Fashion: A Date With Summer Style

Beat the heat with airy fashions that are ripe for romance.

Photography by Becky Thurner Braddock | Hair by Shaina Joyce | Makeup by Janneth Avila 

Cheyanne wears a Parker Tammy dress ($288) from Rue Boutique; Zach wears a Cotton By Autumn Cashmere linen-cotton henley ($158) and Scotch & Soda Amsterdam Couture shorts ($85) from Moda.

“Summertime,” wrote author Charles Bowden, “is always the best of what might be.”  And that may include fashion this summer. When the heat, haze and humidity threaten to make everyday dressing an odious chore, look to simple pieces in neutral colors and lively prints cut from cotton and other lightweight textiles.

Here, a few ensembles are the perfect match for a perfect casual date, photographed in the lush, eco-friendly environs of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

 Z Zegna sportcoat ($995), shirt ($275) and pants ($245) from Moda.

Bailey 44 desert dress ($228) from Rue Boutique.

Ecru seersucker shorts ($118) and Vince citron sweater ($186) from Rue Boutique.

Zach wears a NSF tee shirt ($96) and Nudie Jeans Co. organic cotton jeans ($185) from Moda; Cheyenne wears a Parker Nia dress ($248) from Rue Boutique.

Cheyenne wears a Scotch & Soda dress ($135) and Urban Zen horn necklace ($456), made in Haiti through an initiative of Donna Karan, from Rue Boutique; Zach wears a Theory track jacket ($425) and pants ($245) with V-neck by Velvet ($59) from Moda.

The Venue: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, a gift from philanthropist Henry W. Phipps to the City of Pittsburgh, sits at the convergence of Schenley Park, the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. The original glass-dominated facility was designed by a New York-based greenhouse manufacturer and opened in 1893 with nine display rooms. Now a world leader in green technology, the conservatory features an extensive network of themed gardens, a rental hall and a spacious welcome center with a gift shop and café. In 1976, Phipps was added to the National Register of Historic Places. 

The Stores. Moda, 5401 Walnut St., Shadyside; 412/681-8640,
Rue Boutique, 730 Providence Blvd., McCandless Township; 412/635-9900,

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