How to beat the heat and look chic. This is a Most Serious Topic in Florida, where the 30-day forecast calls for 90 degrees and 110% humidity. We don’t mess around with heat down here. Sure, our homes are mostly air-conditioned . . . and where do we go except for home these days? 😊 But you still have to get out once in a while, for a walk, or a short, sanitary trip to the grocery mart, or if you’re lucky, for a quick dip at the beach or pool.
We’re fortunate to live on the ocean, but you couldn’t flutter a flower with ocean “breezes” in July. I look into my closet with a yearning to dress well, even if it’s just for an evening stroll. Most everything in the closet looks back at me and laughs, “You can choose me but you’ll be a melted popsicle in ten minutes.”
My denim skirt feels way too heavy, my short-sleeve knit dresses feel too smothering. And never mind my hair, which has its own story in the Florida summer. I’ve been trying to achieve a St. Vincent look but usually end up more like this:
I’ve experimented on how to beat the heat, and stay stylish. Here’s what works for me, and I’d love to hear your ideas:
Linen tees and tanks. I adore these because they don’t stick to your skin, they look modern and fresh, and are easy to wash/hang up to dry. I’ve got a black one from Etsy and plan to add a cream linen tank. They go with everything!
Loose fitting open neck tees. Look for 100% cotton. No tight fits, and definitely no tight sleeves. I prefer an open neckline or a vee-neck, even though a high-neck tee is more current.
Silk skirt. It doesn’t sound like the coolest garment but silk is actually comfortable in the heat. A medium weight is best, and I hand wash mine in gentle soap, hang to dry. I’m crazy for the mermaid midi styles that are no longer “in”. Don’t care, I find them on eBay, Poshmark and Thredup for under $50. They’re super-smart with a cotton tee knotted at the waist, or a linen tank.
Bermuda shorts. I don’t wear shorts. Until I do! I needed something to wear for walking that wasn’t my usual ratty running shorts. I didn’t like wearing the ratties into a coffee shop for a to-go latte. So I relented and bought these super-comfortable Bermuda shorts on Amazon. I’m trying to wean myself from Amazon but sometimes they hit the button just right.
Bonus: portable ice pack I fold one of these frozen plastic pouches into my bandana and tie it around my neck. Jaunty and icy cool!
“Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.” – Langston Hughes
How do you beat the heat? Stay fabulous and safe, wash and wash and wash, xo
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