You know that increased warmth you’ve been feeling lately? That’s not the smoldering ashes of American democracy (not all of it, anyway); it’s a preview of the lovely months to come! While summer officially starts June 21, temperatures have already hit nearly 90° in NYC — so it seems like the perfect time to share some of my favorite pieces of the season.
This look is a summer standby, but just like “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” I still can’t get quite enough of it. For me, the appeal is in queering an exceedingly normy look; roll up the sleeves on your button-down in a way that says, “Yes, I went to boarding school in Connecticut, and yes, I got kicked out,” and I’ll be yours forever.
As for swim, keep that prep in your step with stripes. They look amazing on everyone. Seriously.
Did I mention stripes? Stripes are a really good look. If you’re not an allover print person, though, you can always mix a striped piece with something in the khaki family. Shit is too easy.
Oh, and anchors are great too!
When it comes to sunglasses, I prefer a Clubmaster (half frame) style over Wayfarers. Don’t fight me on this; I will haunt your dreams. Oh and also, my Baggu canvas weekend bag (like that striped one up there) is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made, so maybe consider that.
Florals? For summer? Groundbreaking, I know. But this is another one of the ways in which I love to see gender messed with, since flower prints are so often associated with femininity. And like, how babely would you look in that suit?
Or one of these suits, perhaps.
Femmes, I didn’t forget about you; you’re going to look awfully hot leaving a trail of broken hearts in your wake.
For beach days, go a little sporty, stick with something retro, or shimmy around in a string-y bikini, because plus-sizes deserve low-waisted bottoms too.
A floral skinny tie is perfect for wedding season, while a cap and Vans will suit your skater streak — and don’t get me started on these big ol’ branch hoops.
It’s been a long, gray winter, and I don’t know about you, but my plan is to make it a long gay summer! I’m going to reclaim the joy that wearing color brings me, and I hope you’ll do the same (ideally in that mesh tee).
Hit the pool in a Kelly green Speedo, or keep it cool in an aqua ensemble.
I’m pretty print-crazy, but one thing I love about solids is how they lend themselves to more architectural shapes, like this jumpsuit and dress. Sigh.
(I mean, what did I just say? Look at all these shapes!)
Finally, when it comes time to accessorize, give it a go with some Yves Klein blue shades, a highlighter-hued backpack, or some fuchsia flats.
Oh, and one more thing: I’ve tried to be as inclusive as possible in this guide with regard to size, budget, and gender expression, but I definitely didn’t hit every intersection — so if you see something you like that’s out of your size or price range, give me a shout in the comments and I’ll do my best to find you something similar.
You’re all about to fuck me up this summer with how cute you are; I just know it. See you in the sunshine!