Summer Fashion Tips ~ Keep You Cool

The grass is always greener on the other side, and that is especially true when it comes to seasons. During the winter, all you want is a warm summer day. But when the July and August heat hits, you remember how hard it is to look your best as your makeup slides south, your hair goes north, and your skin becomes a sticky oil slick.   Here are some tricks to help keep you a little cooler.

1. Keep your clothes loose. The looser, the better. The less fabric you have actually touching your body, the more comfortable you will feel. Believe it or not, a flowy maxi dress will keep you cooler than a pair of shorts and a tank.

2. Avoid flimsy fabrics if you do not want your clothes to stick to your body. Lightweight materials are great for hot weather, but they need to have some structure (like embroidery or seams), so they do not cling to you the second you start to sweat.

3. Choose clothes in natural fabrics. Cotton, for example, is more breathable than polyester or rayon. It is also better at absorbing sweat and dries faster, which means you will not feel sweaty for as long as you would if your clothes were made from synthetic fabric.

4. Avoid embellishments.  They tend to weigh down your clothes so they are closer to your skin, trapping body heat. Try wearing a patterned garment, which will add the same kind of interest to your outfit.

5. Wear a wide-brimmed hat or keep a lightweight, woven scarf in your bag. Drape the scarf over your shoulders or head whenever you feel like you are getting too much sun.

6. Wear unlined jackets, skirts, and dresses. Not only is a lining one more layer between your skin and the air, it is often synthetic, meaning it will not breathe well and will leave you feeling like you are walking around inside your own private sauna.

7. Leave your backpack or large tote at home in favor of a handbag. The last thing you want on a hot day is a huge backpack stuck to your back, or a gigantic tote stuck to your side, making you sweat. Take this opportunity to clean out your bag and get back to basics, since the less stuff you carry around, the less you will exert yourself, and the less sweaty you will feel as a result.

8. Use a scarf to keep your hair off your neck. A small cotton scarf is great for absorbing sweat, whether you use it to tie up your hair or wear it around your neck with your hair down.

9. Stick to light colors. Dark colors absorb light and can make you feel hot, while light colors reflect light and will keep you cool.

10. Wear minimal jewelry. Earrings are fine because they do not really touch much of your skin, but necklaces, bracelets, and rings are often more trouble than they are worth once the temperature rises. Lightweight chains stick to your skin, heavy necklaces trap your shirt against your chest, metals get hot, and bracelets cover your wrists, which are a major cooling point on your body.

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