There’s something so bittersweet about July. It’s a start to the dog days of summer, for sure. But it’s also the time of year that deeply baked-in “back-to-school” anxiety starts hitting you. Sadly, time waits for no man—but vibes, you can control.
The best way to do that is with how you dress. Sure, seasons have defined beginnings and ends, but clothes enable you to blur the lines. For centuries, “Don’t Wear White After Labor Day” held its line firmly—but everyone knows that’s bullshit now. A warming global climate isn’t doing fall any favors either, which is exactly why I suggest you take it upon yourself to preserve the vibe of summer any way you can. One way to do it? Terry cloth.
Clothing brand Tombolo has taken the fabric you’re used to deploying after a shower and turned it into a seriously stylish shirt and sweater offering. No longer is the standard pique-polo your only option for those late-August barbecues. No longer is that sun-faded cotton crewneck your only resource for a chilly September evening on the deck (with a glass of wine in-hand).
The best part? You don’t have to sacrifice the character that summer and all its lively prints bring along. Tombolo takes all of summer’s favorite subjects—fish, crustaceans, gators, flamingos—and deploys them in bold, can’t-not-notice fashion.
And if you really aren’t ready to give summer up yet, the brand’s rayon-poplin button-fronts (which come in both short- and long-sleeve varieties) are what happens when Hawaiian shirts and pajama tops collide in the best way.
Saying goodbye to a season where you can wear so little and flex so much can be difficult. But as long as the current administration continues to ignore what’s happening to our planet, “The Endless Summer” is beginning to look less like a movie title and more like a prediction that’s becoming easier and easier to believe. The least you can do, beyond avoiding plastic straws, is make sure you’re dressed appropriately for the apocalypse. There won’t be Instagram on The Road, but you’re still gonna look damn good.