I don’t know about you, but it’s been pretty darn warm outside these past few days.
When the temperature starts to rise, most people tend to freak out a little, and end up wearing the same t-shirt and shorts ensemble over and over. This outfit works for when you’re hanging out at home in the air-con, but when you’re heading out to the beach or afternoon cocktails, it’s nice to get into something a little more stylish and summery.
Instead of using the warmer weather as an excuse to dress down and, why not use it as a time to experiment with colour, new fabrics and different prints and patterns? Embrace the warmer weather and style your outfits to complement the warmth outside.
So, is it possible to dress stylish in warm weather?
With the aid of a few of my tips and tricks below, yes, it is 100% possible to dress well for the warmer weather, AND still feel cool and comfortable at the same time.
– Stick to what you know is going to feel comfortable for you, but jazz it up a little with colour, prints and patterns. What I mean by this is that if you’re addicted to wearing t-shirts and shorts religiously, jazz them up a bit wearing a colour that you wouldn’t normally go for. Hot colours for this summer are deep blues, turquoises, pastel pinks and greens.
– Stock up on versatile essentials. We all know that trends come and go, but essentials will forever be a staple in the wardrobe. These should be mix and match pieces that can work with other staples. White pants/shorts are great for this sort of weather. The white shade will cool you down, and we all know white goes with everything, right? Add a blazer to the essentials must-have list. You may be thinking a blazer in summer – you can’t be serious? – but, yes, I am. In summer, un-lined blazers or half-lined jackets are what you need to look out for. Look for ones in lighter colours – whites, baby blues or pinks.
– Don’t forget about footwear during these months — you can always find footwear that will add that extra touch of glam. Flat gladiator sandals (they don’t have to go all the way up to your knees), sandals that feature ankle detailing, or even bright colours, will make a welcome change from the usual havaianas or Birkenstocks.
– Throw on a tunic when you’re heading down to the beach, instead of the usual two piece outfit ensemble. Not only will it be easier to get in and out for when you’re heading into the water, but you’ll feel cooler and way more comfortable. A cotton tunic with a deep v front, will be both comfortable, yet edgy for those trips to the beach. You can throw it on for late night cocktails too – just add heels!
– During summer time, I recommend opting for wedges when you’re looking for a shoe with some height. These are great for those who don’t like to wear stilettos, but still need some height. You’ll feel way more comfortable in a wedge on a warm summer’s day – trust me. Open toed and strappy styles are ideal for letting your feet breathe. You’ll also find yourself wearing wedges with practically everything you own.
– Don’t ever underestimate the power of a maxi dress. This is a summer staple that flatters every figure – just opt for a style that you know suits your figure. Lightweight long-sleeve maxi styles are always cool, and are great if you’re looking for coverage. Interesting accessories can turn a simple maxi dress into a statement look.
– Finally, accessories! Straw and felt hats will not only protect you from the sun, but they are also a classic and stylish option. Add a fedora to your short and t-shirt ensemble and you’ll instantly feel glamourous.
It is possible to dress well and add a touch of style to your summer wardrobe. Just those little extra touches whether it be a straw fedora, wedged heels or lightweight scarf, can instantly add a lift to your look.
Writer Jemma Mrdak can be found elsewhere online at A Stylish Moment // www.astylishmoment.com
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