Dog Days of Summer
August 19, 2015
The dog days of summer are upon us. Whether the sultry air and long nights bring you to life or send you running for the A/C, it’s time to flaunt your full-on summer wardrobe—and may it be flirty, floaty and bright. Here’s The Mall at Millenia’s guide to high-summer style in 2015.
It’s hard to remember a time before shorts were an adult summer staple, but sure enough, before 2008, these babies were sadly, for the most part, reserved for sportswear and children. Then Kate Moss revolutionized all of our wardrobes like only Kate Moss can, wearing denim short shorts with Hunter wellingtons to Glastonbury, and an iconic look was born. These days, there’s a style of shorts for every venue from the office to the beach, but for this summer’s hottest look, which will take you from the street straight to poolside, try a high waist and a soft, flirty fabric, paired with a crop top. GUESS has an excellent selection, like these flirty tropical shorts in black with a bright palm-frond print, or the Ellie short in stylish, tan-enhancing white crepe, with an overlapping design that’s fancy enough to be dressed up or down.
Summer’s also the time for bright prints: there’s no better way to add a tropical tone to your outfit. Plenty of designers take advantage of the season to add florals and other patterns to their repertoires, but Lilly Pulitzer is the perennial queen of pattern. The label’s prints are hand-painted and custom-designed by a talented team of in-house artists and then applied to signature shapes including shift dresses and tunic tops. Our favorites include Seaesta, an eye-popping hot-pink-and-orange pattern inspired by the movement of the sea, and Casa Marina, a similarly sea-inspired print that puts dancing blue-green seaweed alongside waves of coral. Casa Marina is seen here in an on-trend cut-out style; Seaesta in a more classic shift.
And then there are those days when you can’t even contemplate anything but wearing a long, floaty dress to the nearest body of cool, shimmering water and imbibing as much pink lemonade as you can find. If you’re feeling a retro vibe, try Billabong’s solar sun maxi dress, with a long, flowing, gauzy skirt and seventies-style embroidery on the chest. For a truly traffic-stopping look, head to BCBG Max Azria for the Brynna sleeveless pleated maxi dress in pale turquoise. Meanwhile Anthropologie’s silk Horizon maxi dress is the look of the summer for those who want to compete with the landscape itself—and its colors also nod to one of the trends of the upcoming fall season: modern boho.
No summer look is complete without a hat. Celebrity milliner Philip Treacy knows what he’s talking about: “How a hat makes you feel is what a hat is all about,” he says, and this season you need a hat that makes you feel relaxed, effortlessly stylish, and ready for fun. Anthropologie’s Emanuelle rancher, pictured here, was designed by Council of Fashion Designers of America award-winner Eugenia Kim, and combines stylishly rustic straw with a pretty, unusual trim. Or check out Tory Burch’s woven straw Capeline hat, which remakes a classic shape with a stylish, original open weave. What better way to keep both kinds of cool?
You’ll find all these looks and more at The (blissfully air-conditioned) Mall at Millenia in Orlando, Florida.