Don't Wait: How to Dress for Summer Now

Credits: Photo - Anonymous, Styling - Sarah G. Schmidt, Location - Sarah G. Schmidt's home

I’ll admit it, when it comes to spring I’m a bit of a hater. The season, to me, is a just a necessary stopover to the main attraction: summer. 

Why, you may ask? Well it’s a lot of little things. For one it’s bit messy outside and it makes it hard to wear what you want. No one likes to see mud up cream slacks, right? Also the outdoors is not yet full of colourful buds and blooms. It’s a bit dour. If nothing else, my last fault to lie is a pragmatic concern: it’s quite cold still. Brrr.

What’s a stylish guy or doll to do? I say pull out those summer clothes and get ready to wear them. With a few modifications you can start wearing your warm weather gear now. Screw waiting. 

I’ve been a fan of a strong shoulder for as long as I can remember. I’m also a fan of personal choice and style. I once heard that fashion is a bit like a buffet; take what you like, leave what you don’t. Here are a few ideas to get summer off your mind and on your person faster than our wicked Chinook breezes whip into the city.

Fellas, while it’s likely too chilly for those shorts you’re dying to wear on a double digit degree day on some patio slugging beevies, sigh, why not get out the spring jackets? Thin (p)leather or canvas can be layered up with a plaid or zip up hoodie. Or both. When layering go thinnest (undershirt) to thickest (sweater) before your top layer (jacket). Think of it like those Matryoshka nesting dolls. One of the worst feelings is not being able to put your arms down because your sleeves are too jammed by ill-conceived wardrobe sequencing. That must be how Schwarzenegger feels a lot of the time. Sausages too. Oh, meat.

Back to the program, hey Ladies! Are you feeling that slinky strappy slip dress you’ve got hanging in the closet but it’s too chilly yet to wear? Say “F U” to winter by borrowing the trendy turtleneck from winter and wear it under that very dress. Finish the look with exposed high socks with ankle boots. Your new vibe will emanate something like, “Got you good, spring, I’m layered and frankly I don’t give a damn if you think it’s too soon.” Got to live, don’t we?

How about looking south for some holdover inspiration? Way down south to your… feet (you pervert). If you’re ready to defy winter and welcome summer, don a boat shoe or low-rise sneaker sock free with rolled up jeans or slim cotton pants. The feeling of the look reminds me a bit of that late nineties Gap commercial featuring the swing music. The pants silhouette is different, sure, but the spirit remains. Your ankles will thank you for their fresh sneak-a-peek-a-boo.

Aching to wear those wide leg silk slacks? Me. Too. Layer up with a pair of tights and a chunky sweater and go kick some spring ass. Summer will be here in no time. Just think about how good it will feel many months later when the temperature rises you can liberate yourself and remove the layers. Swap out that winter wear for a crisp, boxy crop top and free-as-a-bird legs and tootsies. Don’t wait, modify, and enjoy it now and later. Winning.

If thinking about layering stylishly is too much, one can’t go wrong with a new pair of shades. Now is the time to brush up on the new shapes (His / Her but wear what you want regardless of the section it's in). Whether you choose to invest in a pair or pick up a more budget friendly option, spend time finding the right shades for you. If you’re unsure what the “it” sunnies are for you, call me.

Whatever you do, don’t wait. Do you. Go full on #YOLO with your summer clothes because who’s going to stop you?

And if it rains call in sick and get out the gum boots. Go outside and start puddle jumping with a loved one. Summer style for that one day will have to wait.