Fashion Friday: Beat the Heat in Style

We all romanticize summer— until we’re actually in it. By the time July rolls around, you pretty much know what it’s like to sweat through all of your clothes. Still, the overwhelming heat and humidity doesn’t have to ruin your summer or your favorite outfits. Here are five tips to help you pick the best clothes to beat the heat.

1. Wear light, breathable fabrics.

In the hotter months, chiffon is your best friend. Not only is it one of the lightest fabrics, but it’s also a huge fashion trend. Sheer, chiffon blouses are a style staple throughout the year, but they really come in handy on hotter days. You can even wear long sleeve chiffon shirts in the summer, although I would advise choosing a sleeveless style.

chiffon shirt

 

This chiffon shirt from Wet Seal comes in a wide assortment of colors.

blue and green chiffon shirt

This blouse, called “A Lesson in Lovely Top” from Modcloth, is my personal favorite, and it’s on sale!

2. Wear cotton shorts instead of jean shorts.

There’s nothing like the quintessential jean shorts, especially when you’re trying to peel a pair off yourself after a sweaty summer day. Summer isn’t summer without jean shorts, but some days it may be wise to switch out your favorite denim cut-offs for a lighter fabric. Cotton shorts aren’t just gym shorts; many casual dress shorts are woven from cotton or a cotton blend. I love my pair of cotton shorts from American Eagle, which besides being super light are also crazy comfortable. A neutral pair of cotton shorts are just as versatile as jean shorts, with less summer stickiness. So the next time you’re buying shorts, take a refreshing break from the traditional denim.

The other nice thing about cotton shorts? They're better for trampoline jumping!

3. Don’t max out your maxi dress.

Maxi dresses have become a huge summer trend in recent years, but on really hot days, you might want to opt for a midi or shift dress instead. Maxi dresses with open backs are still a good option, but the extra length is just going to weigh you down on already muggy days. As always, choose a light fabric and pick a style and size that will hang loosely. Although skintight dresses may look good, they won’t feel good literally stuck to your body. Stay loose, and you’ll stay cool.

summer loose dress

Your friends will be “Green With Envy” seeing you as cool as a cucumber in this cute dress from Bluetique.

4. Wear light colors.

This may seem like an obvious one since we all pretty much know the sun is more attracted to dark colors, but you shouldn’t just avoid black and wear all white on hotter days. Browns, navys, dark reds, and dark greens are all colors that you should stay away from. As lame as it sounds, pastels are not just for Eastertime. Although sweat is easier to see on light-colored clothes, at least there will be less of it.

pastel color wheel

If the color can't be found on this handy dandy wheel, you might want to save the clothing for fall or winter.

5. Accept the fact that you’re gonna be hot no matter what.

When it comes down to it, the best way to beat the heat is to realize you’re going to be hot and plan ahead. Although you shouldn’t completely sacrifice style for comfort, keep it in mind when you’re choosing your clothes in the summer. If you think you’re going to complain about wearing something later in the day, save yourself and others the aggravation by choosing something else. If you can imagine yourself sweating in something, and you’re not okay with it, then don’t wear it. It’s as simple as that.

Now that you’ve heard some of my summer style tips, what are some of yours? How do you beat the heat? (Seriously though, tell me. I’m dying to know.)

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3 Responses to Fashion Friday: Beat the Heat in Style

  1. Linen: Probably the lightest of the shorts family, linen shorts are cut from a linen cotton, a soft, light knit material. They’re ideal for wearing on a really hot summer day, or if you’re sunburnt to avoid have anything of substance touching your skin.

  2. Linen: Probably the lightest of the shorts family, linen shorts are cut from a linen cotton, a soft, light knit material. They’re ideal for wearing on a really hot summer day, or if you’re sunburnt to avoid have anything of substance touching your skin.

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