Summer Elly Is The Best Elly

Summer Elly is the best Elly. 

I've been campaigning this for the past few weeks now, and I should probably stop because it's unfair to the off-season Ellys. After all, Fall Elly is great at marathoning Hocus Pocus and making the annual pilgrimage to an upstate apple orchard, and Spring Elly can convince herself it's 75 degrees outside when it's actually 50 through sheer willpower. (And Winter? Well, that's just a lost cause for everyone, okay.)

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I'm simply at my best in summer — my most freewheelin' self — down for post-work shows, long beach weekends, and sartorial tendencies harking back to my Florida roots.

This whole "Summer Elly" business came to light after some particularly devastating summer sales. Turns out, there's a positive correlation between my sunny seasonal disposition and how full my closet is. (And it only took being elbow-deep in strawberry print sets, bright yellow bikini tops, and rainbow cover-ups to figure it out! But I'd say it was worth the field research.)

Don't believe me? Take a look at this spontaneity-loving stranger below!

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That's the strawberry print set — and it's totally responsible for sprinkling summer magic on this recent weekend trip to Seabright, NJ. (Not that I don't normally go crashing through waves fully clothed or crack up on overcast rooftops — I totally do. But there's something about this coordinating two piece that really pushed me over the edge into full-on Summer Elly mode.)

In fact, all the sun-toasty feel-good moments*** were bursting through what would normally be a pretty dismal beach weekend, weather-wise. It was the power of the clothes!

***Summer Clothes-Induced Sun-Toasty Feel-Good Moments (A Comprehensive List):

  • Mistimed ocean wave crashes: Check.
  • Dancing on rooftop couch with reckless abandon: Yep!
  • Majestically billowy rainbow coverups: Blowing in the breeze.
  • Comically large glasses of rosé: Cheers!
  • And endlessly flowing boxed wine that refilled said-glasses like they were Hogwarts feast goblets.

Anyway, consider this a PSA for refreshing your summer wardrobe before fall is upon us. Here are my top hits:

Summer Elly's Style Picks:

 UO Sadie Floral Bralette Top, $34,  Urban Outfitters

UO Sadie Floral Bralette Top, $34, Urban Outfitters

 Vero Moda Block Stripe Beach Kimono, $18.50,  ASOS

Vero Moda Block Stripe Beach Kimono, $18.50, ASOS

 South Beach Thin Strap Lace Up Bandeau, $23, ASOS

South Beach Thin Strap Lace Up Bandeau, $23, ASOS

Beach Weekend Highlights Reel:

 Notice the HUJI app's random red light flare. We loved it, my mom didn't get it.

Notice the HUJI app's random red light flare. We loved it, my mom didn't get it.

 Seaglass hunting!

Seaglass hunting!

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 My mom made leland pose with her glass of ROSEé. She obliged.

My mom made leland pose with her glass of ROSEé. She obliged.

 
 This cover-up flows like a cartoon villain's. Highly recommend.

This cover-up flows like a cartoon villain's. Highly recommend.

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Pics of me by Leland Van Alstyne (unless she's in them, in which case, s/o to Mom).