1. Lola Glasses 2. Rio Grande Clogs 3. Louella Hat 4. Matilda Dress
Oh, my. It’s the end of June, isn’t it? How did that happen so fast? This week is the official deadline for taking one beautiful, sunny day to play hookie. Gorgeous days never feel so good, nor are so enchantingly delicious, as when they are enjoyed when you are absolutely supposed to be doing something far less enjoyable. The warm salt air, cool breeze, and sun-saturated sand of the beach are all the more devastatingly beautiful when a cold, florescent cubicle is sitting forlorn and abandoned in a parallel universe. Strawberries are sweeter, ice cream is creamier, minutes and hours are longer and lazier, people are nicer, and the only thing more intensely satisfying than a lemonade from a roadside stand is knowing that it not only tastes of sweet, crisp lemons, but smacks with the dulcet tones of escape. Leave your stilettos and button-downs in the dark shadows of your closet, and shun anything that borders on work-appropriate. Don’t be a slob, though. This is a special treasure of a day, and dressing for it will elevate it to the dizzying heights that it deserves.
If you start with the Lola glasses and build your outfit around these, you’ll be starting off on the right foot. The quirky cat-eye frames are rendered in a creamy, minty shade of pistachio, and the resin bouquets clustered around the edges lend a literal interpretation to “rose-colored glasses”. Get your 400 UV protection while making everyone who looks at you incredibly, inexplicably happy. Ground yourself with the Rio Grande Mid-Heel Clog from Swedish clog staple (PUN INTENDED) Sandgren’s. The mauve suede leather looks super cool with black toenail polish, and the expertly carved alder wood platform sweetly and gently embraces and supports the natural contours of your feet in a whisper-soft way one would never expect from wood. These clogs are a classic for a reason. They are insanely comfortable, and they’re just as practical for a day of wandering down rows of sun-ripened strawberries as they are beautiful enough to pair with an adorable dress.
No one does adorable like Dear Creatures does adorable. The Matilda dress is our most recent acquisition from this line, and as with the rest of their designs, the Matilda is one of those dresses that is casual enough for a lazy, bummy day, and so impeccably well-constructed, flattering, and special that it can be worn for any occasion from an interview to a dinner to a wedding to afternoon tea on the sun porch with the cat. With Dear Creatures, it’s all in the details. Details like thick, soft, durable cotton. Details like contrast piping in all the right places, peter pan collars combined with classic, universally flattering silhouettes, and their trademark thoughtful construction that positions the waistline at the front of the dress ever so slightly higher than the back, which makes their dresses so easy to wear and such unfailingly perfect go-to pieces that you want to pick up every other women’s clothing distributor by the shoulders, shake them, and ask them why they can’t be more like their sister.
Make sure you leave your worries completely behind you by donning a wide-brimmed summer hat. When asked in an interview how she managed to age so well, Elizabeth Taylor once replied, “Hats”. Always wear sunscreen, but also wear a hat. The natural shade it provides won’t melt off with sweat, and it pulls your ensemble together in the super-snappy way that only a hat can. And should you find yourself confronted by a blueberry bush without a pail in hand, a hat makes an excellent berry bucket in a pinch. The Louella hat is the summer hat incarnate, its brim wide enough to cast shade but not so wide it will catch the wind and blow away, and the bowl is deep enough to hold blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and as many wildflowers as you can gather up in your golden arms. You can learn a lot of things from the flowers, especially in the month of June.