I like to wear simple clothing most of the time, with a little twist. As Florida summer is about eight months long, I do spend some time and resources on choosing the best, most comfortable, and versatile summer basics. With a twist.
All my summer basics have to be washable, and not need ironing. (I don’t own an iron; even my linen pieces are washed in cold water, dried on low for a few minutes, then shaken out.) I prefer neutral colors on the lighter end of the palette, but include a bit of navy and black. They have a modern silhouette but – most crucial – I don’t like anything to grab my body. Grazing is what we’re going for here; the average temp will be over 90, and humidity at about 110%.
The formulas that work best for me are: linen or cotton tanks, plus a lightweight knee-length-ish skirt, linen trousers, loose knit dresses, and sandals with a little funk. You know I shop the thrift stores (understatement!) but also will buy new when something sparks joy. In particular, I love Eileen Fisher, Comptoirs des Cotonniers, some J. Crew, Everlane, Modcloth, and Trina Turk.
What are your summer basics?
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