Happy summer solstice! The sun is out the breeze feels great and it’s finally time to break into that closet of tangy warm weather hues. People often choose white as their go to summer shade, the color that’s only â€œallowedâ€ a certain number of months per year. But instead of stocking up solely on the white on the white-hot trend, allow yourself to float away on a tranquil sea of cool blues. Like a cloudless summer sky or a deep, crystalline ocean, infusing blues into your summer wardrobe is a surefire way to keep cool while still looking hot.
Get girly with one of the most popular, and practical shapes of the season. Call it what you will â€” a romper, jumper, or playsuit but this fun, no-fuss silhouette can take you from the beach to the weekly street fest to happy hour in one quick fix. Fashioned out of dusty blue chambray, this comfy number is practically playwear for grownups and lightweight enough to last all day in the heat. Rag & Bone toughened up the sweetness of the piece with a zipper and leather accessories, while See by Chloe‘s version embraces its femininity with retro sleeves and pearly buttons. Whether you choose to dress it up or down, the denim color provides a neutral palette that would make any color pairing a great fit.
Summer is all about experimenting with bold patterns and hues. Feel free to stray from the mundane palette of solid colors for your next dressy affair and pick a flirty frock splashed with a spectrum of refreshing blues. These one-shouldered numbers have a touch of whimsy in their colors, resembling the cascading motion of water. Nicole Farhi‘s rippling spectrum is a perfect pairing with the sophisticated silhouette of the dress, which, when coupled with a blazer would be a homerun for work. BCBG Max Azria‘s artful number channels Monet’s placid ponds, but is more fitting for evening with sexy swatches of sheer fabric.
As Chicagoans, even when amid the sweltering heat of mid-summer, it’s always best to have a layer close by in case of rain or plummeting temperatures. But it can be tough to pick something to throw over an outfit without compromising its fabulousness. That’s why a crisp blazer in a nautical navy can be your best friend from the first buds of spring to the first fallen snow. Worn with jeans, khakis, dresses, or shorts, it comes off looking polished and effortlessly chic. The father of classic American fashion, Ralph Lauren, lends his impeccable tailoring to his slim-fit style. DKNY pairs her similar version with a blousy tank and shorts, resulting in a differentâ€”yet equally elegantâ€”look. Pair down the volume of a full-skirted dress or glam up a casual romper; any way you look at it, a tailored navy blazer is one of those multi-seasonal staples worth the investment.
What better way to make a statement than with a head turning, traffic-stopping, neon blue swimsuit? Playful, flirty and completely fun are the ways to describe this shocking shade of electric turquoise. Despite its glaring intensity, the turquoise color complements just about every skin tone on the beach, so you’ll keep looking gorgeous from base tan to bronze goddess. The D Squared2 number shows off its ultraviolet rays, which stand out despite chunky accessories and a whole other fabric. But without anything to compete with, Zimmerman‘s embellished number has a shock value that’s off the charts, made that much interesting with cut outs and scale-like accents. Not for the faint of heart, these suits exude a look-at-me confidence that everyone not wearing it will surely envy.
No matter what shade of blue best fits your fancy, there’s something for every woman looking to drench herself in deep-sea fashion this summer.
1. Chambray Jumpsuit
Runway: Rag & Bone Spring 2010 RTWÂ
Realway: See By Chloe Chambray Playsuit $240
2. Blue Multi Printed Dress
Runway: Nicole Farhi Spring 2010 RTW
Realway: BCBGMAXAZRIA Runway Printed Band Dress $378
â€¨3. Lightweight Navy Jacket
Runway: Ralph Lauren Spring 2010 RTWÂ
Realway: DKNY Two-Button Jacket $149.99
4. Bright Turquoise Bathing Suit
Runway: DSquared2 Spring 2010 RTWÂ
Realway: Zimmermann Laced Strapless Swimsuit $290â€¨
Runway Photos: NYMag
Image Layout: Laura Funk