Late August is a weird time in the style world. Nights start to get a bit chilly, but days are sweltering. Your summer wardrobe is half folded into boxes for the attic, and the box of sweaters is half unpacked. In other words, most of the Widwest is winter on top, summer on the bottom. Our back-to-school clothes are only partially purchased and choice items are creeping into our everyday wear. In other words, late August is a Fashionisto’s middle ground. How do you work the transition from season to season?
This week’s Fashionisto found the perfect compromise in a preppy, colorful look. His colored shorts are in a bright, summery hue yet are tailored, rather than a sloppy it’s too hot to try pair. A striped shirt is both nautical enough to match the shorts and stylish enough to show the effort; it surfs the middle ground between throwing something on in summer and a studied outfit in the fall. It is most likely a school-year buy, copying the fashionable French yet incorporating it into a laid-back summer. His accessorizing is also a smart mix of summer comfort and school year style. A sailboat printed belt ties the look together with an homage to the Hamptons and Cape Cod without overpowering the eyes. Finally, he finishes strong with a flip flop. Though sandals (or ‘mandals’) tend to be frowned upon, they give the look a sort of unstudied charm, keeping it grounded in the enjoyment of the last few days of summer.
Make it to move-in day in style by elevating your lazy summer looks with a bit of East Coast cool. Switch out swim trunks for tailored shorts in a rainbow of colors—pick one to match your mood. While a polo might turn it into a costume, a plain or striped V-neck in a slim cut will be as soft and light as the sun on your back. Search for belts in fun patterns or bright colors to anchor the look—maybe even literally, anchors! Last but not least, throw on leather sandals to keep you on the go.
Hint: If you just can’t find a pair of sandals you love or that’s just not you, a boat shoe or a chukka will do just as nicely. Just remember, college prep doesn’t mean prepared… so please think about that reading list.