August 2, 2011

How to Stay Chic in a Heatwave

We're in the midst of another heatwave, which makes the age old question of "what do I wear" even harder to answer. When I know it's going to be a scorcher I always tweet the same advice - wear white. If you're not convinced, here's what eHow says:
Go for clothes in light colors. Light-colored clothing reflects the sun, which keeps heat away from the body, while dark colors absorb the heat and make you feel even hotter.
"Light-colored clothing" ... i.e. white. Still not convinced? My cousin once wore a black and white striped bathing suit on a beach vacation. The white stripes reflected the sun and the black stripes absorbed them so she ended up tanned in stripes!

Photo Credit: Definitely Golden

When the temperature is in excess of 90 degrees keep your color palette on the light side - whites, creams, blush, pale blues and heather grays. Leave "Poly" and her friend "Ester" at home. Synthetic fabrics don't breathe and will trap heat in. Select clothes in natural fabrics like cotton, linen, silk, and lightweight wool.

Photo Credit: The Sartorialist

Clothes should flow away from, not cling to, your body. That means a long, loose maxi dress is a much better choice than skinny jeans and a clingy tee. My office is arctic cold (some of us even have blankets!) so I strongly recommend bringing a cardigan if you work in an office environment. If you're going to be outdoors, try a wide brimmed hat to block strong rays of sun or carry a chic umbrella. And always remember to WEAR SUNSCREEN!! It's important people.

Hope this helps you plan out your wardrobe for what is sure to be an intense August. How do you plan to stay chic in the heat?

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