Northwest Fashionista: Staycation

This summer’s fashion challenge is what to wear while traveling on a staycation in the Pacific Northwest? Try these sizzling hot fashion essentials filled with savvy style.

Here are my top 10 active fun fashion picks for both men and women made simple and easy:

1 Shorts are the number one essential for hot summer days to remain cool, calm and comfortable while showing off your sexy legs.

2 Swimsuits are ready for action adventure while boating on the Willamette, surfing the waves on the Oregon coast, rafting in Maupin and/or just lounging by the pool.

3 Tee shirts are soft and cozy for a relaxed, easy-does-it kind of feeling. Choose a neutral color for the top to match the bold color you’ll wear on the bottom.

4 Jackets are necessary for climate control in the Northwest wind and rain or evenings out under the stars. Denim jackets work well over everything; but if you want a change of pace, try a groovy anorak style.

5 Woven shirts with a collar that button down the front will dress you up for nighttime events like a concert at the Oregon Zoo, dinner at a hip restaurant like Tina’s in the wine country, or the Shakespeare festival in Ashland.

6 Pullover cotton sweaters or hoodies say cuddle with me while sitting fireside in the mountains.

7 Sandals, hat, scarf and sunglasses are the “no brainer” essentials. The sun is shining and it’s hot outside.

8 Jeans – weather-worn and wonderful. You have this one; no explanation needed.

9 Need to add a touch of formality? For women, a dress, tunic top and/or a skirt can be worn as a cover-up over a swimsuit, shopping at the local antique mall or farmer’s market, and for dressing up for dinner out. Khaki chino pants are the choice for men when no denim is allowed.

10 Tank tops – why? Because it’s too hot to wear anything else while you swing on the hammock in the backyard under the old oak tree.

For more about national fashion and Portland style, contact Catherine on Facebook or www.examiner.com/style-in-portland/catherine-garvin, or follow her on twitter: @CatherineGarvin.

Fashion photos courtesy of the Nau Summer 2012 Collection; photos by Daniel Sharp. Nau (pronounced now) is a Portland-based clothing company that specializes in sustainable urban and outdoor apparel for modern mobility. The silhouettes are inspired by movement and crafted for mountaintop and cityscape settings.

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