Summer Style Essentials

Minnesota has thawed and summer is finally here! Get ready with these style essentials.

TJ Turner

With Minnesota’s relentless snowstorms this year, it seemed like warm weather would never come. But the ice has thawed and the sun has finally transformed the state—it’s shaping up to be another beautiful Minnesota summer. From swimsuits to sunglasses we’ve got you covered this season with these summer style essentials.

Suit Up

You can’t spend a summer in the Land of 10,000 Lakes without a swimsuit. Nani Nalu, meaning beautiful wave, is a women’s beachwear boutique with a curated selection of swim and resort wear to give you the most flattering fit. Located in 50th and France, their friendly and helpful staff is there to help find you a swimsuit that makes you feel confident and comfortable. 

With two locations in the metro area, Big Island Swim and Surf is your one-stop-shop for all your beach essentials. They stock men’s, women’s, and children’s swimwear, but also have a wide selection of poolside accessories, such as cover-ups, towels, sun hats, and waterproof phone cases. Their kind and personable team are dedicated to making swimwear shopping an enjoyable experience.

Nani Nalu MN Main Floor
Courtesy of Nani Nalu

Sun and Shades

Warby Parker is the definition of high quality eyewear at revolutionary prices. Their stylish frames come in every shape, size, and color you can imagine­—especially their sunglasses collection. Better yet, they produce beautiful and high-end eyewear while sustaining a socially conscious business. Their frames can be found online or in the showroom at Askov Finlayson in the North Loop.

From simple to bold frames, SEE has a unique and often exclusive collection, many times producing only a couple frames of a specific color per city or store. Their quality and prices can’t be beat; its no wonder SEE has been a local favorite for eyewear for years. 

Happy Feet

Between markets, music festivals, beaches, and backyard barbecues, having a good pair of summer sandals is essential. Shoesters is a family-owned-and-operated shoe store in the North Loop. They are committed to health and wellness and are ready to fit you with a pair of shoes that give your feet the support they need without giving up style. 

A Little R&R

What’s summer without a little rest and relaxation? Pamper yourself at Spa Sweet, a boutique and spa offering luxurious services including facials, waxing, tanning, and brow care. Find them in south Minneapolis.

Do something new with your do and get a summer hair cut at Estetica Salon and Spa or Kai Salon, both of which are relaxing and artistic Aveda salons with professional and friendly staff offering everything from cuts, colors, and texture services. They are located in Cathedral Hill in St. Paul and the North Loop in Minneapolis respectively.

Courtesy of Spa Sweet

Fun in the Sun

One of the best parts about summer are the outdoor activities—hiking, biking, running, yoga, or whatever your favorite pastime is. Located in the North Loop, Lolë’s summer collection of women’s active wear will ensure you’ll look and stay cool all day.

In need of a good summer beach read? Stop in one of Minneapolis’ many independent books stores, like Moon Palace Books, which stocks new and used books of every genre catering to all types of readers, or Milkweed Books, which primarily stocks poetry, fiction, and nonfiction with an emphasis on local authors and publishers.