Family Fashions for Summer
Happy summer solstice! My favorite season is finally here after a long, wet spring and many unexpectedly chilly days. Time to bust out the warmer weather gear, grab your families and celebrate Miss Sunshine with some stylish duds that are comfortable, affordable (speckled with splurges) and definitely prone to immediate dancing in the grass!
Many a mini model protested to taking these off after a recent segment for the Today show, which while never a pleasant experience for the parent, is always a good sign.
Rich leafy prints have never been more on trend, transporting us to lush rainforests, verdant islands, the hot tropics and beyond!
REESE (far left)
Middle sister Reese shows the minimalist way to do it with a knotted top and a Birds of Paradise printed pant along with cute clog sandals. All the girls are wearing pants to show you don’t have to “dress up” to hone in on this Havana style!
Birds of Paradise Pants, $24, littleedgethreads.com
Linen Cross Strap Clog Sandals, $18, oldnavy.com
EMMA (second left)
Emma’s island-inspired, two-piece set highlights a kiddo trend—a crop top with culottes—and is accented with a chic, belt bag for carrying a girl’s must-haves along with gladiator sandals.
Totally Tropical Set, $32, littleedgethreads.com
Round My Waist Bag, $16, littleedgethreads.com
Gladiator Sandals, $19, oldnavy.com
Speaking of leafy prints, this mama looks positively stunning in her breezy palm dress, enabling her to stay cool and calm while chasing after three little ones in comfy, metallic, two-toned sandals.
Polynesian Palm Tori Dress, $110, lspace.com
Icon Joni Sandals $36.99 Malvados.com
LIV (far right)
Baby Liv gives us the retro toss back with an irresistibly classic flamingo print on her handmade romper. This one-and-done summer staple makes it easy to throw on and be all set for the day to move and groove in toddler time!
Lola Romper, $35, MaiTiesBoutique.bigcartel.com
Sueded Pompom Sandals, $15, oldnavy.com
The heat is on finally, and it’s time to hit the waves! To get us there lots of punchy prints, UPF safe swimwear and budget-friendly deals.
Pineapple prints abound this season on everything from swimwear to bags and shoes. This affordable set features one with a smile—a welcoming fruit indeed—and lay back with some aloha vibes.
Pineapple Print Anti UV 50+ Swim Set, $28, orchestra.com
Hydro 2.0 Water Sandals, $40, merrell.com
For men, look for vintage-style printed shirts that are super breathable and board shorts that pack a punch of color. This one from Old Navy with UPF 40 costs all of 10 bucks! So often guys buy just one swim short and call it a day, but these come in a ton of catchy colors and prints and for that price, now’s the time to stock up.
Fish Dash Slim Tucker Shirt, $89.50, vineyardvines.com
Red Board Shorts, $10, oldnavy.com
Sperry Original Boat shoes, $94.95, sperry.com
These revolutionary beach towels from Down Under are light, absorbent, quick-drying and most importantly sand-free! I hate it when you go to the beach, and drag home your own personal sand dune.
Sand-free Towels, $59, tesalate.com
Photographic prints are dominating swimwear fabrics, and artistically so from featuring animals to surf scenes to sharks, whales and more. These new water sandals make it easy to transition from human land boy to instant sea creature in a snap.
UPF 50 Rash Guard & swim trunks, from $12, oldnavy.com
New! Merrell Hydro 2.0 water sandals, $40
With pompoms, embroidery, beading and catchy wovens, worldly details are lending themselves to breezy looks perfect for family outings.
FIONA (far left)
An embroidered top with dangling tassels is cool on a warm day when paired with recycled denim and lace-up sandals.
Embroidered Top, $27.90, zara.com
Recycled Denim Shorts, $29.95, gap.com
Black Sandals, $44, Nordstrom Rack
A spacious picnic pocketed dress brings American gingham to the table, while embroidery, a tie-neck and poofy sleeves add playful touches. Don’t forget the embroidered straw tote for hauling around your worldly finds.
Summer Picnic Cotton Pocketed Vici Dress, $48, vicicollection.com
Kayu Fringed Embroidered Straw Tote, $82, theoutnet.com
Starlet Jeweled Heel, $30, vicicollection.com
Since not all summer days are hot, a pant alternative on this model has an elastic waist that’s easy to take on and off along with an sleek, open rope belt. I couldn’t ignore this season’s obsession with yellow in the form of this super soft ink-stamped shirt that’s soft enough to sleep in.
Limited Edition Printed T-Shirt, $16.90, zara.com
Limited Edition Flowing Trousers, $29.90, zara.com
Striper II Sneaker, $40, sperry.com
This stylish Ikat-patterned shirt is modernly asymmetric atop graphite grey shorts and matching Sperry sneakers. Following our global theme, the hat? Picked up from a street vendor in Italy.
Odyssey Linen Shirt, $57, privilegeclothing.ca
Twill Shorts, $24.99, hm.com
Striper II CVO Suede Sneaker in Grey, $74.95, sperry.com