My friend Andrew, who runs the menswear blog Work Shirts At The Opera, and I recently paired up for a little collage swap of summer style curated by the opposite sex (see mine here!). Andrew’s great at inspiration boards and pulled sartorial cues from film, so it was cool to see a guy’s take on girl’s warm weather looks: especially since most men would show you nothing but a string bikini. This look marries beach bum ease with a pulled-together Montauk sensibility: perfect for NYC girls who don’t really do the surfer look.
While a girl rocking menswear classics like selvedge jeans and oxford cloth shirts can be extraordinarily cool–just look here for proof–summer is the time to ditch the heavyweight denim and reach for something breezy and feminine. Look no further than these brands that nail that look perfectly with an outfit that will take you from SoHo to the beach without missing a beat. Grab some friends, some sunscreen, and a good paperback and hit the beach with plenty of style.
Adjust the layers as necessary: the sexy bikini for sunbathing, drapey tank for grabbing lunch on the boardwalk, and the shirt for when the temperature drops before your nighttime bonfire… or for wherever else your day takes you. We can’t all live in Southern California, but we can at least dress like it.
girl. by Band of Outsiders floral mini skirt ($295)
Rag & Bone new 88 shirt ($255)
T by Alexander Wang tank ($74)
Gilly Hicks Rockdale bikini ($49)
J.Crew skinny classic flip-flops ($16)
Burkman Bros. woven beach bracelets ($30)
Jack Spade dipped industrial canvas coal bag ($195)
Wintercheck Factory time-honored sunglasses ($100)