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Summer fashion tricks to keep cool
July 5, 2015, 1:24 pm

As you welcome in the new season, the extra summer sunshine is sure to bring smiles. But, the sun also brings with it some hot, hot weather, which makes it especially hard to focus on fashion. Don’t fret! Here are some cheats to beat the heat. Make sure to stay fresh with these made-for-summer styles and tips.

Mesh: It breathes. This sporty staple is moving out of the gym-sphere into your everyday closet with new summer styles that are more chic than athlete. Bonus, the netted material is like an updated, mini version of our favorite cut-out look, offering skin without showing too much. Layer with mesh so you will be able to feel every glorious, cooling breeze.

Midi skirts: These maxi-mini hybrids are the latest skirt frontier to cross. You will be free to roam around without a skirt tripping you up, and all with the added benefits of this easy-breezy style to keep you cool. A little flash of the ankle is all it takes to add some intrigue to your outfit.

Jelly sandals: You will be kicking it old school with this one; this playground staple is making its way back into the fashion world. Wonderfully versatile, take this look straight from the city streets to the pool. Believe it; your feet will thank you for the breathing room that only jellies can offer.

Statement Shorts: This is a summer classic every fashionistas knows, loves and trusts. Sometimes, it feels like shorts are too casual for special occasions or the office, but ditch the denim cutoffs for some pattern play or a skort and you will be showing leg and staying classy at the same time. Let us help find the best shorts for your body type.

Off-the-shoulder blouse or dresses: There is something to be said for bare skin in the summer, and you can bare a little more with off-the-shoulder dresses. This new style is making its way around the fashion-verse, from style icons to models. The most obvious choices are silky dresses or structured off the shoulders tops that be worn for an outing, while you feel chic and cooler. You can even pull a voluminous top off to the side for a one-shouldered moment.

If you want to adapt this trend to a more corporate kind of outfit, wear an off-shoulder blouse with a pencil skirt or elegant trousers. Don’t forget about the high heel shoes and professional makeup.

Linen pants: There is nothing more uncomfortable in the heat than tight-fitting clothes. Avoid anything super tight by moving towards a softer, looser look with linen pants. These classics will offer enough space to support you during even the toughest of summer’s days.

Baggy tops and dresses: Keep your clothes loose, the looser, the better. The less fabric you have actually touching your body, the cooler you will be. Believe it or not, a loose and flowing maxi dress will keep you cooler than anything clingy.

Also, avoid flimsy fabrics if you don't want your clothes to stick to your body. Lightweight fabrics are great for hot weather, but they need to have a little structure so that they don't just cling to your body the second you start to sweat.

As summer can get scorching, go for clothes in natural fabrics. Cotton, for instance, is much more breathable than polyester or rayon. It is also better at absorbing sweat and dries faster, which means you won't feel sweaty as long as you would if your clothes were made of synthetic fabric.

 Speaking of synthetic, don’t suffer through heat created by extra covers; stick with unlined jackets, skirts, and dresses. Not only is a lining one more layer between your skin and the air, it is often synthetic, which mean it won't breathe well and will leave you feeling like you are walking around inside your own private sauna.

Avoid embellishments: Try to leave behind any heavy embellishments like beading or anything made of metal. Embellishments weigh your clothes down so they are closer to your skin, trapping body heat. They are also just another layer between your skin and the next cooling breeze.

Scarves: Surprisingly, scarves have their uses during summer. Use a scarf to keep your hair off your neck. A small cotton scarf is great for absorbing sweat, whether you use it to tie your hair up or wear it around your neck with your hair down. Soak it in some cold water before you put it on for an extra cooling kick.

Wear as little jewellery as possible:  Earrings are fine because they don't really touch much of your skin, but necklaces, bracelets, and rings can often be more trouble than they are worth once temperatures start to rise. Lightweight chains stick to your skin, heavy necklaces trap your shirt against your chest, metals get hot, and bracelets cover your wrists, which are a major cooling point on your body.

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