If you're a fan of the cape/cloak trend that's been building over the last few seasons, you'll love Lindsey Thornburg's collection. Namely, for giving us the option to still wear a cloak in the summertime. These super soft, wool cloaks lack the tailoring of a proper winter garment (not that you couldn't cuddle into one when it's freezing) and so can be worn year round. In addition to their versatile tailoring, the cloaks also come in vibrant prints, like 'Tex Mex', that are cut-off-shorts-and-sandals appropriate. The prints were inspired by a trip to Machu Picchu, where Thornburg noticed "the versatility of the Highlanders attire". With cloaks in three different styles, each offered in six different wool prints, we think Thornburg did a great job manifesting that inspiration for her stateside clients.
One of the most visible trends that erupted from Fall 08 fashion week in New York was the hat trend. When something is so clearly on it's way to the forefront of fashion, and we've still months to go before the collections hit the stores, there has to be a way to make due. Luckily, hats for Fall 08 came in all shapes and sizes and so finding one for Summer shouldn't be too difficult. On a practical note, wearing a hat in summer has countless benefits including protection from the sun and a solution those limited clothing options when it's ninety degrees outside. That said, here are our favorite hats for Summer 08, some for the beach and some that might actually take you straight into the Fall trend.
Our network partner, Wardrobe Oxygen, gave her reader's a practical run-down on buying a one-piece at a reasonable price. The post, which covers the one-piece veterans like Lands End and J. Crew, made us think of how many other brands are kicking it into gear with one piece suits. Thankfully, the one-piece swimsuit trend is being embraced by women of all shapes and sizes, no longer pitting us into corners of the slim versus curvy divide that swimwear often punctuates. Check out Wardrobe Oxygen's post on the classic one-piece finds, and our spread below, of some high end and indie offerings.