By Buffalo Exchange Portland (Hawthorne)
Forget what they say about May flowers and June bugs. Historically, summer doesn’t hit Portland until well after July 4th. This year, however, Christmas came early for Portlanders (metaphorically speaking, that is). During an early heat spell in May, Hawthorne street-goers were eager to bust out their summer flair and bask in the heat.
Most of our customers went the classic girly route with easy summer dresses, especially of the floral variety, and sandals. Others went the classic tomboy route, pairing crop tops or beat-up band tees with high-waisted shorts, or vintage Levis and sneakers (white Converse, in particular). We also saw a lot of global looks layered with lightweight kimonos and 90s influences like overalls and floral baby doll dresses. Our male customers kept it cool in tanks, board shorts, and ball caps, or opted for lightweight layers of chambray and khaki. The summer heat can make it harder to get dressed in the morning, but it also brings out a more lighthearted side of fashion. Personally, I’m excited to see how Portlanders play with prints this summer season!