Summer Fashion Tips to Beat the Heat & Stay Stylish

Summer Fashion Tips to Beat the Heat & Stay Stylish

With the scorching heat of summer upon us, it can be challenging to stay fashionable while keeping cool and comfortable. I get it, I live in New Orleans, one of the hottest, most humid places around! However, dressing stylishly and staying comfortable in the hot weather is possible! By choosing the right fabrics, colors, and styles, you can create chic summer outfits that will keep you looking and feeling great. Here are some valuable tips to help you stay stylish and beat the heat this summer.

FABRICS

When the temperature rises, it’s essential to choose fabrics that are lightweight and breathable. Natural fabrics like cotton, linen, and chambray are excellent choices as they allow air to circulate, keeping you cool and preventing excessive sweating. Avoid synthetic materials that trap heat and moisture, such as polyester or nylon.

The Signature Poplin matching set from Madewell is a summer wardrobe staple, featuring a breezy and lightweight fabric with a cute stripe pattern that combines comfort and style, allowing you to effortlessly create a stylish look. The set’s coordinated top and bottom in classic poplin fabric offer versatility, making it easy to mix and match with other pieces for endless outfit possibilities. With its relaxed yet polished silhouette, this matching set from Madewell is perfect for staying fashionable and comfortable all season long.

COLORS

Dark colors tend to absorb more heat, making you feel hotter in the summer sun. Instead, opt for light, pastel, or neutral shades that reflect sunlight and help you stay cool. Whites, pastels, and mid-tones are all fantastic choices for creating a summery and fresh look. This cotton dress for less than $40 combines light fabric with a casual vibe and offers several color choices. I also love this midi-dress with its flutter sleeves. It’s appropriate for many occasions. I recently did an Amazon try-on where I showed some options that would fit here as well.

LAYERS

Layering is not exclusive to winter fashion. I find layering in the summer to be very practical since the temperature fluctuations between the outside heat and the cold indoors can be so drastic. You can experiment with lightweight layers to create interesting and stylish outfits. Opt for sheer or breathable fabrics like chiffon, denim, chambray, cotton, or organza for your layers. You can wear a lightweight cardigan, kimono, or a cropped jacket over a simple top or dress to add depth and visual interest to your look without compromising on comfort.

FIT

Tight-fitting clothes can restrict airflow and cause discomfort in hot weather. Embrace loose, flowy silhouettes that allow your skin to breathe. Opt for dresses, skirts, and wide-leg pants that offer comfort and freedom of movement. Avoid clingy fabrics and tight-fitting clothes that can make you feel sweaty and uncomfortable. This wrap maxi dress is one of my favorites from my recent Amazon haul that combines feminine charm with breezy comfort, making it the perfect choice for a stylish and effortless summer ensemble. It comes in other colors and patterns as well. Some other favorites are this oversized breezy gauzy top and this cute v-neck loose tunic dress that’s so easy to just throw on and go.

SUN PROTECTION

A stylish hat not only adds flair to your summer outfit but also protects you from the sun’s harmful rays. Wide-brimmed hats or straw hats not only shield your face and neck but also provide a touch of elegance to any ensemble. Additionally, they help keep your head cool by providing shade and reducing direct exposure to the sun. The Brixton Joanna Straw Hat is a timeless and chic accessory that not only shields you from the sun but also adds a touch of sophistication and bohemian flair to your summer outfits. I just found out that one of my favorite hat companies is an official Amazon seller. Wallaroo hats are pretty infamous in many beach towns because of their packability for travel, looks, comfort, and lightweight, effortless wear. They even make petite hats for small heads like mine!

Complete your summer look by wearing a pair of trendy sunglasses that protect your eyes from UV rays. Sunglasses not only serve as a fashionable accessory but also safeguard your eyes from the sun’s glare. My favorite brand is of course, New Orleans-based Krewe. Their sunglasses are fashion-forward yet classic at the same time. And the quality is amazing. I’ve had their classic St Louis and STII sunglasses for a long time now. I also have and love Clio. Another popular sunglasses line is Quay. They’re known for their trendy designs and high-quality lenses. Whatever brand you go with, the sunglasses you choose adds not only protection but a touch of style to any summer outfit.

Speaking of sun protection, always remember to apply sunscreen to shield your skin from sunburn and premature aging. Summer Fridays Shade Drops Mineral Milk Sunscreen SPF 30 offers a lightweight and nourishing formula that protects your skin from harmful UV rays while providing a natural, healthy glow. It’s been one of my most used sunscreens under makeup this summer.

FOOTWEAR

Summer calls for comfortable footwear that allows your feet to breathe. When your feet are hot, you often feel hotter overall. Opt for open-toe sandals, wedges, or comfy sneakers that provide both style and comfort. Avoid heavy shoes made of thick materials that can make your feet sweat and feel uncomfortable in the heat. This sandal style is super comfy and is on trend right now. I’m also showing it’s on major sale right now early for Prime Day! Also on sale early for Prime Day are the super-viral pillow slides that everyone loves for poolside, around the house, or running around. stylish and versatile footwear choice for summer, featuring a chunky lug sole and edgy design that effortlessly combines comfort and fashion-forward flair. Birkenstock-styles are always in style. I’ve been eyeing up these waterproof ones myself.

SCENT

summer scent

I’m on my second bottle of Armani Beauty Acqua di Gioia. To me, it’s a perfect spring and summer fragrance with notes of jasmine, lemon, mint, and cedar. It’s a floral aquatic fragrance that’s perfectly suited for warm summer days. and leave you feeling refreshed and uplifted. Another favorite summer scent is Replica Beach Walk. This is my go-to scent for a beach scent that doesn’t smell like straight up sunscreen. It combines salt air with sun-kissed skin, with a hint of sunscreen. It’s fresh and beachy and gives me perfect summer vibes.

Staying stylish and beating the heat during summer doesn’t have to be a daunting task. By following these tips, you can create stylish and comfortable outfits that will keep you looking cool and feeling fresh. Do you have any tips or products you’d like to share to beat the summer heat? I’d love to hear them below!

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