In addition to rising temperatures and weekend getaways, summer brings with it the urge to shop…..or maybe that is just for me?! I always have the urge to shop! Summer parties and weekend jaunts down the coast require a cute new outfit, right? I understand that new summer outfits are not always in the budget, so here are four simple tips to improve your style without breaking the bank.
1. Buy summer shoes a half-size or a full-size larger than you normally would. It is not the most flattering of facts, but our feet swell during the summer. That is why it is key….when shopping for new shoes this time of year, buy shoes a bit larger than you would in winter. Natural materials like leather, canvas and suede will definitely stretch, so going up half a size should be fine. Of course, you should always try them on!!
2. Pay close attention to your fabrics. To stay cool on steamy days, it is best to seek out materials like cotton. Linen also is a solid summer material….it is stronger than cotton and a better conductor of heat, making it the most breathable fabric. Contrary to popular belief, silk is a good choice for summer as well, since it is natural, breathable, and cooling. The only downside is it has to be cleaned frequently if you sweat.
3. Reinvent your clothes. As you know I am a huge proponent of using a tailor for alternations. A tailor can also inexpensively transform a item, making it look totally different. I had a maxi dress that I had shorten to make it knee length, added a denim vest, and the entire look was different.
4. Keep your actual makeup from melting. You are always hearing about ways to keep the makeup on our face from melting, but how about the products we tote around with us in our bags? Try this trick: Freeze a Zip-Loc freezer bag overnight, and before you leave for work, toss in the cosmetics you normally take for the day (a lipstick, a foundation, etc.) While it is not a long-term fix, it will keep your products cool until you get to work, or whichever air conditioned place you are headed.