Just Add Summer: Essentials for Sun-Drenched Shores

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By Roxy Rowton

At the height of summer when the days are long and sundrenched, plan an escape to the beach. During the summer season, dress codes get scaled down in tone and mood, but for a getaway to the beach, dress yourself in style fundamentals suggestive of the geographical shores and terrain of the Atlantic coastline. Merely simplify your warm-weather attire by incorporating easy pieces that translate into summer’s carefree spirit of relaxed silhouettes and unexpected details:

  • Add summer’s prettiest palette of cool whites, deep blues, palm greens, sunshine yellows and a seasonal-infused spectrum of mandarin, lavender and rosé.
  • Incorporate summer’s softest shapes and natural textures of knobby canvas, gauzy linen, exotic reptile embossed leather and woven straw or raffa.
  • Add summer’s feather-light textiles of breezy cotton, gauzy linen and diaphanous silk.

Simple style staples are the ideal adventure companions. Just add summer’s quintessential style staple—an elevated tee of ultra-soft pima cotton. Wear it with a distinctly utilitarian short in durable cotton canvas or a cropped pant in sturdy mid-weight linen. Include sneakers and a straw hat for much needed shade from the strong summer sun.

Laze away a summer day by treating yourself, family or girlfriends to a daylong picnic at the beach: the perfect outing to don garments of ultimate comfort and ease. Just add summer’s effortless and sun-seeking essential—a feather-light and breezy cover-up. Wear it over a swimsuit or layer with an ultra-soft tank and gauzy culottes. Include other sun-seeking essentials, such as a canvas tote, an oversized straw hat, comfy espadrilles and sunscreen.

Dining to the lull of the ocean and under the canopy of twinkling stars is a romantic setting for a meal by the sea. For a taste of summer, nothing captures the essence of style as much as a fresh design with feminine details. Just add summer’s carefree silhouette and unexpected elements—a relaxed airy sundress— one that embodies movement and represents beauty. Opt for a luxurious silk crepe or cotton sateen. Wear it with an exotic reptile embossed leather sandal and pair it with a clutch in a yummy shade of mandarin, lavender or rosé.

Let the carefree spirit of summer and the Atlantic coastline be your guide to getting dressed from sunup to sundown.


Wardrobe and style consultant Roxy L. Rowton (rlrowton@everydayrefinement.com) spends much of her workweek in the closet or the fitting room helping women look and feel their very best. She has two-plus decades in the fashion, apparel and beauty industries.



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