Sunday, June 6, 2010

Allez donc vous faire bronzer...sur la plage, sur la plage

Following Memorial Day there is usually a palpable shift in the New York-ness of the City, whereby an influx of vaguely unfamiliar visitors populates the island vicinity, while Manhattanites make an exodus “out East” or “upstate”. It’s a bit of an Alien planet feeling.

Rather pleasantly this weekend, however, it seems Manhattan welcomed visitors and residents both. There’s been a happy coexistence on the sidewalks and in stores, and everyone is out shopping. It’s steamy and hot, but with a strong wind coming off the trees. It’s a climate conducive to walking the neighborhoods in search of interesting new items one can only wear when the weather gets like this – that is to say oppressive, but solidly summer. The mission: to find what will keep us feeling light as air and ready to take all the season has to offer.

Debut was well prepared, having ordered in advance a variety of easy, sleek t-shirting options. Draped racerback tank dresses by SHIN are perfect for workday wardrobe fatigue** – they’ll glide on easily and instill a put-together sense of self, particularly paired with high wedges. The new Brazilian label, UMA, offers sheer, asymmetric tanks that appear intricate from afar, but on the body exude an ineffable, languid cool. With these separates we’ll take Manhattan, the Hamptons, Malibu and our plane ride to the South of France come August.

** And it doesn't hurt that summer's heat coincides with summer's sales - 30-40% off!

* UMA's draped "polkadot" tanks - $95.00 each

Why not throw on the lightest crackled leather Dariya Repina bag? The color and chrome chain pair perfectly with whites...$330.000

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