white button down, this khaki number caught my eye while doing this market
This was supposed to connect to the look with the pink shirt and black shorts on account of the shoes but the denim skirt interrupted our flow. Other artifacts include: Gabriel Forsach halter top/sarong, Soeur pants. The little black clutch and choice of “mature” jewelry (speaking of which…) were meant to offset the playfulness of the outfit.
Here’s a great comp for the bag — I’m wearing a plain black swimsuit and A.W.A.K.E Mode skirt from a few years ago (this is nice; the current stocked-on-the-big-platforms version of it is this but if you’re going the way of a straight skirt, maybe this Prada number from Resee is more appealing to you) with Jamie Haller ballet flats. They are pretty in this new shade of gold too
Part 2 from the series I’m Going to the Farmer’s Market but Just for A Walk. Etnodium dress, Giuliva Heritage jeans, Havaianas flip flops, Blooming Dreamer bag. Think I mentioned this last week in post but it turns out the ideal-sized bag is about 1/4th narrower than a classic LL Bean tote and maybe an inch or two longer.
This is where I leave you.
Sending love and chest-opening exercises,