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    Our favorite fabric to see us through summer is cotton gauze, and here's why:
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    We've got a tee for every shape, from fitted to boxy to oversized.
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Tees!

I take our tee shirt selection very seriously and now's the time to stock up for summer. We've got a tee for every shape, from fitted to boxy to oversized.

Gauze!

Our favorite fabric to see us through summer is cotton gauze, and here's why: not only is it a comfy, cool natural fiber, but it comes pre-crinkled so won't need an iron, AND superbly packable for weekend jaunts. We've got tops and blouses, skirts, pants and dresses in easy-fitting styles.

Kurtas!

Alicia Bell has been designing hand-printed Kurtas since 2000 and arguably could have single-handedly brought this summer staple back to life. These are the originals: classic tunics in a lightweight, soft and flowy silk and cotton blend, hitting mid-thigh, and work well as a beach cover-up, or pair with jeans or white pants in high summer. Hand-printed in India.

Head To Toe Satin

Is satin just for dress-up or underpinnings? Nope! This spring, I'm loving this collection of (viscose) satin separates. The wide leg crop pant is just the ticket for hot summer evenings. When worn with a matching tank or tee you've got a jumpsuit look without the annoyance. The boxy tees are edged in recycled cotton and the pants have an easy elastic waist. There's a sweet A-line knee-length dress in the group, too, with all-important on-seam pockets, and a bias midi skirt with a frayed hem. The best thing, like pretty much everything else in the shop, is that you can dress these pieces up or down and they're an easy fit in your overnight bag for summer weekend jaunts.

John Derian Style

I love to say that John and I go way back and there’s truth to that. He was a steady visitor to my shop in Boston in the eighties. We were both just starting out in our careers back then, fresh-faced and optimistic. He’s still fresh-faced, me not so much! But I’ve avidly followed his ascent and adore his products. I was SUPER-excited to spy his first collection of silk scarves and immediately placed an order. More art-to-wear than a simple neck wrap, these Italian-made oversized squares are so stunning, you could frame them. My favorite is Sleeping Beauty but they are all quirky and interesting (John Derian style), you’ll be hard-pressed to choose just one.

Overdyed Cotton Plaid Skirt

This overdyed cotton Khadi handwoven skirt has mini-pleats all around an elastic waist and hits below the knee. It’s a wisp of a skirt to keep you cool all summer long and we’ve got it in several colors from brights to this dark navy. It screams out for a white tee and this one is perfect. Boxy, in a soft washed cotton, long enough to cover the waistband with a notched side seam and slightly longer in back. Other colors available

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ERICA'S PICKS

It Is Well LA
Cotton Gauze Split Neck Dress
$168
Boheme Blouse
Cotton with Gold Embroidery
$82
Hemingway Top
Cotton Gauze Tunic
$172
Ragged Edge Crew
Summer Weight Cashmere
$198
Parker Smith Shark Bite Jeans
Straight & Cropped
$168

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