Y’all, it’s hot. Like REALLY hot. So unbearably hot that all it takes is a walk from the office to the car to start feeling sweat drops running down your back and a dampness under your arms (damn these unforgiving silk blouses). And while some A/C may grant you a little mercy, the social calendar gods do not. August is CRAZY busy with outdoor festivals, concerts, shows and shopping. Some of our favorites include Tomato Art Fest, Live on the Green, Shakespeare in the Park, Full Moon Pickin’ Party, and more!
We picked the brains of boutique owners across town last week looking for suggestions on how to beat the heat without sacrificing style. Today, we’re taking it a step further. Rebecca Thompson once again graciously lends her expertise, sharing her four styling tips for staying (and looking) cool in these final – and brutal – dog days of summer.
What to Wear: Printed Summer Dress
A dress is the easiest thing to wear in the heat. Rebecca elaborates: “It’s the quickest thing to throw on when you wake up and see a 102 heat index, not to mention that it is light and airy,” She notes “Prints are great because they create enough visual interest on their own that accessorizing can be minimal. You want to feel light, not weighed down by anything extra. The humidity is more than enough!” We couldn’t agree more. Find a breezy, printed dress that doesn’t cling and your sweaty self will thank you.
What to Wear: With Jewelry, Less is More
Along the lines of selecting a print that requires minimal accessories, Rebecca says that less really is more when it comes to jewelry in the summertime. She says, “Pick a cuff or cool bracelet, or layer a necklace or two if you want. But stay away from anything that is going to be heavy or baggy. Don’t give yourself any more reason to be uncomfortable than you have to!”
What to Wear: Lightweight Shorts
Shorts, the blessing and curse of a summer wardrobe. Rebecca shares that it’s imperative to find a pair in which you’re comfortable. “Every woman needs a pair of lightweight shorts. Find a pair that is loose around your legs; it will make your legs look thinner and (you will) be more comfortable.” Whether you’re sitting in the grass or running around with the kids, lightweight shorts are definitely a breezy (and sometimes more functional) alternative to a sundress.
What to Wear: Solid, Neutral Dresses
A solid dress in a neutral color is the most versatile piece you can have. Rebecca tells us that it is actually something you need to have for every season in an appropriate weight. Naturally, you’ll want lighter, more breathable pieces for summer. “It’s just easy and such a great base to work with. You can throw a black dress on with sandals and take the kids to the pool but just as easily dress it up with some killer jewelry and shoes. Neutral dresses are a summer staple,” Rebecca shares. Whether you need white, gray or black, Rebecca has picked three great dresses for all your neutral closet needs.
Special thanks to Tina Gionis of Tina G. Photography for today’s photographs.
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And, Rebecca Thompson helps men and women of all ages fall in love with their wardrobe by helping each find items that are flattering and versatile on any budget. Find out more: rebeccathompsonconsulting.wordpress.com
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