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Fresh Additions To My Summer Uniform
3 timeless classics that are back on trend, with a modern twist.
Happy first day of summer! I love summer style in theory, but in practice I’m too hot and lazy to put much effort into getting dressed when the heat index is in the triple digits. Target tank tops and H&M linen shirts reign supreme in my summer weekday uniform, paired with something easy on the bottom + a slicked-back bun and super minimal makeup routine (more on that later).
But I do love to play with a few trends to elevate my everyday basics. There are 3 classics that have made their way back to the top of the trend list this summer, and I’m happy to incorporate their modern iterations into my wardrobe.
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are trending again and we love to see it. I currently have two pairs in regular rotation: a black quilted classic with a slightly square toe that gives Chanel vibes for a tenth of the price; and a modern metallic gold option with a dainty bow that seems to look great with every outfit I’ve tried. (Limited sizes are still available at Zara, and the silver version is just as good).has me convinced that the only thing I need to round out the summer ballet flat trifecta are these crystal mesh flats that pair well with a poppy-red pedicure.
A note: If you’re like me and need more arch support/cushion than a typical ballet flat can provide, add these $13 ‘superior comfort’ insoles to your Amazon cart and drop them into all your favorite flats. Instant sneaker-level comfort.
I’m also here for the return of the…
summer basket bag
inspired by effortlessly cool French girls and presently exemplified by the Prada Panier wicker + canvas bag. If you don’t have $3k to drop into a seasonal accessory, no worries; there are plenty of alternatives on the market for every budget. I bought this Zara mini basket bag for our moms and filled them with fresh flowers for Mother’s Day, and threw an extra one in the order for myself. More great options: under $200, under $100, under $50, and under $25. (The last one is a dead-ringer for the Cult Gaia Ark.)
haven’t been on my radar since 2004 — Jen Aniston’s late 90s orange parachute pants still live rent-free in my head — but it feels like now’s the time to get a few pairs back in my wardrobe as a hot-weather denim swap. For the season, I’m looking for lightweight options like linen, cotton, or lyocell with a relaxed and easy fit; drawstring waists/ankles are welcomed.
These Ganni dupe parachute pants from Mango may be the ticket at under $90. For a more refined option, I’m very tempted by this wide leg style from Reformation, but the Banana Republic Heritage Linen Expedition pant looks promising, too. And if money were no object, I’d spring for these camo Isabel Marant cotton-canvas cargo pants and wear them all summer.
What summer trends have you excited? Anyone else’s brain melting to mush in the heat? I’d also love recs on what we’re watching these days, because the Lennoxes need a new series to dive into. I watched Based On A True Story, and kept hoping it would get better because I loved Kaley Cuoco in the first season of The Flight Attendant, but I think I landed on ‘meh’ by the end. Please drop a comment with your recs!
Product Of The Week
One of my favorite podcasts, Eyewitness Beauty, finishes each episode with the hosts’ product of the week. It can be anything from beauty products to home goods that deserve a little moment in the spotlight. I’m stealing the concept here!
Can’t commit to regular manicures, but want to give your nails an easy glow-up? I have just the thing: Manicurist’s Active Glow treatment polish gives nails a rosy, high-shine glow while treating them with active ingredients to nourish, hydrate, and strengthen. It’s aesthetically similar to the cult favorite Dior Nail Glow but half the price — and with built-in benefits so your nails look better in the buff. (Use code NAILSKEIRA for 15% off!)
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