Summertime Blues

DENIM: THE NEW SUMMER WARDROBE STAPLE

Styling and men’s grooming by Abdiel Gonzalez
Photography by Philip Pietri
Women’s hair and makeup by Yolanda Floyd at Salon Salvatore
Models: Kate D. and Tyler C. of Modern Muse

This year, summer fashion takes a stylish seaside vacation. Come along and enjoy classic American influences as the season’s color palette and prints take the lead, highlighting some familiar looks and turning heads with some not-so-familiar fabrications. Start curating your summer wardrobe now, as the summertime heat is setting in. Go for a classic regatta stripe in place of the typical horizontal motif. Taking its cue from the classic Italian boat racing culture, this vertical stripe pattern will not only modernize your summer look and visually elongate your body, but will pair perfectly with the season’s most popular fabric: denim.

Not seen as the typical summer fabric, denim and chambray have taken over this season as the new summer neutral. Deep indigos and faded hues of blue serve as the perfect backdrop to standard seasonal prints. The key to making it through a 90-degree summer day sweat-free in jeans or a chambray Oxford is to pick breathable denim that is 100 percent cotton; synthetic stretch fabrics trap heat and moisture.

After creating a timeless summer look with this season’s wardrobe staples, dig into your clothing archives and splash a pop of bright summer color by layering basics and accessories. You’re sure to be the center of attention on your seaside vacation this year.