In: I've been a big fan of open-toe mules, slip dresses, and bomber jackets as of late. [Mules are] a cooler, more effortless way to wear heels without looking too done up. I like the look of slip dresses dressed down with sneakers or flat sandals. And for bomber jackets, I've always been a fan of these, [but] they just happen to be especially on trend this season, which is great because there are so many fantastic options right now!
Out: The “over-festivalized” look has been done to death. It's fascinating to me that "festival" is now a season in its own, but I think there's a way to do it without looking like you're going to Coachella every day of the week. Things like this include super short cut-offs—especially with the exposed pockets under the hemline—tiny crochet tank tops, and high-low dresses.
In: In terms of suiting, I am very excited to see vibrant colors in cottons, linens, and other organic blends. I love the concept of pairing a bold color jacket with white jeans, and it’s a perfect summer look. Many of today’s cotton fabrics now also incorporate a little bit of elastane to really make summer garments comfortable.
Out: I personally am not a big fan of seersucker or, rather, what people charge for seersucker. Seeing a $1,500 seersucker suit really irks me because it’s a very basic cotton fabric that doesn’t command a high price, yet many retailers place a premium on it simply because it’s seersucker. When you think summer suiting, you should definitely spend less than your all-season wool suits. 555 W. Jackson Blvd., 312-631-3278
In: We usually don’t want to work with a lot of color. We really try to keep to the classic, sophisticated palette. But this season I'm crazy over this red, pink moment that's happening. It seems really new and fresh, and a little bit of a nod back to this romanticism. Even our clients, who probably wouldn't have put on a color at all a year ago, are like, “Oh! Pink!” It feels so modern.
Out: Bodycon. This kind of moment of Band-Aid dresses. Even for women with amazing bodies, it just seems kind of forced and tired. space519, 900 North Michigan Shops, 900 N. Michigan Ave., 312-751-1519; Madison Hall, 71 E. Madison St., 312-683-9586