“It’s a smile, it’s a kiss! It’s a sip of wine, it’s summertime!
Growing up in India, summer was literally the work of the devil. The Catholic girl in me was told long tales about the embers of hell, but I really couldn’t see how it could be any fiercer than a searing mid summer day. I am pretty sure I speak of most Indian girls here, that the last thing summer ever represented was a spring in anyone’s step. Fashion? Not on on anyone’s mind. Nobody was thinking of peplums and skirts, as long as we could keep the perspiration and sun strokes away. Our lives were anyways programmed to stay indoors, and postpone all work to past sunset or even better to a few months (I’m pretty sure the indoor hibernation resulted in some fancy pyjamas though). Plus, with the standards for female modesty to boot, you’d be forgiven if a look at us would make you believe we were in Siberia, when all one wanted to do was to wear a tank top and a pair of shorts. The only fond memory anybody my age had about summer was karaoke renditions of the ‘Summer of ‘69’ (yes, for some reason, a cult hit a few decades later among desi millennials). From there, my first stop in the USA was Texas. Out of the frying pan, into the fire. Literally, yes!
It was only when I moved to San Diego a few years back, that summer finally got into my good books and how! I was finally at a place where I could let my senses feel the goodness of summer. The stuff in the movies and books finally made sense. Summer is beautiful when it arrives as a season, not as a synonym for brutality. I could finally look forward to peeling off the winter layers and mixing and matching for a nice and sunny day.
Summer is now safely my favorite season, probably one of the best things about San Diego. The sun’s out, yet there’s a slight cool coastal breeze at most times keeping things pleasant. Makes dressing up a real pleasure. And with yet another summer on us, its only fair I catalogue a few of my choices here.
The first dress here is a simple A-line dress which can be easily swapped from the office to a happy hour. I usually wear it to work with a black cardigan or blazer. This is from the boutique store Denim Spot (Direct link to the outfit below) known for making work-to-play outfits.
The details I adore the most here are the vibrant yellow and grey print which screams summer and the cold shoulder-esque flared sleeves. It is an easy breezy dress which pairs well with almost anything, like the yellow pumps i am wearing here. I have worn them with a pair of black sneakers too, and they rock just as well.
Coord sets are all the rage lately. This one here is a set from Bio Newyork. I wonder why it took me a while to get on to these considering coord sets are so easy to work your way around. You’ve basically found a way to outsource your pairing calls to someone else…haha. Don’t we all have those days where you just want to throw in something so easy and not have to think about it? This one fit that mold perfectly, and I wore this to the beach a few weeks back.
The forest print is so gorgeous and makes for a pretty singularly piece. The top here is a halter top with an open back (perfect for showing off your summer tan). The shorts almost look like a skirt and has a hidden zip closure. It is both cute and edgy, a combination I cannot resist.
This one below is a very simple outfit. Less truly is more when you have something like this on. This striped crop top are paired here with a orange bow tie summer pants from @sheinsideofficial (a sweet website I’ve reviewed here).
These evoke casualness & simplicity and gets your vibe into the room before you even get the first rounds of conversation going (hot tip: small talk in San Diego is at a bare minimum, because the usual bugbear of small talk – the weather – is consistently pleasant all through). I use this crop top with a ton of other things; Maxi skirts, shorts, pants (very convenient and comfortable). I’m pairing these here with black caged sandals. All the outfit links are posted below
Do comment and let me know your thoughts on summer and the outfits
Yellow dress from Denim Spot
Coord set (Top) from Bio New York
Coord set (Bottom) from Bio New York
Striped crop top
Mallory pump from Sole Society (On Sale Now)
Vince Camuto caged sandal
Orange Bowtie pants
All images by the brilliant and fun to work with, @urbancell_vault. Do check his feed for great shots and sights.