Brunch is a weekend ritual I look forward to all week. There is nothing else quite like it.
A time to sip coffee and mimosas while unwinding; catching up on the non-business happenings of the week, and see a lot of friends and colleagues outside their usual surroundings.
So how do you blend the comfort of your weekend sweats with the need to look presentable, but not overdressed? The key is balancing comfort with structure. Here are some ideas and two sample outfits guaranteed to wow everyone this weekend:
#1 – Thin and breezy.
We all know when you go to brunch there will be at least a 20-minute wait and most of that time will be spent outside. As the temperatures rise, no one wants to spend that wait time sweating so instead of co-opting a menu to use as a fan, beat the heat with a lightweight natural material like cotton, jersey, silk or linen.
#2 – Give your jewelry a break.
Standing outside in the sun is not the ideal time to wear an arm full of bracelets or a heavy necklace, but you still need something to polish your look and set it apart. Embellished tops are the perfect answer. Whether it’s beading around the collar; down the front or along the cuffs or just a fun print all you have to do is add a pair of earrings and you are set.
#3 – Show a little leg.
Summer is a great time to raise your hemline, even just an inch or two particularly when it comes to pants. Showing some ankle may not seem like a big deal, but it completely changes the look of your outfit and the types of shoes you can wear. When your pants are shorter, you can switch out closed toed, formal footwear for something more casual, comfortable and breathable.
#4 – Leave the flip-flops at home.
Contrary to popular belief and social norms, just because it is warmer does not mean we should wear flip-flops with every outfit. If we want to bare our well maintained, pedicured toes there are plenty of options are that age-appropriate, classier and frankly look better than flip-flops. Leather sandals are one option that still gives you as little shoe as possible but with a lot more sophistication.
Brunch is an institution and optimal time to showcase your sense of style not seen during the week. So, this weekend give yourself and your wardrobe a break, but maintain a sense of decorum and save the tank tops, short-shorts, and flip-flops for the pool or beach.
I am always curious to hear about your wardrobe dilemmas. Email your questions, quandaries and conundrums to Brian@BrianMaynor.com.