I’m not sure about the rest of you, but here in the DMV (D.C., Maryland and Virginia area) the heat has been exceptionally blistering. It was already 69 degrees before the sun rose. Which meant the outfit I had so meticulously laid out the night before would not be suitable for this hot and humid day. Naturally this just made me want to crawl back in my bed. Once my alarm clock sounded, I quickly snapped back into reality, Time to go to work… on a Saturday to top it off.
I know so many of you are going through the same agony Monday through Friday… How do I cope with heat and be fashionably CHIC?
Contrary to what you may believe, the answer is not to walk around in an itsy bitsy teeny weenie bikini. I’m not just opposing this idea; more than likely it’s against your dress code at work. Not to mention all the unwanted attention you will probably be receiving, but this is the perfect opportunity to explore some of the better summer fashion trends.
The first thing to do is apply some of your favorite SPF as if you were hitting the beach. Instead of wearing less clothing try covering up as much skin as possible to protect yourself from those harmful sunrays. I know this may sound absolutely crazy. Especially if you’ll be in the heat, but trust me… It’s very possible and comfortable too.
Light weight fabrics such as cotton, linen and silk are among my favorite fabrics to wear on days such as these. These are particularly helpful because you can adorn yourself from head to toe while remaining cool and comfortable. The secret is loose knit fabric containing small breathable pores that allow the cool air from a breeze. This type of fabric allows body heat with an escape route while simultaneously providing a barrier between the sun’s rays and your skin.
Cotton, linen and silk are all natural fabrics and well-known fibers that are commonly worn during hot summer days mainly because they are:
- Soft- While being CHIC a diva must always remain as comfortable as possible.
- Absorbent Sweat is only CHIC during a good workout.
- Breathable Hot, stuffy and stale never equates to CHIC, no matter what the temperature is.
Synthetic fabrics tend to be less expensive when it comes to clothing. Despite the fact that synthetic textile and other fabric blends such as polyester and cotton/ spandex blends lack the breathable properties of clothing made from natural fibers. So if you’re wearing one of those adorable ruffled baby doll halter tops that feels smooth and silky to the touch but you are burning up… read the inside tag, it could be polyester.
Unfortunately we can’t always avoid the heat waves, but if you go through your wardrobe and choose light weight garments made from all natural fibers it makes coping with the heat much more bearable.
Be CHIC and stay cool!