The Simple Life
One of summer’s greatest pleasures is the sense that an exciting adventure awaits around every corner. Hopping in the car for an impromptu road trip or spontaneously booking seats for a flight out of town seem all the easier when the weather is warm.
If pastoral tranquility tops your list of exceptional escapes, a lush farmhouse setting makes for the picture of serenity and a total immersion in nature. The great outdoors, with all its fresh air pursuits, is both rejuvenating and restorative. Going off the grid also allows you to dream up a refined, yet rustic, wardrobe.
Every countryside closet worth its salt starts with denim. A foundational piece, its everlasting appeal lies in its effortlessness and extreme versatility. Case in point: Citizens of Humanity’s lived-in straight-legs lend a casual laissez-faire air to Nation’s feminine puff-sleeve top, while the California-based brand’s high rise bootcuts are also the perfect foil for Frame’s eyelet bohemian blouse. A cognac belt by Brave Leather, a must-have accessory for any outdoor expedition, adds a grounding touch.
If you prefer to wear your blues tied around your waist, or coolly tossed over your shoulders, try Frame’s beach shirt as a luxe layering piece. When teamed with Frank & Eileen’s slim-lined sweats and South Parade’s honey hued graphic tee, it makes for a striking, yet relaxed style statement.
There’s always room for a little edge when exploring is on the itinerary. Citizens of Humanity’s cut-off shorts, complete with extra distressing, are an easy match for Daydreamer’s Jimi Hendrix-emblazoned top. A near indestructible lug sole boot, this one by sustainable-minded line Ilse Jacobsen, satisfies both fashion and function.
Another classic worth revisiting is the white t-shirt. At home in any destination, it is especially à propos in a farmhouse setting when paired with a muted palette. Vince’s rust-coloured cardigan and Frank & Eileen’s Italian cotton chino are sharp companions to the simplest of tops, this one by South Parade.
Speaking of elevated neutrals, it’s wise to carry them into your dressier looks as well. A black and ecru botanical print top by BA&SH feels right at home on the ranch, especially when nestled up against Vince’s acorn-coloured cropped pants. They make the perfect city versus country pairing.
Faithful The Brand excels at crafting effortless, eco-friendly summer styles. Should you happen to meet a friendly goat, there is no dreamier option for a tender snap together than their tiered peasant midi dress. It ticks every box: a rich earthy shade, sweet breeze-catching sleeves, and pairs well with power boots.