Hot Summer Fashion For Summer's Hottest Days
Temperatures in the dog days of summer might be higher than any other time of year, but life keeps rolling, file organizer tote bags stay full and schedules don't stop because of the heat. You still need to dress for work, social occasions and casual parties. However, you don't want to burn up on your commute, find yourself unprepared for office A/C or feel uncomfortable during your night out. Read on to learn about some fashion tips for the dog days of summer to help you keep your cool, stay out of the sun and be ready for temperamental temperatures.
Breezy And Breathable
Finding an appropriate work outfit during the dog days of summer isn't ideal, but there are many everyday fabrics that will allow your body to breathe. Cotton is an overwhelming favorite for the hottest or most humid days. Chambray, woven from cotton, is typically a finer fabric that is great in the heat and also has a distinct, fashionable look. Rayon or natural fibers like linen are also fine options for humid weather. Just keep an eye out for blended fabrics. Clothes are typically labeled as one fabric even though that fabric is a mere percentage of the overall design.
Solutions For Sweat
Whatever fabric you plan to wear, you can always take it down a few degrees by choosing lighter colors over darker shades. Light colors do a better job of deflecting sunlight rather than absorbing heat. Not only will lighter colors allow your skin to breathe, when combined with a lighter fabric such as chambray or linen, they will also dry faster in case you experience some perspiration or get caught in the rain. As far as the traditional wool suit goes, lighter options like seersucker, fresco and tropical wool will make it easier to breathe. Removing layers like undershirts may not seem like the right move if you think you're going to sweat, but having less layers can keep you cooler in crucial moments.
Unexpected Air Conditioning
One of the unexpected things office workers sometimes have to deal with is the frigid air that starts blasting through the vents as soon as the hottest stretch of summer begins. Almost every person has a go-to office sweater or pullover to combat the unexpected chilly hours, but to keep your professional look up to date throughout the season, consider refreshing your office go-to with a new lightweight cardigan that reflects the changes you've made to your wardrobe since you started relying on that old pullover. Keep an option at your desk that is neutral enough to wear with a variety of outfits so you're set for any day of the week.
Hats And Shades
Beating the heat is one thing, but shielding yourself from the sun is an entirely different obstacle. Professionals know the stigma of wearing a hat to the office. It hasn't been done for decades and isn't often tolerated in the workplace. Oddly, this rule is pretty firm across the board for women and men, but that doesn't mean you can't put on a stylish hat or sunglasses during your morning commute or when going out for lunch. Just remember that most people consider it respectful to remove hats and shades when entering the building.
The dog days of summer can be pretty unbearable for those of us unaccustomed to scorching temperatures and higher humidity. With knowledge of the lighter options available, you can turn your wardrobe around just in time for the hottest weeks of the year. LTD Commodities has the lighter fabrics and fashion accessories for your end-of-summer wardrobe, as well as everything you need to refresh for fall, from a new Paris comforter set to festive Halloween decorations.