6 Summer Style Tips to Beat the Heat

  • A longer dress that is loose will actually be cooler to wear than a tank top and shorts that cling.
  • Fabrics like linen that are breathable, yet well-constructed, are great choices.
  • If you're going to wear jewelry, you may want to stick to earrings.

For many, summer may be the most fun time of the year. There are picnics, concerts, vacations, and other activities to keep you busy all season long. Unfortunately, these are also the hottest days of the year, so things can get pretty uncomfortable. Dressing nice for your summer gatherings and trips is a challenge in sweltering temperatures. To make things easier, follow these summer-style tips to beat the heat.

Natural materials, such as cotton, allows the air to pass through and cool your skin.

1. Wear Loose-Fitting Items

When it comes to summer clothing hacks, one of the best tips is to keep your clothing loose. Clothes that fit loosely allow air to flow through them, which is cooling to your skin. A longer dress that is loose will actually be cooler to wear than a tank top and shorts that cling.

2. Choose Lightweight Fabrics with Structure

It makes sense to choose lighter fabrics for the hot summer months. Heavier materials will simply trap the heat and have you sweltering in no time. However, there is such a thing as too light when it comes to staying cool. Flimsy fabrics that cling to your body will cause you to sweat more. Rather than searching for the lightest items you can find, seek pieces that are lightweight, but that are also structured in their fit. Embroidery or seams can improve the fit of an item. Also, fabrics like linen that are breathable, yet well-constructed, are great choices.

3. Opt for Natural Fabrics

As noted above, linen is a wonderful fabric to use for ladies clothing. It’s breathable, and it doesn’t cling. Synthetic fibers like rayon or polyester trap the heat close to your skin. They’re also more likely to cling. Natural materials, such as cotton, allows the air to pass through and cool your skin. They may absorb the sweat and dry faster than synthetic materials as well. You’ll stay comfortable all day when you wear lightweight, natural fabrics.

Go with lighter-colored clothing. They keep you cooler because they reflect the light away from you, rather than absorbing it.

4. Go with Light Colors

There’s a reason that summer fashion trends tend to feature light or pastel colors. Dark colors attract and collect heat. Though they may look stunning next to your tanned skin, you’ll want to avoid them during summer’s hottest days. Instead, go with lighter-colored clothing. They keep you cooler because they reflect the light away from you, rather than absorbing it.

5. Add a Hat or Light Scarf for Sun Protection

If you’re going to be outside in the direct sun, you’ll want to be sure to take extra steps for protection. Taking cover under a tree or canopy is great if that’s an option. Otherwise, you can take steps to prepare for outdoor events by bringing light, wide-brimmed hat or a lightweight, breathable scarf to help protect you from the sun. The hat’s brim will keep the sun from hitting the delicate skin of your face. A scarf can be a multi-purpose fashion item. Depending on its size, you can find multiple creative ways to wear it for sun protection as well as a touch of flair. Drape it over your shoulders if they start to feel burnt or wear it as a head wrap for stylish protection. You could even use a small, thin scarf to tie your hair up and off of your neck if you start to feel too sweaty.

6. Keep Jewelry to a Minimum

If you’re going to wear jewelry, you may want to stick to earrings. A pair of earrings, no matter what their size, touches very little skin. Therefore, they should be comfortable to wear in the summer heat. Rings, bracelets, and necklaces can cause all sorts of issues on a warm day. These items may stick to your skin, keep air from flowing to your skin or trap heat beneath your clothing. The less jewelry you wear during the summer, the better you’ll feel.

These summer-style tips should provide a good start for beating the heat this season. You can still look stylish while remaining comfortable. Even on the hottest days. So, go out there and accept every invitation for summer gatherings and events. Have fun and enjoy playing with your wardrobe. Some strategic wardrobe planning will ensure you keep your cool no matter what the temperature is outside.

Tracie Johnson

Tracie Johnson is a New Jersey native and an alum of Penn State University. She is passionate about writing, reading, and living a healthy lifestyle. She feels happiest when around a campfire surrounded by friends, family, and her Dachshund named Rufus.

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