Style

Kayu Edit # 2

My Kayu journey began last spring when I purchased a tote named Behati (since sold out). Although I’m not in the market for anther straw tote right now, I check the website periodically to update my wish list. Keeping my lists current for all of my favorite brands is one of the most enjoyable aspects of my job as a blogger. Four of the items I’ve rounded up are sold out at the moment, but I reckon they’ll be restocked. I realized in my stalking of the Arianne clutch that items disappear and reappear online like the California tide. You simply have to keep a watchful eye.

Works Sighted

St. Tropez tote (black) // mini Sur tote + mini tote liner (cream) // Athena sandal (gold)

St. Tropez tote (cream) // Athena sandal (black) // mini St. Tropez tote (cream)

Athena sandal (natural) // Sur tote // mini St. Tropez tote (black)

How to Wear Black in Warm Weather

Some say wearing black in summer makes you hotter, and some say it makes you cooler. When I told my mom that I was going to write a post on the topic, she said, “You’re going to roast them. Stick to the light colors.” She agreed that it’s ok to wear this shade when the sun goes down, but she wasn’t sold on the idea of wearing it when, as I’d phrased it, “it’s not too hot.” If I’d been more specific with the range in temperature to which I was referring, perhaps I could have made a better case for wearing it during the day.

In addition to wearing black when the sun goes down, I don’t see anything wrong with wearing a little black dress or other article of clothing made from breathable fabric if the high stays below 80° F. If you’re going to be stuck in the office for most of the day, wearing black seems like the least of your worries. If the temperature in your workplace is regulated and/or your desk is located away from a window, the issue is far less relevant. If you’re in Germany, you probably have access to a functioning window at work; lucky you! For those who can’t see the sky from their desks, the sun isn’t going to know or care what you wear to your workplace. If you’re in the cloudy UK, wearing black in summer is a nonissue.

Other black items that can be worn during warm weather include a swimsuit at the beach or by the pool, sandals, and accessories. A straw bag with black accents, like this one from Kayu, is aesthetically pleasing and a bit unexpected.

Works Sighted

Nautica polo dress // Castañer Carina 60mm wedge espadrille // Kayu mini Behati tassel straw tote (old)

Further Reading

How to Wear Black in Summer (Net-a-Porter)

Should You Wear White or Black on Hot Days? Here’s the Data (Wired)

Rent the Runway

Dresses from Rent the Runway

In my former social life, I used to consult Rent the Runway’s website in preparation for parties that warranted the purchase of a new dress. Founded in 2009, the company is in the business of renting out designer clothes (primarily dresses). RTR’s most admirable quality: a wide selection of dresses in a generous range of sizes. I’ve come close to placing an order plenty of times but still have yet to experience the service first-hand. I use the site primarily as a source of inspiration when it comes to social wear.

I can’t say that I have plans to become more social in the in-person sense of the word, but my return to the office may be more imminent than I’d previously thought. While commuting to work isn’t exactly a celebration, getting dressed in an outfit that brings me joy every day certainly is. I’m currently conducting an inventory of my closet. My goal is to determine which pieces to retire, what attire to buy, and which dresses, if any, I should rent. I see the joy putting on a designer dress could potentially bring me. If I’m going to take public transportation, I could at least do it in Armani—even if it’s only for a week.

Works Sighed

Derek Lam Collective // Slate & Willow (RTR private label) // Donna Morgan // Derek Lam Collective

Dress the Population // Emporio Armani // JS Collection // Milly

The Nautica Polo Dress

Navy polo dress with navy Superga sneakers.

You’ll recall that I started searching for casual warm-weather dresses in February. For me, the ideal dress was comfortable enough for lounging but also polished enough for the brunch table. The athletic/athleisure dress offered the best of both worlds. I considered a wide range of options and eventually settled on a polo shirt dress by Nautica. It first appeared on the blog last month when I paired it with a skirt. Having purchased five of these dresses (3 navy, 1 black, and 1 white), I can confirm its 4.6/5 stars on Amazon were rightfully earned. My only qualm: The white dress is a little see-through and should be paired with the appropriate underthings. Overall, this dress is very versatile, comfortable, and the fabric is forgiving and breathable. Add a pair of Supergas or espadrilles, and my summer uniform is set.

Works Sighted

Nautica polo dress // Superga 2750 Cotu Classic

Cotton Masks from J.Crew

Masks from J.Crew

I recently bought a pack of three masks from J.Crew and liked them so much that I ordered two more packs. They are rather pleasant to wear (as long as it’s not 90°), and they smell wonderful when washed with Tide. I might be returning to the office in the near future. Thus, figuring out my face covering situation was of the utmost importance. Will you be returning to in-person work?

Works Sighted

J.Crew tie-back masks (quartz ivory kiwi)

J.Crew masks (banker blue hydrangea) // J.Crew masks (black khaki navy) // J.Crew masks (blue navy)

J.Crew tie-back masks (orchid ashen quartz)

Impulse Buying

Black and khaki outfit

Impulse buying often carries a negative connotation. The act of making an unplanned purchase is generally considered irrational, irresponsible, and something to be avoided. I, on the other hand, disagree. A few of my most loved pieces were acquired through impulsive transactions. My most recently impulse buy: this skirt from Banana Republic Factory. I knew I had to have it the moment I laid eyes on it.

The item is an online exclusive, but I stumbled upon it at the Chestnut Street location. There was only one in the store (probably a return), and after trying it on, I decided that I needed to go a size up. An associate offered to order it for me; the process was incredibly quick and so was the shipping. This skirt fits my personal style to a tee; it’s A-line and has pleats and pockets. Truth be told, I probably would have ordered a second skirt in black if it hadn’t been sold out.

Making impulsive purchases isn’t a habit of mine, but sometimes when an item of clothing speaks to me, I know that we are meant to be. The question remains: How does one impulse buy responsibly? Making room in your budget for these types of purchases is key. You shouldn’t be impulse buying at Gucci if you can’t pay your rent. The maximum amount that I am willing to spend on an impulse buy is somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 USD. If you cannot set a price limit for your surprise purchases or refrain from gifting to yourself too often, impulse buying isn’t for you.

Works Sighted

J.Crew puff-sleeve top (old) // Banana Republic Factory skirt // Castañer Carina 60mm Wedge Espadrille