ACCESSORIES REPORT: Dawn Patrol

Summer is all about versatility. From work to the beach to summer soirees, it’s best to be ready for anything. This Fashionisto illustrates how to make the most of a stylish summer.

Despite the fact that July is underway, the sun sometimes fights a losing battle with pesky and persistent fog and clouds. So while shorts and light shirts are still in order, it never hurts to bring along a jacket to toss on should the sun make an unpredicted disappearance. This Fashionisto’s lightweight navy zip-up fits the bill perfectly. Not only is it suited for a temperature drop from passing clouds, it also works well for summer night activities like a bonfire or late dinner alfresco. This Fashionisto’s jacket is especially versatile for layering come chillier months and works well with an array of outfits thanks to a neutral navy.

Tying in perfectly with a dark blue color palette are these steel-toned kicks. These shoes definitely have a skater/surfer vibe and are made more durable with waxed canvas that allows for more rigorous wear and tear. After all, who wants to worry about scuffed sneaks post dawn patrol?

Next up is this Fashionisto’s slick watch. I must say that watches are perhaps one of my favorite accessories—next to shoes of course. The fact that they are both functional and able to produce a uniquely personal style statement makes them so special and interesting. This minimalist burnished steel watch is great for everyday use and maintains that balance between practicality and sophistication—the perfect touch with this surf-inspired getup.

Juxtaposing the simplicity of the rest of his outfit, this Fashionisto’s patterned button-down shirt really pops. Despite a relatively subdued color palette, the floral pattern is fun and adds an unexpected twist that makes a difference, elevating what would just be a regular outfit to toss on to a standout ensemble.

Spotted: Kenzo’s spring 2014 menswear collection captured a California cool vibe with sporty jackets and high top sneaks.

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