These days, it’s all about the “sun’s out, guns out” mentality, even when that first glance outside your window is misleading. I can’t even begin to tell you how many mornings I’ve stepped out into the brilliant sunshine wearing a dress, only to discover that the temperature hadn’t even broken 50 degrees yet. But Carleton students aren’t complaining. Most Carls now sport flushed cheeks from those afternoons spent on the Bald Spot, studying or playing frisbee. Tales of funky tan lines and sunburn ease their way into daily conversation. After all, it is spring term.
One of my favorite ways to express this idea of the impending summer season is through fashion that alludes to long days spent on the beach, sans bathing suit. You can accomplish this through the hue of your shirt and shorts; blue is always a naval favorite. Stripes are very chill as well — don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that horizontal stripes are a faux pas because this Fashionisto pulls them off perfectly! I also love the varying thickness of the summer-colored stripes. His top is so much more than just a basic striped tee.
When looking for a classy pair of casual shorts, try colored chinos like these from Urban Outfitters. With a breezy shirt on top, your shorts will look polished without seeming too serious for fun in the sand.
I’m starting to see less flip flops these days. I’ve been told they don’t have the best soles for your feet, and they usually make an outfit like this look too sporty or casual. A better alternative? Jesus sandals! Also known as Birkenstocks.These have just enough swag to be cool and leisurely without looking sloppy.
And then there’s the finishing touch — his belt. Here we have an exotic weave and pattern. With the ensemble, it’s that slightly secretive accessory that gives the outfit a spark of ingenuity and personality.
Hint: Looking for other tropical hues? Nautical (blue, red and yellow), sunset (orange, pink, red and yellow) and neutral (tan, white and taupe) are other combinations to try when seeking out your beachy stripes. And remember that boys can definitely work mint green too!