A short based on one of our favorite, oldest pant styles—the Florence. I am decidedly not a shorts person, but dressing comfortably for warm climates almost always requires some kind of alternative to pants and I wanted to tackle the challenge.
The silhouette I'm most drawn to is that of the 1930s and 1940s tap shorts with a narrow waist and wide, full thigh opening. I aimed to follow the rule of thirds, with the distance from natural waist to hem of the shorts taking up about one-third of total leg length. The hem hits right around mid-thigh, which feels comfortable in terms of coverage but still keeps most of your legs out in the open air. In super soft and drapey silk crepe, these feel like absolutely delicious pajama shorts that you can also totally wear in public.
The wide, full silhouette creates a beautiful shape that still feels modest and elegant. A generous inseam makes them practical and wearable (everybody knows that a one or two-inch inseam on shorts is a recipe for discomfort). They are nostalgic and quite modern at the same time.
This is the tunic I dream about every year in the middle of summer when the heat is a tangible force in the air. The low, free armholes, deep-v back, and wide, trapeze panels hang away from your body the way you want everything to when your skin is damp, and the sun is high. This piece embodies movement and represents breeze. The slightest movement will billow the fabric in a captivating, delicious swish. The Harlow is meant for days spent puttering around the garden or for nights spent strolling the city. It also transitions effortlessly right into fall—layer over a thin turtleneck for a jumper effect or under a chunky sweater (my favorite)!
It has a simple but striking, sleeveless cut with low, geometric armholes and billowing side panels. Its deep-v back lets air in for ultimate comfort. The flattering, high-scoop neck and smartly-cut shoulders pair flawlessly with the dramatic, trapeze shape. It hits around mid-thigh providing coverage when you want it but also means you can jaunt around sans pants at the beach or pool.