Looking Forward to Wearing: Summer 2023

Summer has been off to a cooler start this year in California – but we’re slowly getting there. Here’s what I’m most looking forward to wearing in the coming months:

Patterned Button-Downs

I stumbled onto the brand Brava Fabrics recently while walking around central Madrid. They are a Barcelona-based brand focused on using sustainable materials and promoting fair working conditions. Their factories are local to them, located in Spain in Portugal.

What initially drew me in was the colorful window display – they have a ton of bright, fun, unique prints. Including collaborations like this “Where’s Waldo” collection (though unfortunately, only available for purchase in Europe!) I picked up this fun checkered shirt, which also has a matching pair of shorts (sadly, I did not get those). I’m also trying out Nuuly for the first time, and rented this brown striped button down.

Everlane Easy Shorts

According to my closet tracking app, these are my most worn item of clothing at 110 days and counting. While my exact version is slightly different (with a 3” inseam), the Easy Shorts are close enough. I’m tempted to get another pair, particularly in this ivory color.


Over the last two summers, I’ve wore my puffy flat sandals (similar here) for 79 days! The heel and insole is now quite worn, so I needed some new sandals to add into the rotation. Enter the Birkenstock Arizona sandals in Cognac leather. I love that they have a slightly more elevated look thanks to the leather straps and footbed. Note: these are a narrow width style and run slightly shorter than usual. Although I’m super late, I am now fully on board the Birkenstock train.


A strange choice for summer, I know. Given that I spend 2-3 days a week in an air conditioned office, I still wear pants quite frequently. I’m excited to wear two secondhand finds from brands that are new to me:

SLVRLAKE Jeans: When I first tried on the relaxed SLVRLAKE Brooklyn Jeans at Nordstrom, I was in love. They have the perfect waist-to-hip ratio with no gaping in the waist area. I immediately began my pre-loved search after, and purchased the slightly slimmer London style. To my surprise, these were also perfectly full length for me – no hemming needed. If you have issues with waist-gaping, I recommend checking out this LA-based brand.

Still Here: I was influenced by a friend who wore the Cloud Rainbow Tate jeans on a recent trip together. The subtle but fun detail of the painted lines is super unique. I was thrilled to find the discontinued white version for less on Poshmark.

Linen Trousers

While in London recently, I had to check out ARKET – I admit, I was 100% influenced by the like of @emmahill and @theannaedit. I picked up these trousers, along with a gauzy cotton button-down. I have several elastic waistband linen bottoms, and appreciate having a piece that is more tailored. After a quick hem (they were about 2” too long for my 5’4” self with flats), they’re a perfect fit. I am 100% ready to enter my Nordic coastal grandmother era. If you’re looking for something similar, this pair from & Other Stories is very similar with the covered front tab.

Partnership Disclosure: This blog post was not sponsored by any of the brands listed above. As always, all opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links, in which I earn a commission on purchases.


Im Kristy, a marketer based in sometimes-sunny San Francisco ⛅ This is my personal blog, where you will find my random musings, in-depth reviews, and latest sewing endeavors.

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