There are a few days of the year that are notoriously considered the best: your birthday, the holidays, the days you take your precious PTO. But one of them that goes underrated? The first warm day of summer. Not the 60-degree ones that are sprinkled in throughout spring but the first really warm one, where it feels like everyone is outside and you can finally sigh and say that, at long last, you made it.
Memorial Day is only a few weeks away, so at risk of jinxing it, we’re saying that it’s officially time to celebrate making it to the best season of the year and get to planning our summer outfits. We can finally say goodbye to the layers of seasons past and hello to color, dresses, and a whole lot more wardrobe fun.
Nobody is more excited to dive headfirst into the season than our editors, so we’re sharing the outfit that each of us is looking forward to wearing on that aforementioned first glorious summer day (and not to brag, but we have a feeling you’re gonna love them).
Through the past couple of months of the dreariest Chicago weather in recent memory (the sun literally hadn’t come out in weeks), my coping mechanism has been turning to bright, fun clothes, regardless of what the weather is. This is going to be my summer of linen shorts (comfy enough to sleep in, cute enough to go out in), and paired with a fun bag and matching tank, I think I’ve got my summer uniform.
–Maddie, Fashion Editor
sunglasses | tank | bag | shorts | sandals
My two favorite words for summer are comfortable and low-effort. Any outfit that requires me to be out and about all day that I still feel comfortable in by the end of the day is a winner for me! I love how easy overalls are and how it can be dressed up with accessories. This outfit works for all of my bottomless brunches, backyard BBQs, beach bike rides, and rooftop happy hours.
– Andi, Social Media Coordinator
tank | hoops | overalls | bag | sneakers
I’m temporarily breaking up with all things denim because I only want to wear matching sets from now on (think: the comfort of pajamas but chic and ready for an OOTD). This set is breezy and can be worn casually with sneakers or dressed up with fun, trendy platform sandals (AKA my favorite way to wear anything).
– Josie, Wellness Editor
sunglasses | matching set | bag | sandals
If I had to pick one summer fashion essential that I wear above all the rest, it would probably be a tank bodysuit. They’re not only super flattering but also easy to wear and style. When I saw that Abercrombie came out with this lightweight cotton one, I knew I had to have it. Paired with my new favorite denim shorts, a breezy linen button-up, and trendy accessories, this combination is the coastal-grandmother-meets-city-girl look of my dreams.
– Jess, Associate Editor
sunglasses | bodysuit | linen shirt | mini tote | shorts | sandals
If there’s one thing that’s true, it’s that I love a matching bike-shorts-and-tank set in the summer. I’ve had my eye on these viral crossover bike shorts for ages now, and it’s officially time I pull the trigger. With a pair of cute sneakers and a belt bag, it’s the perfect day-off uniform for wherever my summer takes me.
– Jessica, Social Media Editor
sports bra | crewneck | belt bag | bike shorts | sneakers
My vibe for this summer is casual and cool. I’ve been wanting to dabble in the low-rise jeans trend without diving in headfirst, and these ones from Abercrombie & Fitch are just the solution. On-trend and within my comfort zone? Sold. This is my ideal “running errands, eating Sweetgreen on the Chicago Lakefront, and meeting friends on Wells Street for a drink” fit that will seamlessly get me from point A to point Z in style.
– Ashley, Branded Content Editor
sunglasses | hoops | tank | bag | jeans | sneakers