How to Make the Most of Your End-of-Summer Wardrobe

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Take another hit of deodorant and pull out your swizzle straws, it’s time to mentally unpack some outfit ideas for the dog days of summer.

On that note, even though I have so much fun saying it, I’ve never known what “the dog days of summer” really means, so I decided to look it up. According to Wikipedia, “the dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer.” The phrase comes from the Latin dies caniculares, which literally translates to “the puppy days.”

Having just spent the past two months playing with my mom‘s litter of puppies, I can personally vouch for the legitimacy of calling the last full month of summer “the puppy days.” After all, the way humanity seems to collectively experience August — with exuberant, floppy, sweaty, frolicking gusto — is not dissimilar from the way a puppy experiences its first month of life.

The clothes we wear contribute to the aforementioned gusto in significant ways. August is all about balls-to-the-wall summer dressing — your most sunglasses-y sunglasses, your most swimsuit-y swimsuits, your most short-y shorts. Anything and everything to the nth degree. Need some nth degree inspiration? Keep scrolling for a boatload, courtesy of Market Assistant Elizabeth Tamkin.

1. Your Nth-Degree Pool Outfit

In August, going to the pool is about more than just going to the pool. It’s about going to the pool…and having the best time ever. Ergo, here is an outfit you could and should wear to do that — an outfit that will take you from pre-pool to pool to post-pool with the help of a few key accessories. You’ll be starring in your very own Slim Aarons photo in no time.

2. Your Nth-Degree Party Outfit

I love the idea of wearing the (historically) stuffiest kind of necklace — i.e. pearls — during the least stuffy season. It’s just the right amount of contrast to get me from point A to point B, point A being me standing naked in front of my closet deciding what to wear and point B being me dancing on an outdoor patio with an Aperol Spritz in my hand. You could easily swap out the stilettos for a pair of flats depending on the fanciness of the occasion, but do yourself a favor and zoom in on these Cult Gaia gems before you do, purely for the sake of ogling their bamboo heels.

3. Your Nth-Degree Bonfire Outfit

The act of typing the word “bonfire” alone makes me want to go to a bonfire SO BADLY I’m mentally pulling on these perfect-length denim shorts and draping a striped long sleeve T-shirt around my shoulder and huffing great, big breaths of bonfire air as I write this. UGH. Does anything smell more delicious than bonfire air? Fine, a toasted marshmallow, perhaps.

Market by Elizabeth Tamkin; Collages by Louisiana Mei Gelpi.

Harling Ross

Harling is a writer and was most recently the Brand Director at Man Repeller.

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