Shopping local and U.S.-based companies feels so good, doesn’t it? It seems like the perfect way to spread some American love during this patriotic time of year. And as the summer heats up, it’s also a great time to shop fabulous fashion pieces for cooling down. We’ve managed to combine the two with this list of our picks for the best summer fashion created by incredible designers based out of the western United States. Take a look at what great companies have come from Utah, Arizona, Idaho, and more. These trend-setters are making beautiful and functional fashion while changing the world with powerful causes and responsible sourcing.
If you caught our #WomanWednesday piece on Instagram this week, you already know we are obsessed with Ashley Lemieux. As the creator of two incredible fashion and lifestyle brands, The Shine Project and Ashley Lemieux, her example motivates us to enjoy the sunshine, smell the roses, and try fabulous new summer fashion. And also…don’t you just LIVE for a great jumper?! When done right, this vintage classic look can have a gorgeous rebirth. And Ashley’s brand has done it right. The tiny polka dot is so clean and fresh, while the cut will be flattering for many body types. Sizing is tricky on jumpers at times, so air on the side of caution if you’re questioning where you fit.
High waisted shorts are having a great moment; and the front tie on this pair is polished but quick and easy. These shorts are super comfy and easy breezy in a soft playful color and lightweight linen fabric. Plus, they have pockets–so how can you go wrong?
Florals have also been super in right now as feminine style of late combines classic ladylike elements accented with hard or sharp pieces. We think this would look stunning with an unexpected leather jacket or some chunky metallic accessories and boots. It’s also super beautiful as is…so you’ll still look great with a more simple outfit adding a white top and sandals.
KODIAK LEATHER CO.
If you’re like us, you’ve been itching for a weekend getaway. This little duffel is the perfect size for a quick overnight with your honey. The incredible leather this company produces is a real investment and, with proper care, will last for years to come. The style is simply classic.
This boho piece is soft and easy, with a feminine aesthetic that could be dressed up or down. Pair it with a pencil skirt in the day for the office, and then throw on some classic blue jean shorts to carry you through the evening for going to a picnic or one of Utah’s many firework shows.
We all agree pants are difficult in the summer. Those legs gotta breathe! But if you work in a professional setting where shorts just won’t work, these adorable wide leg beauties are the best option you’ll find. The light fabric will stay cool in summer heat while the subtle print is ideal for being business-appropriate and stylish.
So cute and comfortable, we are obsessed with the calming green tone and retro word art on this perfect summer top. The fabric is high quality with a bit of stretch, so it fits lots of body types. Plus you’ll be so motivated to embrace the day with joy when you wear this inspirational message.
THE SHINE PROJECT
The Shine Project has had college students make gorgeous jewelry by hand from the beginning. Through the program Ashley Lemieux started, The Shine Project works to support struggling college youth by offering them jobs and a marketable skill. The company also allocates a percentage of each purchase toward scholarships for more young adults with limitless potential but limited resources. The organization has given away more than 80 scholarships and offered many jobs to underprivileged adolescents in the U.S. through the years.