So I was shopping for fabric, very innocently. It always starts that way. I was looking for a light silk for a vintage shirtdress pattern, and one of the fabric shops I browse had a lovely cotton ikat fabric in stock “from an unnamed CA designer”. I immediately recognized it as a print from a designer I really like, Heidi Merrick (I’ve written about her clothes before). I have four of her pieces; she does summer clothing really well–elegant but surprisingly effortless.
I always seem to have a fashion crisis in summer. I like style, I don’t like slumping around in t-shirts and jeans and flip-flops. But I’m a layer-y kind of person; I like New York style, London style. Lots of layers, lots of accessories, and boots–my favorite shoes of all. It’s taken a lot for me to make peace with a climate that has summer dressing six to eight months of the year. Read more