Outfitted: Ode to summer
A celebration of a most anticipated season
Last weekend I headed up past Reudi Reservoir with some friends for a day of paddleboarding, socializing, and sunshine. It was the first weekend of the year that truly felt like summer. Sun shades, shorts, sandals and sunscreen were busted out as we were finally able to settle in to celebrate our shortest and arguably favorite mountain season.
1. Dragon Hype LL Ion Sunglasses
As we let the mountain sun shine in, new shades are a treat. The Hype LL Ions from Dragon are as eye-catching as they are modern. A round lens shape, premium acetate frame and stainless steel hinges create a bold statement while maintaining a classy look with 100% UV protection. Available in four different colorways. $155, dragonalliance.com.
2. Mountain Hardwear Trail Sender Short
Described as the kitchen-sink short for summer, the Trail Sender is light, comfortable and durable enough to withstand Rocky Mountain trails. Plenty of pocket storage, UPF 50 fabric and an adjustable waist with internal drawcord (women’s version is elastic in the waist) round out a perfect go-to short for summer. $69, mountainhardwear.com. Mountain Hardwear products are also carried at Ute Mountaineer in Aspen.
3. Faherty Gracie Linen Dress
For us ladies, as soon as summer is official, it’s time to bust out our sundresses. This beautiful Indian block print linen dress from Faherty is my new favorite. A fitted bodice anchors adjustable straps that can be worn crossed or straight. It runs pretty long, so if you’re vertically challenged like me, you’ll need to get it hemmed. $298, fahertybrand.com. Faherty products are also carried at Pitkin County Dry Goods in Aspen.
4. Buff Sun Bucket Hat
Bucket hats are currently having a moment, but many seem to skimp on the brim coverage. This hat from Buff has a wider brim for excellent protection along with some additional features like crown airflow ventilation holes, a moisture-wicking sweatband, UPF 50 sun protection and an adjustable drawstring. Available in three different colorways and two available sizes. $35, buffusa.com. Buff products are also carried at Bristlecone Mountain Sports in Willits.
5. 10 Barrel Beers Club Tread and Rock Hop IPAs
Cold suds on a hot day are a no-brainer and these summer IPAs from 10 Barrel Brewing are sure to hit the spot. The Club Tread is a 5% IPA with El Dorado and Strata hops paired with mandarin orange for a bright flavor. The Rock Hop is a little hoppier with Asacca, Cashmere, El Dorado and Idaho 7 hops along with fresh pine and orange zest for a bold finish. Cheers to summer! 10barrel.com. 10 Barrel products can be ordered from Four Dogs Wine and Spirits in Willits.
Meg Simon is an Aspen-based freelance writer, graphic designer and founder of Simon Finch Creative. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.