Here's the thing about summer fashion—it's pointless. I mean, are there a surplus of covetable lightweight dresses, crisp linen shirts, and floaty strappy tops to wear? Sure! Many of them are even quite lovely. But guess what? Within a few hours of wearing them in the infamous NYC heat and humidity, the fabrics will go limp, sweat will speckle down your back, and all your summer whites will begin to yellow. And let's not even talk about what happens if you choose to wear an all-natural, hippie deodorant. Sorry, but Tom's of Maine Lavender scent does not cover up the fact that your armpits smell like a litter box.
But so what should you do if you want to change things up in your fashion game, but don't want to invest in clothing that you're just going to strip off as soon as you get home so that you can lie on your cool floor (fact: heat rises) wearing nothing but your underwear and drinking a cold, cold beer that you rest on your bare stomach in between sips for an extra icy chill? The answer is simple. Jewelry! Accessorizing properly will make you feel like you've invested in a whole new wardrobe, only this wardrobe won't stick to your back in the heat. Instead, the following jewelry pieces from many of our favorite Brooklyn designers will allow you to adorn yourself without compromising your comfort. Really, all you need to wear this summer are these pieces and a smile. Just kidding. I would never advise anyone to smile. I never do it if I can help it, anyway. Just wear the jewelry.
Ball Chain Curtain Bracelet
Laura Wass of WXYZ Jewelry has long made some of our favorite necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Her designs tend to incorporate industrial materials and delicate techniques to create some of the most conceptually interesting and just plain fun to wear jewelry out there. I love this bracelet because of how it moves on the arm, and how, for something so lightweight and fluid, it makes a huge impact.
wxyzjewelry.com; Ball Chain Curtain Bracelet, $130
Double Pyramid Ring
This ring comes from Digby & Iona's line The Ideal Triangle, and manages to feel both super punk rock, but also delicate enough to wear with wispy summer clothes. I also like that the double pyramids look vaguely like boobs, but that might just be my thing. No matter, rings are a great summer accessory, stack a bunch on all your fingers.
digbyandiona.com; double pyramid ring, $150
Petal Pusher Anklet
As you may have heard, the nineties are back. And what piece of jewelry is more emblematic of that decade than the ankle bracelet? Well, there's the toe ring, obviously, but no need to be completely literal when revisiting trends. This anklet—a Catbird exclusive—is the perfect adornment for your ankles this summer. It's so beautiful that it will even distract from all the mosquito bites that are sure to dot your calves, as they do mine every year.
Catbird; 219 Bedford Avenue, Petal Pusher Anklet in 14K Gold $248, in Sterling Silver $48 catbirdnyc.com
Oval Flat Earrings
These earrings are simple and elegant and look like you have liquid balls of mercury suspended from your ears without potentially contracting mercury poisoning. Win-win. Seriously, though, I love the spare design of these earrings, and by extension, all the jewelry at byAMT, which runs the gamut from whimsical to stunning and sophisticated. These are the perfect accessory this summer.
byamt.com; Oval Flat Earrings in Solid Silver $143
Colette Ishimaya Owl Necklace
This necklace is on point with the Art Deco theme that has been influencing fashion for the last few months, all thanks to a little movie called The Great Gatsby that probably none of us will ever see or speak of again. But just because the movie was mediocre at best, doesn't mean that Art Deco-inspired jewelry is anything less than gorgeous. This necklace is made of gold-tinted brass and stingray skin, which is a really strange and cool material that looks like caviar of all things. How decadent. How Gatsby-esque, even. How perfect.
Catbird; 219 Bedford Avenue, Colette Ishimaya Owl Necklace, $110 catbirdnyc.com
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