Written by Amy Scalia

After the stormy skies of last year, it’s comforting to look ahead to the brighter days coming this Summer.

But what to wear after being a homebody for more than a year? Lindy Deal, UpWest's Curator of Comfort, says this summer will be all about functional, carefree comfort.

“It’s time to shine in clothes you can feel good about wearing and that feel good on your body,” says Deal. “From easy, breathable fabrics in relaxed yet stylish silhouettes, carefree swimwear and dresses, to versatile work to weekend pieces, there are some really cozy ways to ease back into being out-and-about again.”

Plisse, Please
Nothing says Summer like plisse. It’s natural, light and breathable — all the things you want in a fabric for the warmer months. Cotton plisse has a puckered, crepe-like, accordion texture, so it’s wrinkle resistant and travel-friendly. It’s also versatile enough to be worn from day to night, and everywhere in between.

“Our sustainable organic cotton plisse fabric is a customer favorite,” says Deal. “We’re loving the plisse high waisted short with matching tank top and our wide leg pant because they are so versatile.”

According to Deal, the lightweight, 100% organic cotton plisse beach cover up is a must-have, with its adjustable tie waist and relaxed fit. “It is the perfect addition to our UpWest Swim Collection,” she adds.

Swimming into Sustainability
This Summer, there will be a lot of firsts for everyone. First time seeing friends or family in a long time, first event in forever, first trip this year and more. For UpWest, it’s launching the first UpWest Swim Collection for her, and it’s making swimwear more carefree than ever.

“It’s made of recycled nylon, truly a mix-and-match collection and you’ll even find some reversible styles that really give you great value and versatility,” Deal explains. "We also collaborated with Fair Harbor to create unique prints for him with the most comfortable liner.”

Deal says the collection blends flirty with functional and comfort with fashion, taking you from beach to barbecue. The Refresh One Piece with its adjustable straps, the Refresh Reversible Top and Bottom giving multiple looks in one, and the Refresh Ruffle Swim Top with its asymmetrical accent are some of the most versatile designs.

Dress Up Time
Whether it’s a trip to the farmer's market or a casual date night, dresses are the perfect Summer look. “Relaxed fits, easy fabrics make these a one and done outfit choice,” Deal says. “It’s all about versatility, too. Just flowing with wherever those long, summer days take you.”

A few of Deal’s favorites include the Midi T-Shirt Dress or Perfect T-Shirt Dress that turns your favorite tee into a dress, the patterned Tank Dress or Button-Front Tank Dress with adjustable shoulder straps, and the Convertible Skirt Dress that goes from a full-length skirt to a midi-length dress.

Accessorizing with simplicity is key for Summer. Deal says her go-tos are Beaded Bracelets, Everyday Hoop Earrings, and Geometric Hair Clips. “Our new jewelry line for Summer is gold layered and adds just the right amount of style to your look,” she adds. “And you can’t forget your sustainable sunnies and hat when you head out.”

But of course the most important thing to bring, no matter where your Summer takes you this year, is a little of your own sunshine to make even more brighter days ahead.