It’s summer time, and while I love the extended hours of sunshine I hate the heat. It’s sticky, oppressive and deflating. I can actually feel the heat sitting on my chest. In Texas, temperatures are well above 100 degrees most days. I “glisten,” as my grandma calls it, as soon as I step outside. Glistening is the ladylike version of sweating, but sometimes there ain’t nothin’ ladylike about it. It’s hard thinking about putting on clothes, much less having to look presentable once I’m at the office. I mean, my main goal is looking respectable while wearing as little clothing as possible.
The morning trek: house to car, car to office, doesn’t help. Cue glisten. Luckily my car is in the garage attached to my house so it’s not too far. But by the time I leave the house, my car has basically been baking in a little box, reminiscent of an oven, and the heat is suffocating. Then, I trudge the distance from the office parking lot to the building, which guarantees my shirt will be sticking to my back and my bangs clinging to my forehead. Not so ladylike. It’s a whole different ballgame once I’m inside. To make up for the boiling temps outside, it’s freezing inside, to the extent that I actually use a heater in my office. A heater! In summer. Crazy.
Here’s a few tips to keep you stylish and dressed to beat the heat:
Layer Up: Outside=boiling. Inside=freezing. What’s a girl to do? Dressing in layers keeps you cool when you need to shed a layer to cool off and keeps you warm when office temps reach sub-zero levels. Choose a cardigan rather than a blazer because it’s lighter and breathes better. Swap the old sweater on the back of your chair for something more stylish. In the summer, keep a jean jacket around, because it’s seasonal and versatile enough to incorporate into most outfits.
Flowy not Fitted: Choosing a flowy midi or circle skirt versus a pencil skirt is an easy fix. The tighter the clothes, the more constricting and hotter you feel. A midi or circle skirt is not only practical but on point for this season’s must-haves. Bermuda shorts instead of pencil skirt are a great option for a modern twist on traditional office attire.
Bare a Little More: Summertime means baring a little more skin by flaunting those sexy ankles and shoulders. I love how elegant ankles look when accentuated by a cropped trouser and strappy sandal. Cropped pants versus regular slacks are an instant upgrade to beat the heat while sleeveless blouses in bright colors and neutrals fit the season. Bright colors instantly bring you into the warmer months like summer and spring and neutral colors look airy and light.
Light is Right: A light colored, breezy dress perfectly suits the day you don’t really want to get dressed, you feel bloated or just plain can’t decide on anything. A dress is simple, flattering and super easy because you can accessorize as little or as much as you want. Lighter colors are less likely to show sweat and don’t draw heat the way black or navy do. Floral and lace are delicate and create the perfect palette.
Nude and Black: While shooting, I realized all you need is a pair of nude and black sandals. A wardrobe staple, nude and blacks sandals complement any look.
What are your tips for staying cool while it's hot?
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