I did a little bit of shopping when the summer kicked off, but nothing too fancy. I picked up a few new tanks from Old Navy (thank you, Memorial Day sales), cropped work pants via The Loft, and an out-of-season, discounted Zara leather jacket. Clearly, I’m a bargain shopper when I can be (thank you, student loan debt). But, sometimes I like to think big — like really, really big.
When a new season approaches and I feel the itch to drop a ton of money on new pieces, I veer towards filling up online shopping carts with luxury items, some of which cost more than my used Saturn, and not actually purchasing anything. This activity of mine is probably a systematic response to the capitalist society we live in, but I find daydreaming about clothing and accessories I won’t ever realistically buy to be super therapeutic, so…
If I had unlimited income and managed to not get an anxiety attack every time I spent more than $50 on something, these would 100 percent be the items on my summer 2017 wish list.
On sale for nearly $1,500, this asymmetrical hem dress from Mugler isn’t something I could see myself wearing on a daily basis — cut outs don’t really cut it at the office. BUT, that doesn’t mean the piece isn’t versatile. When there’s a will there’s a way. So, whether it be the grocery store, brunch, or lounging around the house, I think I could make it work.
I’m not usually into earrings (I stretched my ears in high school and they never looked quite as cute as before), but these 18kt rose gold and sapphire dragonfly studs from Anapsara are something else. I can picture myself wearing these as a subtle statement with my work wardrobe or a classy event.
While I don’t plan on swimming any time soon (despite years of classes at a community pool I actually don’t know how to float, tread water, or do anything successfully in the water), this one-piece suit from Zimmermann would still be the perfect addition to my beach day.
4. Dion Lee Balance Asymmetric Crepe Tunic
OKAY, I see you Dion Lee. Everything about this look is bomb — the slicked back hair, red stilettos, gold jewelry. But what I really love the most is the high-low hem tunic. Made from black crepe, the top features a classic square neckline and delicate straps. Picture pairing it with leather leggings, a pencil skirt, destroyed denim, etc. It’s perfect.
White bags are pretty impractical, especially for someone who insists on spilling every glass of red wine that they pour (aka, me). However, the Chloe Faye Mini Leather Suede Backpack may be worth the risk. Made in Italy and featuring the brand’s signature chain clip and ring detail, the bag is a summer staple that’s definitely wish list worthy.
There were SO many versions of lingerie-style skirts this past fall/winter season, and I loved them all. They were subtly sexy, and they seemed super versatile when it came to both layering for cold weather and styling for warmer weather. Yet, now that we’re reaching 95-plus degree summer days, these pieces can’t quite transition as well as they used to. This is why this nearly $1,500 silk-satin skirt from Givenchy is so great. It’s a shorter version of the cold-weather favorites, and I’d wear it every change I’d get.
7. Zimmermann Paradiso Silk Off-The-Shoulder Midi-Dress
With dark florals, a high-low silhouette, and off-the-shoulder neckline, this dress from Zimmermann is all the best summer trends wrapped up in one. I think we can all agree at this point that these design features have all reached another level of consumer acceptance and are sure to make their way to the sales racks any day now. But why not invest in one more super trendy (and expensive) look before that?
What pieces are you obsessing over this summer? Share your warm-weather wish list in the comment section!