From Vanity Fair Fashion Dept.
By Michael Carl
As I put away my winter sweaters and pulled out my shorts and summer tees earlier this week, I thought to myself, “This is going to be the best summer ever.” I was preparing to go on a camping trip to a destination with no cell-phone service, so naturally I didn’t say this aloud to any of my friends. I have seen enough horror movies to know that can only end badly.
It’s not often that I think like this, but something is in the air this year and I can feel it in my bones. So bring it on—the sun, the waves, the beach, the drinks by the pool, and the decadent meals that last too long into the night. I am ready for it all! Here are some seasonal essentials to help you dress the part and make the most of what is destined to be the best summer ever. (I know, I am also a little confused at my newfound optimism. Just roll with it; I am.)
A Chambray Shirt. I don’t know when or how it happened, but suddenly a chambray shirt became a summer essential. It is now totally fine to wear it with jeans as well as with any other kind of pant. This J.Crew chambray shirt is the best one I’ve found; it looks great with the sleeves rolled up for the beach, tucked in your khakis for a casual day look, and with a suit (my personal favorite).
J.Crew Slim Selvedge Chambray Utility Shirt. $98, jcrew.com.
Swim Shorts. If you don’t own a bright-colored swimsuit this summer, you might as well not even go to the beach. I recently fell in love with this swimsuit line called Onia. You can get the trunks in three lengths, depending on how comfortable you are with your legs or how appropriate they are for whatever beach you are on. What fits in on the beaches of Far Rockaway may not be just right for, say, Fire Island. Bonus: if you have a son, they come in matching kids’ sizes. I am getting one for my godson and stealing him away for the weekend, to give Mom and Dad a “break” while I complete my evil plan to become the world’s coolest uncle.
Charles Trunks by Onia. $130, onia.com.
Boat Shoes. I have been trumpeting boat shoes since I started writing Carl’s Crush, and I think they are going to be huge again this summer. So huge, in fact, that I think you need to find a pair that has something a little special so you can stand out from the crowd. These multicolored deck shoes from Lanvin will be suitably unique, plus they’re Lanvin.
Lanvin Leather & Suede Boat Shoes. $775, mrporter.com.