Staying cool in the heat doesn’t require you to don swimwear for the next three months.
And let’s be real: even if a bikini top is indeed carrying you through the weekend, it isn’t going to cut it at the office come Monday morning. Instead, beat the heat with these three tried and true tips to keep you calm, cool, and collected during the summer months.
Breathable fabrics and shoes – Take a quick peek at the label of the clothing you’re about to clad your body in and do yourself a favor by avoiding anything synthetic. Polyester and rayon you’re out. Ditch them for cotton – and as much cotton as you can get your hands on. Others may recommend linen, but it’ll take about 60 seconds for it to wrinkle. Cotton on cotton is your best bet for melt-proof.
Dresses (and skirts) are key – Dresses have a natural air flow that will prevent you from turning into a popsicle. While it may seem counterintuitive – picking a flowier version with more fabric or even a longer hemline – you’ll be thankful when denim cut-offs and a tee aren’t suction-cupped to your body. And if you’re like me and your brain isn’t working at 100% when it’s too hot, only having to think about one piece just makes life easy.
Stick with the crossbody bag (especially if you’re not wearing sleeves) – When temps soar into the 90s and beyond, you’ll be happy when your purse isn’t stuck to your skin. Not ideal. In lieu of your tote or satchel, opt for a crossbody style that grazes a clothed part of your anatomy instead.
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Photos by Mike Avery