Bay Area Summer Fashion – We’ve Got You Covered

The microclimates of the Bay Area require flexibility in summer wear. In Emeryville, the warm sunshine can give way to Bay wind and fog that delivers a bone-chilling lesson in the necessity of layers.

We consulted some hyper-local experts to discuss the appropriate dress for our unique summer weather. Here’s what we discovered:

We all know the sun’s rays can damage your skin. Sunglasses are an important first line of defense. But with Urban Outfitters on-hand, you don’t have to sacrifice style for safety. You’ll be sunshine-ready with UO’s range of sunglasses from colored lens aviators to bold cat eye sunglasses.

While shades have been the preferred sun-deflecting accessory for years, hats are making a welcome comeback. Whether you’re headed to the beach, a picnic, or the garden, a wide-brimmed hat serves both style and function. We recommend HOT ITALIAN’s fashion-forward branded cap. It’s a baseball hat inspired by a bicycle cap and manufactured by the premier-quality Italian haberdasher ’47 Brand.

When your summer wardrobe must meet the 3 functions of fashion – style, comfort AND flexible-for-fitness – look no further than Orangetheory Fitness Emeryville. Orangetheory Gear is super comfortable, soft and available in t-shirts, tanks, outerwear and pants for both men and women. Visit OTF at Public Market to check it out. The studio is located just outside the Food Hall’s northern entrance.

And there’s variety out there, even in menswear. Urban Outfitters has dozens – really, DOZENS – of styles and patterns of shorts for the discerning male.  Camo, baggy knit short for just rolling out of bed? Check. The cutoff denim skate short for, well, skate-boarding? Yup. There’s even the chino short in teal, pink and cream if you want to look preppy at the farmers market.

For the ladies on those days when the thermometer hovers around 80, Urban Outfitters’ adorable Kimchi Blue Pia off the shoulder blouse is what’s called for. Plus, it doubles as a “Summer of Love” redux look.

Q: What’s the one item of clothing that never goes out of style and is always in season?
A: The t-shirt. And you can find a treasure trove of awesome Ts – for both women and men – at Guitar Center!