The sun is out and it is prime time to swap out the knit and turtlenecks for something lighter and breezier. But losing the option to put on layers upon layers of stylish pieces to create the perfect look is hard to cope with, so you need to know a few tricks to dressing in the summer that will keep you cool – both literally and figuratively.
Choose the fabric
When you know you’ll be spending a lot of time in the sun, you want to choose fabrics that will make you feel good. Natural fabrics like cotton and linen will allow your skin to breathe underneath them, even if it is a tight fit. However, that doesn’t mean that they are always the best choice. For example, if you will be working out or
sweating a lot for any reason, you don’t want to wear cotton, since it will absorb the moisture. What you want is a material that will stay dry, and those are usually synthetic, but they are the right option in these situations. The lighter the fabric, the easier it will be to stay cool, but you also want to be careful that your clothes aren’t see-through, unless you’re wearing something underneath.
Layer it up
Yes, when it’s warm and sunny, you probably want to spend most of your time in a bikini, but during spring when it’s transitional weather, or if you just live in a place like London where the weather is quite unpredictable, you will want to have some backup, and a way to adapt to the weather. The perfect way to do this is to wear a lot of thin layers. Something that will let the breeze blow on your skin and not weigh you down, but still enough to keep you from shivering. There is an increasing popularity in kimonos in the UK, not just because they are stylish, but because they
are a great piece to throw on over a T-shirt and a pair of shorts.
We all like to play with our style and decorate our outfits with all kinds of accessories. But there is a practical side to all of this as well! A big straw hat isn’t just a bold fashion statement; it is also a way to protect your head from the sun and keep cool. But if you want to take it a step further, a fun and elegant accessory you will love having is a hand fan. Something that you can just plop into your bag and take out whenever you need a dash of fresh air.
Get the right fit
There are plenty of people saying that when summer hits, you should wear oversized everything to stay cool. But this isn’t exactly practical, because “oversized”.
isn’t a flattering shape for a lot of people. Luckily, there are ways around this! Cold shoulders, crop tops and laser cut-out details are a great way to let your skin breathe, but if want to wear something loose, pick an item that cinches in the waist, or put a belt on it yourself. Don’t tie the belt too tight because you could end up with a sweat line. If you want to protect your skin from the sun, but not boil in the clothing, maxi dresses, bell sleeves, long skirts and loose pants are all great options to keep you cool and covered.
Staying stylish is not easy when you are drenched in sweat, but by dressing smart and using the weather to your advantage, you will be able to enjoy every minute of sunshine. Stay true to your style and dress in what you find most comfortable, because when you feel good – you will look good!