Friday, May 24, 2013

Style Tips: Dressing Cute in the Heat



One question I've been getting a LOT...a lot a lot a lot...is how to dress cute in heat and humidity (like 90-100 degrees), saying you can't possibly bear wearing any layers like cardigans and the like.  

Obviously there are more ways to dress for the heat than what I'm going to post here, so if you have additional tips please write them in the comments to share with everyone!


Tip #1: Flowy Tanks

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My number one preference for really hot days is a flowy tank, preferably with some added detail like a pretty color, embellishment, a fun pattern, or special touches (pleating, lace, bows, ruffles, etc.)

Flowy = awesome because it's breezy and does not stick to your body as much.  I much prefer a breezy sleeveless top above a standard tank top that hugs your body.  And even though I wear a cami underneath all of these no matter how hot it is, it's still nice to let some air flow and let my cami catch all the sweat instead.  (Gross.)

Details like the ones I mentioned will make the top more special without you having to add anything.  Above, the yellow tank has some pleating plus it's a nice bright yellow, the white one has an eyelet pattern, and the brown one is animal print with a bow-front.

I added a necklace to the first two, but if you think even adding a necklace is too sticky in humidity then find flowy tanks with embellishment already sewn onto the neckline.  That gives the illusion of jewelry without worrying about it sticking to your skin.

Shape - note that all three aren't skin tight, but #3 has more structure than the other two.  If you are worried about your body shape not working with tanks like the first two then find sleeveless tops that have seaming that will flatter you.  They're not scarce.

So, remember...tanks with details like: color, embellishment, patterns, or special touches.  

This is the same number of pieces as a regular tank and shorts but it looks more pulled together, and personally a flowy tank feels better to me.


Other examples:

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Tip #2: "Layer" with Colorful Accessories


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If you don't mind a light necklace or a belt in the summer then use them to kick up your summer outfits, just like you would to outfits in other seasons.  They are especially great to make plain and/or neutral pieces more interesting.  

Pendants and Earrings:  I know I personally wear a lot of chunky necklaces, but not all accessories have to be chunky.  The first outfit uses a simple pendant to kick up a solid tee and a flowy skirt.  (Flowy tanks and flowy skirts.  Can you tell I'm big on air flow in the summer?)  You can also add huge colorful earrings, which I used to do a lot of in the summer (but they haven't shown up well in pics).

Skinny Belts:  The second outfit takes a lace tee and grey shorts--two pieces in neutral colors--and gives them some dimension with a very skinny green belt to add a pop of color.

Colorful Sandals:  Most of my shoes are neutral, but someone suggested in another post that you could add colorful sandals.  Great idea!




Tip #3: Dresses

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Okay, kind of amused that all of these are blue...

For the record, not all of your dresses have to be blue.  Hehe, oops.  I have yellow and pink dresses that I've worn in the summer but for some reason I just chose these.  Anyway...

I love throwing on a dress with a necklace or a belt in the summer.  Sooooo easy.  The same two tips above apply to dresses--you can find some that already have embellishment so that you don't have to add jewelry, or you can "layer" with simple but colorful accessories.  

In most cases a different colored belt can change up a dress a lot, and I think that's tolerable in a humid 90 degrees.  Okay, I shouldn't say "tolerable" because I find that almost nothing is tolerable in 90 degrees w/ humidity except air conditioning and some ice cream, so maybe I should say that since it's so freaking unbearable already, a skinny little belt isn't going to do much more damage.  Yeah?  :)

The second dress uses a green belt, and I've worn it before with a tan belt but could easily do a yellow one or a pink one.  The third dress can also use any of those colors, but what's shown above is actually a skinny leopard print belt!  Belts are not only a great way to add color, they are also a great way to add pattern and structure.

I think any of the ones below will be able to be accessorized in a wide variety of ways.  The last three come in a variety of colors, and don't underestimate number two just because it's solid!  The buttons are adorable, and it looks even better on the model in the pics.


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EDIT:  If you can't wear sleeveless tops or dresses, then the next closest things are tops or dresses like these with short sleeves, looking for similar details so that you don't have to add more things to make the top special.  Seems logical, right?  Not ideal, but those are the rules you have to work within.  Not every tip on a style blog (this blog or others) will be tailored for you, so you've gotta be able to draw out the main idea and adapt them for yourself.  So, let's practice!  How can you adapt some of these tips to work within your personal clothing needs?  Comment blow to help give other people some ideas.

And if you've got additional tips for dressing in heat and humidity share them in the comments below!

50 comments:

  1. Aaah, all of these outfits are so cute! Summer dressing is the WORST, but these are helping me feel better about it. Could you possibly do a post on how to dress for work in the summer? I know I've already found myself wearing skirts to work almost every day because it's just too hot for pants, but what about appropriate tops to wear?

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  2. Maricel EdwardsFriday, May 24, 2013

    Yes, but what if I don't like to bare my arms, missy? Is there no hope for me?


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  3. That's up to your personal decision. Sounds like you're just going to have to bear the heat more.

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  4. Maricel EdwardsFriday, May 24, 2013

    Or stay in air conditioned rooms! :) Thanks for the quick reply, Audrey. Hope I didn't sound snarky with my initial comment; it's just too early in the morning to be commenting on blogs, I guess.

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  5. I didn't go specifically into work outfits because everyone's work has different dress rules about whether sleeveless tops or shorts are appropriate or not (maybe a longer walking short?), but I think the same rules could apply. I could see the first dress linked above being worn to work.


    For tops with skirts, what about a top like the animal print one I'm wearing above, or something like options one, two, or five tucked into a skirt? Those are more like blouses that will be more polished looking. If you can't wear sleeveless then it sounds like your only other option is to wear a normal blouse with short sleeves. If you have to wear long sleeves or work in a more conservative environment, I hope they have air conditioning!

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  6. When it gets as hot as it does here in TX, fabric choice is just as important, if not more so, than the combination of pieces you pick. Anything synthetic like the chiffon-esque tanks you often see at Target can get soaked with sweat (gross, I know) when you go outside. Natural fabrics that breathe and hide how much you're "glowing" are a lifesaver!

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  7. A cotton button down with the sleeves rolled up to the elbow is actually pretty breezy since the fabric doesn't stick to you. A featherweight cardigan also works well! I wear both all summer long and I live in TX!

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  8. Monica QuijadaFriday, May 24, 2013

    Love this post. Thanks Audrey! Living in AZ this helps. I also find that stashing a cardigan in a neutral color at work helps when the air kicks into high gear.

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  9. Great tips! :-) I should really give flowy tanks another try. I've always stayed away from them because...um...I have boobs...LOL But I'll go try some on!

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  10. Haha! There are many different cuts of flowy sleeveless tops, some of which will probably not be flattering for you, but I believe there are some others out there that can work for you!

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  11. I have to have sleeves. Any shirts like the top three tanks that would work?

    Thanks for this post.New ideas and new suggestions. :)

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  12. I love a good flowy tank and dresses for the summer. Perfect to combat the heat.

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  13. I just love your blog. You have by far the best breakdown I've seen on how to put together a cute outfit! It's because of you that I am now buying tops that have multiple uses like belting/tying/tucking. I am totally pinning this and going to check my closet for new combos!

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  14. Great tips, Audrey! Something I like to do is pair two brighter colors and go accessories free. A plum tank + coral shorts makes a statement all on it's own, you know?

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  15. Kelsey WilburnFriday, May 24, 2013

    loving these sweet options!

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  16. Elizabeth BergesenFriday, May 24, 2013

    Those are all great options!

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  17. Thanks for this post! I've been wondering myself how to look a bit more out together in the crazy Texas summer! And your ideas are simple and do-able, which I really appreciate.

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  18. This is a great post! I also try to stick to flowy tops when the weather is really hot, because it's just more comfortable. Sheer tops with a cami underneath are also a great option to stay cool without being sleeveless. I'm on the lookout for some lightweight scarf print pants to wear during the summer as well when I need longer pants.

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  19. I do have one flowy top I LOVE and wear with skinny jeans. I think the secret for me is for them to curve in at the waist a little bit.

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  20. Great post! I stick to dresses and tanks :)

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  21. I just moved to Puerto Rico (hot & humidity galore). I've found dresses and skirts are my go to. Jewelry can some days be unbearable. Lately during my shopping trips I tend to gravitate towards lots of prints/patterns/detail. I feel more put together and stylish even when I can't layer on accessories if my clothes have a unique pattern/a lot going on. :) And flowy is key!!



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  22. Audrey, your site is such an inspiration - since I discovered it last week I've been a bit obsessed & am having so much fun remixing! Love it that your faith is so much a part of what you do. Unfortunately here, just outside London, it's been 48 degrees & raining (it snowed a bit yesterday!) but I can dream of 90 degrees...

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  23. Audrey, these looks are so cute as are you! Do you have a post on looping your belts the way you do?

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  24. Last year, at this day is was 82 degrees out here in The Netherlands. This year? 59 degrees! And in all of may it hasn't been better, except for like 2 sunny days. I have worn my winter coat all week. Still layering with vests, cardigans and/or jackets/blazers.

    This whole year I still havn't worn a dress or skirt without tights.

    90 degrees feels like such a luxury problem! I guess I will have to wait till my tripp to Alanya, in just less than a month.



    But, you do have great tips. I'm a true follower via Bloglovin.

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  25. Audrey you look great! i was going thru your site once again, for ideas on what i can wear to a BBQ outing tomorrow.. i want to look cute but comfy and not look like i was trying to hard..you are so awesome.. i now know what to wear :) thanks again you are such an inspiration for this fashionably clueless reader

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  26. Great post! I definitely need to put away my cardigans for the summer, it is so hot already!

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  27. Any suggestions on the best camis to layer under the flowy tops? I do that too, but the ones i have are a) old and b)pretty thick and too warm for summer. help!

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  28. I also find maxi skirts and long flowy pants with not-so-loose tank tops to be nice in the heat. They can be accessorized with belts and necklaces, but they allow airflow. Also, I try to carry a light shawl with me all summer for when the air conditioning is too cold or if I am somewhere that bare arms aren't appropriate.

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  29. Old Navy. They have great lightweight tank tops!

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  30. My only problem with summer workwear is that outside it's blazing (we get a big difference between the actual temperature and what it feels like, say temperature is 90 but feels like 105). When I go to the office in a dress especially, I carry a cardigan with me but that still doesn't stop my legs and toes from getting horribly cold :/ Guess it's impossible to cater for every single possibility.

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  31. Dory Julakis SeremetisSaturday, May 25, 2013

    Great post! What do you do about shorts that look great in the fitting room, and then you wear them and they get saggy! I have shorts from jcrew factory, loft, GAP, all with the same problems. Going down a size is not really an option since they won't fit in the waist.

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  32. Awesome tips girl :) I love that you also showed yourself wearing the items too! xo

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  33. I agree about the flowy tops. I recently got a sheer button-up sleeveless floral blouse that works great with most of my skirts (red, green, denim, etc). I can tuck or tie it for a different look. In the fall, it will be a great layering piece. I've found that using a full slip with a cami-type top under a shirt/skirt combo reduces the bulk and heat of an outfit since it doesn't ride up or bunch up around the waist. Thanks so much for these tips; your blog has been so helpful as I've had to recreate my wardrobe after moving to SoCal from the Pacific NW.

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  34. I had a major lightbulb moment with this post! I live in humidity central, The South, and have been trying to figure out what to wear to not look like a sweat monster. I love flowy tops, but most don't have a lining so the flimsy material gets soaked after any time spent outside during the peak of the heat. I never thought to wear a cami underneath as a barrier to the sweat. Thanks for the tip! Http://resettheseries.blogspot.com

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  35. I live in an especially hot and humid place and these tips are definitely helpful! :D
    I wear a lot of dresses but I guess now I can try flowy tops too! :D

    Sending you loads of love ♥♥♥
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  36. Lauren O'NeillSunday, May 26, 2013

    These tips are great! Thank you for posing in those outfits too to give us some visual examples! I just wore this outfit when the temperature reached 90 in Long Beach. These shorts are really soft and comfy and the flowy top is thick enough not to have to wear a cami under it! Nice and breezy :)

    Lauren

    Exploring My Style

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  37. Bethany Corin MorrisSunday, May 26, 2013

    Now I know why Merrick is always talking about. Your blog is great.

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  38. Thanks for your awesome blog. In response to the EDIT comment on the end...I personally don't wear sleeveless tops (for religious reasons) but still find this, as all of your posts, to be very helpful! I've found your blog recently and it is excellent at teaching style tips that can be applied to any wardrobe, really! Unlike other style blogs that make me want to just go buy more clothes, your blog inspires my creative side to come up with new outfits out of the things I already own. It has also helped me shop smarter and buy high quality, versatile pieces. Seriously awesome...keep up the great work!!!

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  39. I love this post! Dressing for the warm weather is something that I personally struggle with, and am not really excited about this summer. I usually stick to dresses and skirts in the summer, but I liked how you talked about layering with accessories. I love to layer and feel most comfortable in layers, so the summer is hard for that!


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  40. A summer go to for me is short sleeved, lightweight jackets and cardi's. I always appreciate the light layer indoors in the AC (and sleeves are more work appropriate for my job), but it it's easily peeled off as I head out the door and into my hot car. Old Navy has a great lightweight cropped cardi with elbow length sleeves right now, and I am resisting buying one in every color.

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  41. Tanks and accessories are the only way I can make it through summer! Cute necklaces save me when all I want to wear is a basic top!


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  42. Caitlin @ Greater Than RubiesMonday, May 27, 2013

    Great tips! It hasn't gotten too hot here in Texas yet, but I feel like I have to relearn how to dress for the heat each year, so you'd better believe I'll be referring to this handy guide :)

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  43. I live in sunny Yuma, Arizona and it gets HOT!
    Your tips are great! I can't think of much to add except that the type of fabric can help as well. Thinner, chiffon-y tanks like you have pictured are wayyy cooler than anything cotton. Also less sweaty.
    Great post :)

    -Megan @ never-finished.blogspot.com

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  44. A suggestion (if you're looking for one), is to keep a nice big light-weight scarf in the office. Then you can drape it over your legs under the desk, providing some extra warmth in the office when you need it. I do this year-round, as my office is forever cold!

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  45. I got a ugly gauze blouse as a hand-me-down a couple of years ago. I never woulda bought it cuz the colors & print are bold & bizarre looking. I will wear it when it is extremely hot cuz the gauze is almost sheer and so lightweight. I want to be cool & comfortable & gauze does that for me. Now, I'm stalking gauze blouses in stores & online & I will buy it regardless of print or color.

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  46. I just moved to Texas and the summers here are killer. Your outfit ideas are very helpful (especially with the accessories). I love the blue dresses. Thank you!!

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  47. Great tips! You have some seriously cute looks going on up there!

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