These ideas might seem obvious, but a little refresher won’t do us any harm. Here are some tips on how to instantly look and feel more Summery. And you’ll stay cool too.

  1. Lighten up your layers: The hotter it is the fewer you’ll wear, unless you’re subjected to arctic indoor air-conditioning.
  2. Lighten up your fabrics: Summer is the season to wear cotton, silk, linen and rayon rich blends. Cotton-silk blends get my vote for favourite hot weather woven blouse fabric. These blends are also great in breezy pant styles and dresses.
  3. Lighten up your silhouette: We all know that the most effective way to stay cool in the heat is by wearing an airy frock made of natural fibers. Think fit-and-flares, empire cuts, and sack-like sheath styles instead of super form fitting frocks.
  4. Lighten up your clothing colours: Wearing something white and lightweight spells Summer. Think casual white dresses, jeans, shorts, clamdiggers, skirts, pants, linen jackets, denim jackets, camisoles, tops and blouses. If white is not your thing, think off-white, cream, tan, sorbet pastels or dove grey. An effective way of wearing black in Summer is to pair it with white. Wearing white with grey and citron is one of my personal favourite colour combinations.
  5. Lighten up your footwear colours: Wearing flesh toned and metallic sandals is a no-brainer. Dove grey shoes are fab too. For the more adventurous there’s bright coloured footwear and white sandals. The more foot skin you expose, the cooler you’ll feel.
  6. Lighten up your handbag colour: Think light neutrals like tan, grey, cream and white. Bright colours are obvious but don’t forget pastels, zebra print, basket weaves and all over patterned bags.
  7. Lighten up your nail colour: It’s fun to pop extra bright or light colours onto toe and finger nails when temperatures soar. Personally, I stick to bright blue or green toenail polish – both of which are a nice change from deep burgundies, reds and plums.
  8. Lighten up your hairstyle: A few light steaks or a shorter do paves the way to a Summer look.

You don’t need to do all of these at once. Some you may not do at all. Maybe you like your hair longer in Summer so that you can tie it back into a ponytail. Maybe you enjoy the contrast of a  black Summer handbag because you wear lots of white and cream. Maybe you like ventilating silk and cotton blends best in dark colours. Maybe you like black sandals with red toenail polish. It’s up to you how to make your Summer look work. But if you’re stuck, these tips might help. Have I left anything out?

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