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Summer 2016

Summer Check List

Summer Check List

Despite the fluctuating weather patterns - from 100 degrees to chilly and rainy all in one week - summer is here. School's out, vacations have been planned, local strawberries are finally in season and we see more sunshine in the forecast.  It's a good time of year to check in on a few key pieces in your summer wardrobe and fill in what's missing. 

As we all know in Portland, the days can remain cool until nearly 5 pm, so it's good to think about lightweight layers in cotton, denim and linen.  We also like sticking to a color palette, so you can mix and match easily and the clothes will fit seamlessly into your existing wardrobe.

From L to R: Rag & Bone straw wide brim fedora, Rag & Bone "Devon" scarf, Vince Park Collection convertible bucket bag, Majestic stripe linen tee, Paul Smith cotton skirt, Frame cotton lace tank dress, Current/Elliott "The Snap" denim jacket, Rag & Bone "Drape" tank, Current/Elliott "The Girlfriend" short, Vince lace tee and Frame "Le High Skinny" jean.

A few of our favorite summer essentials include a good sunhat, a striped linen tee, a couple breezy, cotton tops, a versatile sundress, and of course a pair of white jeans.  All pieces that can be mixed and matched and dressed up or down. 

Happy Summer!
Mercantile

Make Memorial Day Memorable

Make Memorial Day Memorable

A Memorial Day bash is the perfect opportunity to debut your newest LWD - the summer cousin to the LBD - as it's the unofficial start of the summer BBQ season.  Don't limit yourself to plain, white cotton, go bold with print, pattern, texture and silhouette.  It's a timeless trend that appears every year and can be worked into any wardrobe.  Feeling preppy? Try a cotton shirt dress that can be belted or worn loose.  Digging the boho vibe? A printed maxi with delicate details should work perfectly for you. Want to keep it casual? A striped tank dress will do the job just fine.   

From L to R; Current/Elliott eyelet t-shirt dress, T by Alexander Wang striped linen tank dress, Current/Elliott "The Sleeveless Jane" dress & Joie "Brisbane" maxi dress

Have fun choosing your LWD, as it will likely become your new summer staple.  The best part about this piece? It pairs perfectly with your well loved denim jacket and favorite summer sandals. 

Wishing you a festive Memorial Day full of fashion, food and fun!
Mercantile