90 Degrees And Sweaty, But Make It Fashionable
With just mere weeks of summer that Minnesota delivers, it’s necessary to be on top of your fashion game for every second of it.
Regardless of your budget, style, or experience in fashion, MARTINPATRICK3, Nani Nalu, and Mall of America’s finest Sara Rogers are here to share some swoon-worthy fashion tips for the summer months. That’s right—time to throw out the parka (okay, maybe just put it in the back of your closet… I suppose you might need it again), and slip into something cool, comfortable, and most importantly, stylish.
Hoss Al-Gassid, MARTINPATRICK3 store manager, says street wear has been back for a while, and he doesn’t foresee it going anywhere any time soon.
“Streetwear has been the hit and talk for a while, and we are all about it. We have Stone Island that just arrived, and we are expecting John Elliott to drop in soon,” Al-Gassid says.
He also says prints, button up short sleeves and sneakers continue to grow as a trend, which means your summer will be both incredibly trendy and effortlessly comfortable.
“Don’t be afraid of prints, be it shorts with printed leaves or a short sleeve with flowers on them. Also, drop the board shorts and get better fitting swim trunks. If you are wearing sandals, wear the correct size, and please don’t wear them with socks,” Al-Gassid says.
Though Al-Gassid says MARTINPATRICK3 has a very unique vibe and is unlike most clothing stores, they offer something for everyone. Many women enjoy shopping their collections, too, he adds.
“We offer a lifestyle. From shoelaces to formal dinner jackets. The idea is, if you are a man (or woman, we have lots of women that buys men’s here) in need of something, we have it. We offer price points to accommodate every budget. Just because we offer high-end apparel doesn’t mean we don’t have introductory price points. We want every person that walks in the store be able to buy something no matter what their budget is,” he says. “We offer hats, cufflinks, jewelry, wallets, shoe horns, and the list can go on and on. For clothing, we offer everything from street wear to boardroom.”
MARTINPATRICK3 is also popular for its barbershop, which serves between 350 and 450 customers per week. They also offer in-house tailoring for men and women, dry-cleaning, and shoe shine/repair.
If you’re planning on spending the limited summer days enjoying one of Minnesota’s thousands of lakes, Nani Nalu has some great options for you. They offer women’s swimsuits in sizes 0 to 24 and A to G cups. Prices range from $120 to $380 for a suit, and their fit & flatter service is always free.
“Our selection is curated to meet lifestyle needs of multiple customers. This means you can find a suit for your honeymoon, spring break, vegas girls trip, or lakeside weekend with the in-laws. Each vacation opportunity has a different need and level of comfortability and function we need to meet. Our service assists our clients in discovering the best options to meet their needs and provide confidence,” says Nani Nalu owner Jennifer Cermak.
This summer, Cermak says she anticipates a lot of gingham, stripes, and polka dots keeping the beaches interesting.
“We are moving away from mustard yellows and into lilacs and purples, which are fun for the spring and summer. Bright and bold is making a come back in other patterns, making for fun mix and match opportunities between the classic gingham and a sophisticated floral,” Cermak says.
Overall, Cermak says the mission of Nani Nalu is to help all customers find swimsuits that are in their price range and make them feel sexy and confident. After all, she adds, they are known for offering “sophisticated sexy!”
And if anyone knows the importance of sophistication in fashion, it’s Sara Rogers, style expert and wardrobe consultant at Mall of America. Rogers says she sees a lot of pastels, florals, and ruffles making their way into women’s wardrobes this summer. For men, Rogers says textures, pinstripes, and color blocking are quick and easy ways to add some interest to an outfit. In addition to fun pieces that are more on-trend, Rogers emphasizes the importance of staple items.
“Think of your closet as if you’re decorating a room in your home. Consider building your wardrobe around a versatile base color. Buy a jacket and trouser (i.e. sofa and chair) in your favorite base color and then purchase tops, accessories, and shoes (i.e. table top items. throw pillows, rugs, etc.) in accent colors that are complimentary to the base color and your complexion,” she says.
One of her personal favorite summer staples is a good pair of white jeans. Rogers says they’re better than white pants because they can be washed and bleached right at home rather than dry-cleaned.
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