Cooling Down And Warming Up: Style Despite The Climate

August 1, 2010 • Magazine

Cooling Down And Warming Up: Style Despite The Climate

Cooling Down And Warming Up: Style Despite The Climate

Mon, 2000-07-31 06:00

Jacqueline Zenn

Choosing one’s daily ensembles during the dog days of summer presents a unique challenge: finding an outfit that keeps you cool in the sweltering heat outside as well as keeping you relatively comfortable in the frigid air conditioning once you’re indoors. While this problem is usually experienced by those of us who work in office environments, anyone who has to regularly go from spending time outside to places that are overly air conditioned (think shopping malls and movie theaters) needs to solve this problem. Here are the top five ways to develop a summer style equilibrium:

Scarves: They are classic for a reason, and no woman should be without at least one or two in flattering colors or fun patterns. This silk fringe scarf from J.Crew would go with virtually anything.

Cardi-Wraps: A combination of a cardigan, scarf, or even cozy throw, something like this Vince charcoal double layer drape sweater is the perfect year-round layering piece.

Jersey Dresses: A three-quarter or long sleeve jersey dress is perfect for the office during the summer – never let ‘em see you sweat. And there’s nothing like a classic DVF; we love this black and white print surplice wrap.

Open-Weaves: A loose-knit sweater layered over a tank or camisole lets you breathe outside but keeps you cozy inside. Something like this Alice + Olivia shrug goes from day to night with ease.

Maxi-Dresses: Just add a cardigan or scarf and you’re breezy but covered enough to combat the air conditioned chill. This black number by Doo.Ri is classic and edgy all at once.

What’s your favorite way to keep cool but stay warm?

1. J.Crew Silk Fringe Scarf $58
2. Vince Double Layer Drape Sweater $325
3. Diane von Furstenberg ‘Basuo’ Dress $345
4. Alice + Olivia Sequined Crochet Shrug $484
5. Under.Ligne by Doo Ri Seamed Gown with Leather Belt $495

Image Layout: Laura Funk

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