5 Accessories for a Buenos Aires Summer Wardrobe
When it comes to summertime dressing (and dealing with the hot, humid weather) less is more, and so the right accessories are key. To help you look the part this summer in Buenos Aires, I’ve picked out five of my favourite accessories of the moment.
A drawstring bag from TOUR
The drawstring bag is cool again and goes hand in hand with that sports luxe trend that everyone in the fashion world keeps talking about. New local Argentine brand TOUR, founded by Gise Navarro and José Saa, offers colorful, printed variations of this practical, everything-fits kind of bag. Crafted from lightweight cotton, they are much easier to carry around during hot sticky days than lugging that heavy leather backpack that was so hot last season.
Leather sneakers from POSCO
Finally Buenos Aires has its very own brand of sneakers (and they’ll match nicely with your newly-purchased drawstring backpack). Although Posco sneakers, designed by Argentine Gastón Greco, have been popping up in menswear boutiques around Palermo for a few years, the brand only recently opened its own workshop and showroom in Palermo Soho. The line of comfy sneaker and high-top styles in suede, leather or canvas now also includes a more dainty line of women’s sneakers. Fashionistas should also look out for the limited edition pair designed by Martin Churba of Tramando.
Swim trunks from Boris & Co.
You can’t enter the summer in Buenos Aires without a solid pair of swim shorts, given the countless pool parties, rooftop asados by the pool and weekend jaunts to the coast. And swim trunks are a great way to sport those loud, bold prints that you normally shy away from. Argentine brand Boris & Co., launched in 2012 by a group of friends, mid-thigh swim shorts, from stripes, to florals, checks and flamingos. While the brand is principally based in Mar del Plata, check their Facebook page for details of their next pop up showroom in Capital or buy online.
A slick pair of shades from Vulk
In summertime, you’re never really fully dressed without the right pair of sunglasses. And they have to be just right. This Argentina eyewear brand knows how to craft a cool pair of on-point sunnies. I’m a big fan of the round retro look and the D-frame shape for this season and the bluey green-tinged lenses are also having a fashion moment.
A straw hat from Greenpacha
A summer hat not only shields your head from being sizzled by the sun but also injects some elegance and glamour into your look. Greenpacha’s toquilla straw hats are just the ticket. This sustainable brand that was founded by Argentine Florencia Gomez Gerbi in 2011 following a dream during a surf trip to Ecuador offers variations on the classic panama hat as well as straw fedoras, boaters and floppy big rimmed styles. You can impress people with the knowledge that the hats are all 100% handmade from the toquilla palm by weaving communities in Ecuador, where the age-old art of straw hat making was first made famous. And 2% of your money goes back into the community that makes them.