School’s out! Whether you are a parent, an uncle, a sibling, or a kid, you know the feeling of June: it’s summer and you are free! You are free to have fun, kick back, and wear whatever the heck you like. But there are rules! Especially when it comes to fashion, there are some summer fashion rules that must never be broken.
One of the staple rules of summer fashion is Never Wear White Shoes Or Pants Before Memorial Day (or is it Easter? Either way, we’re in the clear now – don we now our white apparel). People say this fashion rule is ancient history, but moms everywhere will tell you “Never before Memorial Day or after Labor Day.” Wearing white out of season is kind of like wearing a straw hat in winter – and that would never work here in Vermont, the undeclared fashion capitol of the Northeast. And white shoes are always tricky, no matter what season it is. Unless you are the Duchess of Cambridge or the Big Lebowski, white shoes just look silly.
Another great summer fashion rule is Socks and Sandals. The rule used to simply be Don’t Do It! But once considered a high crime of summer fashion, the Socks-and-Sandals Statement has made its way into the acceptable mainstream. Granted, most of that mainstream is in the U.K. (the Guardian and The Telegraph scooped this fashion faux-pas-turned-teenager-trend) where brollies and wellies are always in style. That stream seems to have jumped its banks. The Olsen twins, Mary Kate and Ashley, are the American spearheads for the resurgence of this octogenarian style here in the Colonies.
And then there’s Boots and Shorts. OK, OK we’re starting to see the trend. There are no more rules of summer fashion. Go ahead. Wear puffy winter coats when the high is above 60; expose your shoulders when the low is below 60, wear Wellies and norts, wear too much makeup at the beach, and sunglasses in the dark. Wear flip flops when you dine out. Anything goes. That’s why we are in the t-shirt business.
It’s summer and you are free!