With August just days away, summertime and the window for wearing swimsuits seems to be coming to close. You might have already put away your suit for the season or you might be planning on being in or near a pool till mid-October (as is the case for most Texans) - whatever the case, it's not too early to start thinking about getting a fresh piece of swimwear for 2016. Think I'm talking crazy? Let me explain...Moda Operandi is hosting some of the best swimwear designers and their 2016 Resort Collections in their current trunkshow lineup. (keep reading to see some of my favorite suits on the site!)
Knowing that Cover Swim (the sun-conscious line of swimsuits and clothing by my friend Lisa) was going to be part of this round-up means that I’ve been watching the site like a baby hawk. Cover’s cool collab with GLASS – a men’s line of swimwear line by designer John Glass known for their inventive and bold prints – features three styles of suits and three fun prints. The Cover x GLASS suits are exclusive to Moda and my love for the suits makes me pretty positive I need one for myself. I already have a long-sleeve one piece suit by Cover (seen in the photo above from the collaboration with Gray Malin!) so I’m thinking the Nami one piece could be a fun and practical addition for me…
In addition to Cover, there are several other knock-out swimwear collections you need to take a look at. Marysia Swim (you know her best for her sweet scallop suits), Clover Canyon (bold and graphic prints galore), Made by Dawn (Cali cool meets sexy and feminine), and Cynthia Rowley (hello, her wetsuits? too good) are my other favorites with great options.
If you’re unfamiliar with how Moda Operandi works, most all the collections in the trunkshows are preorder – so you pay for half the price now, and once the item(s) are delivered you pay the remaining half. For the resort swim collections, the delivery times vary from August (yay that Cover comes early!) to end of fall/late spring (November through February). Each piece shows an estimated delivery date and the deposit amount.
When I think of summer clothing - I usually envision lots of white (jeans, tops, dresses), bright bursts of color and fun patterns, and easy shapes that keep one cool as the heat climbs higher. I definitely wear a lot of lighter colored items (examples: yesterday's white romper and last week's light blue dress) in the summer months but I also like to wear a good amount of black. It can feel backwards to wear black, black and more black when it's blazing hot out but as long as the pieces are loose, lightweight, comfortable, and breathable I have no issue. In fact, I say the darker the better. So if you're sweating in all this heat but don't feel like pastels match your summer mood, I have three looks all with black-colored summer staples from Old Navy I hope will get you in the mood to dress on the dark side.
Look One: I’ve been binge-buying stripes like it’s my job. This dress kind of has stripes but the jacquard detail helps it feel more textural than graphic. I probably wouldn’t typically go for the gathered and A-line skirt style but the relaxed fit keeps it loose and really ideal for summer. It’s been a perfect dress for wearing causally with flip flops or making a little more “fancy” with wedges.
Look Two: black shorts were on my list of “to find” when I started the summer. The one pair in my closet were from my college days and let’s just say I outgrew the tight and short style of them…I’m pretty obsessed with these high-rise shorts for their soft fabric and tailored pleats. Having a pair of shorts that aren’t skin tight are most ideal when it’s a billion degrees out (exaggeration, but you get it). I love that the belt can be tied in a feminine bow or sloppy knot depending on what vibe I’m going for. I’ve paired these guys with tshirts and fitted tops but love how they look with the super soft sueded tank. The shorts might have a good amount of slouch but they still work with a loose tank because of the belted waist situation.
Look Three: the style of this swing dress is one I buy almost every summer. A basic, little black cotton dress is something any girl can transform with various accessories and get a lot of miles out of. The A-line skirt and high-neck scoop top makes for an extra flattering look I reach for again and again when I “don’t know what to wear” but just want to stay cool while looking cool.
"After a sweltering weekend, we're looking at a sweltering Monday" - direct quote I just heard from the morning news meteorologist. If you live in Texas you already know that the heat has been a go-to conversation. It's hard to not complain when standing outside for longer than 5 minutes makes you look like you just got out of a shower. At least we are all suffering together? The best way to bear the 90+ degree temps is to wear less clothing, spend lots of time in pools, or stay inside. This lace romper has been a nice light and breezy choice to wear along with the invisible, but extremely present, sweater of heat and humidity that's been my constant extra layer.
Rompers take the guesswork out of matching a top and a bottom but offer more coverage than a dress with the short-style bottom. Even though you have to get naked when you go to the bathroom, the style is a great summer staple. This romper is especially great for high heat because the white color and lace texture do wonders for camouflaging sweat. Does that make me sound disgusting? It’s hot, I tell ya! I’m sort of terrible for talking about my love for this romp when it’s currently sold out – but I linked some similar and equally fab options below!