I love a great brand collaboration. It has grown into an obsession ever since the Lilly Pulitzer x Target debacle of 2015. Given that I have written about Pendleton x Gap, Karl Lagerfeld Paris x Long Tall Sally (twice! thrice!), Lilly Pulitzer x S’well, Lilly Pulitzer x Goop (twice!), Lilly Pulitzer x Pottery Barn, Vineyard Vines x Target, Tory Burch x Kenneth Jay Lane, Issa x Banana Republic, Prabal Gurung x J.Crew, Hunter x Target, Kate Spade x Beyond Yoga (twice!), New Balance x J.Crew, Draper James x Jack Rogers, and the list goes on and on, I was jazzed to read about Opening Ceremony‘s collaborations. First it was Esprit and then Birkenstock and as I found out today, a second season of the latter as well as collaborations with two classic gorpcore brands.
Last summer Opening Ceremony collaborated with Birkenstock on a capsule collection of Arizona sandals and Boston clogs. I would have indulged in the collection but I have a pair of glitter Arizona sandals that have barely even been broken in. I came of age in the late 1990s to the early 2000s and these styles were especially popular among those at my public high school so even if I did not indulge in the product, I indulged in the nostalgia.
Though it may technically fall into normcore, I consider Birkenstock to be gorpcore. Perhaps it is because the sandals go so well with the outdoor staples. The Opening Ceremony / Birkenstock collaboration opened up a Pandora’s Box of bookmarking the best iterations of the sandals. Neon, iridescent, glitter, hologram, metallic, and animal print, Birkenstock served up all peacocking variations.
I am also loving the Marmot and Columbia collaborations with Opening Ceremony. While I resisted falling down a rabbit hole – this time – I rounded up my favorite items.
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You want to know what I love? My silver glitter Arizona Birkenstock sandals, that’s what! I purchased my pair via J.Crew circa summer 2016 and subsequently pranced around Philadelphia in them, during my first days in the city. For that reason, I will always associate those sandals not only with my current season, but also living with my then-fiance for the first time. Such memories!
What keeps my sparkle Birkenstock sandals in my closet and not in the Goodwill or #projectpurge eBae pile is that they are just so freaking comfortable. Wear those babies in a downpour and they are molded to your feet forever. Does anyone else remember begging her / his mom for a pair of the Birkenstock Boston clogs for school shopping? Just me? Just me and my little sister? Okay, so it may have just been both of us.
Tap into that would-be school shopping budget, because Opening Ceremony hit it out of the park with their collaboration with the 90s purveyor of grunge / college student footwear. This collection is everything and if you ask me the only fault in it is that they did not make enough.
Arizona sandal // Boston clog
A few days ago, I realized that many of my recent bookmarks were a soft green-blue. Something about it reminds me of a deserted beach on a cloudy day. Sure, any beach is instantly upped by sunshine, but I think there is something rather relaxing to a grey / blue / green day on the sand. As someone who is always high strung, I will take any soothing color story if it lowers my blood pressure.
clockwise from top left: watch // shades // headband // sandals // one-shoulder shirt // caftan // tote
The temperatures in Philadelphia have been in the 90s this week. As I was walking around Center City running errands, I had beads of sweat running down my face and was starting to develop swamp ass.
Reflecting on the day, I realize that I should have worn something from the hippie side of my closet: a tunic, caftan, or midi dress would have provided ample ventilation. I think the hippies are on to something in their summer style choices; my mind goes to early 2000s Bonnaroo, before festival fashion became what it is today. Manchester, Tennessee even in early June is intense, and most of the festival attendees set up camp for the entire three days. If the hippies at Bonnaroo can handle three days in a wardrobe of breezy dresses, caftans, and tunics, I can stand the Philadelphia heat in the same pieces.
baja hoodie // distressed denim shorts // tie dye swimsuit top // tie dye swimsuit bottom // silk kimono // pearlized Birkenstock // rainbow caftan // tunic