With the arrival of the High Summer collections, the PORTER team is embracing a sartorial sunshine state of mind (whatever the weather may be). Even better, vacation season is in sight, meaning we’re turning our attention to warm-weather dressing for both home and away. Of course, keeping cool and looking stylish in the heat is often easier said than done, but there are a few fail-safe tips that will ensure you get maximum ROI on your summer wardrobe. The key is to put together a capsule closet that will work just as well in the city as it does by the coast, and then use accessories to switch up your look. Swimwear may not be an obvious place to start, but choose wisely and it needn’t be reserved for just the beach or pool. Case in point: Bottega Veneta’s zesty lime and kiwi-green swimsuit. With its graphic print and halterneck cut, this bold one-piece can be worn as a striking top with skirts, shorts and pants, and makes an eye-catching statement peeking out from beneath shirts and jackets.
“Summer is the opportune time to experiment with color and print, and if you find the prospect a little daunting, swimwear is a great starting point,” says fashion editor Marquessa Whyte. “Bottega Veneta’s graphic green swimsuit is the perfect investment. Along with being fabulous to look at, the textured seersucker fabric is incredibly flattering on. Style it with a crisp linen shirt, chunky black sandals and Chloé’s canvas bucket hat for a modern and effortlessly chic beach ensemble.”
As for the rest of your capsule closet, timeless separates in high-quality fabrics will serve you for years to come and always look effortless, while a neutral color palette will help take the decision-making out of packing, as pieces can be easily mixed and matched. Made from breathable hemp, Vince’s wide-leg white pants are destined to become a wear-on-repeat staple when the mercury rises. Team them with Tibi’s cotton-poplin navy shirt and Balenciaga’s platform flip flops for laid-back daytime polish, then switch it up for evening with Reformation’s ankle-tie sandals. Chunky gold hoops by Bottega Veneta and a raffia bag by Saint Laurent are the perfect finishing touches.
To inject some sunny escapism into your wardrobe wherever you are in the world, playful accessories in bright colors never fail to do the trick. We love Éliou’s ‘Rhye’ necklace, which is strung with vibrant green discs and a freshwater pearl, and the brand’s ‘Dona’ bracelet featuring uplifting floral and smiley-face motifs. Of course, nothing says summer quite like Loewe’s cult collection with Paula’s Ibiza – its leather-trimmed printed pouch is illustrated with colorful bottle caps in a nod to blissful picnics on the beach.
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