Look cool and collected in the heat

Style guru SJ offers some tips for beating the heat in style.

Look cool and collected in the heat

With summer really heating up around Australia, it can be even harder to get dressed every morning. There is a fine line between keeping cool and still looking classy, so here are some tips for beating the heat in style.

Wear the Pants
Pants are often overlooked when the temperature rises for fear they will be too hot. Excluding jeans, most pants can actually be lightweight and a great option for allowing your legs to breathe. Linen, silk or even georgette pant are all great options. Go for a wide or slim bootleg so they don’t cling to the leg.

See my vest
There is no better time to pull out a vest than in summer. In my opinion they look much better with a short or no sleeve than over a long sleeve. Go for either a structured or soft, floaty vest in light neutrals colours such as cream, white or a soft grey. Layer over a cap sleeve tee or cami for a polished outfit to wear to work or out to dinner.

The LBD is still your superhero
While many steer clear of black in summer, the little black dress really is appropriate for any and all occasions. Opt for a less dressy tee style during the day and simply pair with sandals. Avoid the all black ensemble by matching with a brightly coloured handbag or some bright, fun jewellery.

Skirting around the subject
At a certain point skirts are often a more flattering option than shorts, particularly as fashion comes down to proportion and it is becoming increasing hard to find any longer shorts that compliment the legs. Having said this, skirts are usually a more classy and versatile investment anyway. Go for a knee length or midi skirt in an a-line style. If wearing a more fitted pencil skirt, make sure it isn’t too tight and that the material is one that will allow your body to breathe. Team a floaty skirt with a black tee or fitted cami. Go for a light, flowing top with some volume to balance out a fitted skirt.

Don’t forget the feet
Footwear can become much more difficult in summer. The best option is to free your feet and allow air to circulate around them by wearing open toe shoes. Sandals are a fantastic option especially as they can still be very dressy if they have embellishment. A small wedge can give some added height for the workplace or in the evening. It’s best to avoid boots and closed flats where possible as these can look and feel to heavy for the heat. 


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