Staying Cool In The Heat

May 16, 2009 • Magazine

Staying Cool In The Heat

Staying Cool In The Heat

Sat, 2009-05-16 07:00

Jenn Scott

The days are longer, and are gradually getting warmer. The days of thick scarves and long sleeves are few and far between as spring quickly becomes summer.

That means it is time for a wardrobe update! Whatever you do, don’t get overwhelmed with wardrobe transitions. You get to revamp your closet. To some this means shopping; and to others it feels like an overwhelming task to complete.

Just like any season, there will always be a few staples to rely on and build from. This summer will be no different.

First, you’ll need to fill your closet with sexy, ruffled, and lightweight tops. Fun and flirty fabrics are a must-have this season. Stick with fabrics that are more comfortable and breathe better in the hot, humid air. You can beat the heat by pairing these tops with a skirt for work. Or, for a night out, try a dressy top with jeans and pumps. You can even get away with shorts and sandals!

Another staple this summer will be interesting skirts. From bright minis to modern, asymmetrical styles, make sure you keep things colorful! If you are making your skirt the focal point of your outfit, pick shoes and jewelry that do not compete for attention. When you decide to show off a pretty summer skirt, let it stay in the spotlight.

Another fabulous pick for party attire in the summer is a playful summer dress. Feel free to play with the hemline or neckline to find what flatters your figure best. Also, depending on the function you’ll be wearing your dress to, the occasion may call for something specific. Keep in mind: stay with those light, airy fabrics to keep cool on warm summer nights.

You can’t forget about your feet. Arguably my favorite part of wardrobe shopping, is also one of the most important. You can’t leave until you have your shoes on! This summer you’ll see loads of decorative sandals.

Be creative with your shoe-wear, and chose what is comfortable and what you like. If you are going to the beach, don’t wear a pair of strappy, embellished pumps! On that same note, if you do have a night that calls for embellished shoes, make sure that they are not competing with any other piece of your wardrobe. Your shoes deserve the spotlight once in a while too!

This summer, do plenty of mixing and matching to save money. Get a hold of some statement pieces, but for the most part you can shop for flirty solids that will serve dual purposes. Stick with lighter fabrics and bright colors, and you’ll have your wardrobe made over before you know it!

1. Rebecca Taylor Pearl Grey Silk Lace Detail Camisole sale: $108
2. BCBGMAXAZRIA Dusty Iris Floral Chiffon Pleated Wrap Blouse sale: $96.30
3. RM by Roland Mouret Cesar Asymmetric Skirt $1,480
4. Walter Watercolor-Plaid Skirt $188
5. Merona® Maxi Dress – Blue & White Stripe $34.99
6. Gianni Bini “Aurelia” Knit Dress $148
7. Women’s Merona® Eleora Flat Sandals – White Patent $17.99
8. Chloé Leather Gladiator Sandals $895

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