We’ve had a nice start to summer, but July is coming and you know that we will be slammed with heat so bad you don’t even want to go outside. Everyone out west is dealing with record-breaking temperatures … we can’t help but feel that they may eventually make it our way. With an annual issue we all face — what to put on when it’s so hot outside — we asked some of our experts who deal with this issue every day as they counsel their customers. Here is sage advice from ladies behind three local boutiques: Peacock Boutique, Something Blue and Apricot Lane. We asked them each a question that we’ve all dealt with: When it’s super hot, what do you wear to an outdoor BBQ, to an outdoor wedding and to the office?
When it’s so hot that all you want to do is wear a swimsuit or sit inside in the air conditioning, but the 4th of July BBQ is calling you, what tips do you have for what to wear?
“First of all, we think it is super important to shade your face with a wide-brimmed hat, which will keep you significantly cooler and protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. A lightweight flowy dress is always a great option for a hot summer day … it will keep you cool and it will double as a swimsuit cover-up.” — Lindsey, Peacock Boutique
“I love dresses that are comfy and easy to wear for the hot summer months. I’m currently obsessed with The Breezy Dress from Z Supply; it’s the softest and easiest dress you’ll ever put on and is truly a breeze to wear!” — Breanne, Something Blue
“Who doesn’t love a great 4th of July BBQ?!? Having fun, looking and feeling good, and keeping cool is always key in the summer. We chose a lightweight scalloped-edged short with a cool off-the-shoulder top. Pair the look with a fun heeled sandal and a great medium-sized cross-body bag to keep all your summer essentials. I believe the key to staying cool in the hot summer heat at a BBQ is to wear as little as possible. Skirts, shorts, tanks, tees and lightweight t-shirt dresses are a must-have for every woman’s summer closet.” — Jennifer, Apricot Lane
We have a few late summer, late afternoon outdoor weddings to attend. What are the best options for those of us who may be sitting outside in the heat for 30-40 minutes?
“Stick with sleeveless or strapless dresses if possible, that are lighter colored and won’t show sweat marks. Stay away from black, which attracts the sun and will make you hotter. Don’t forget a stylish pair of sunglasses and simple jewelry.” — Lindsey, Peacock Boutique
“A maxi dress is always my go to for outdoor summer weddings. They are lightweight, easy to wear and can easily be dressed up or dressed down with accessories!” — Breanne, Something Blue
“Summer weddings are always a blast, but keeping cool is a different task. For this, choose a long single-layered wrap dress. This dress is lightweight enough to keep you cool on the hottest of days. We paired it with a small, black cross-body bag that can be converted into a clutch, and a pair of strappy heeled sandals. I always think of long lightweight dresses for summer weddings. They are most often a little more dressy than shorter ones, but still give you the freedom and the breathability of those shorter dresses. Accessories always dress up an outfit!” — Jennifer, Apricot Lane
Do you have any tips for dressing for a more conservative office job when it’s so hot outside?
“Layering is key! Since the weather outside may be drastically hotter than your office, you want to be able to adapt to any temperature. We think a pencil skirt and short-sleeved top look amazing paired with a blazer and some comfortable heels. A lightweight scarf is also a good option that can be thrown in your bag when you aren’t using it, but will provide some warmth and style inside of the office.” — Lindsey, Peacock Boutique
“A summer sundress can be made work-appropriate by throwing on a pretty cardigan and neutral wedges! I also love a denim jacket over sundresses if your office allows more casual dress.” — Breanne, Something Blue
“Layering with light and flowy pieces is always key to working in an office building. As we all know the office temp is ice cold and the outside temp is blistering hot. Think light layers — just because it’s summer doesn’t mean we have to turn up the color volume, so for this we chose a lightweight white pant with a flouncy black and white tank layered with a very lightweight blush pink open sweater an open-toed shoe and a large bag to carry all your daily work essentials.” — Jennifer, Apricot Lane
With summer hitting its stride, stop by any of these local Louisville boutiques and give your closet a dose of summer happiness! And for more locally owned Louisville businesses, check out the SB Guide HERE.
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