What to wear when you're feeling hot? I'm sure this is a question that often comes to our mind during these hot summer days, especially if you happen to find yourself in a city, where the heat seems to multiply with the amount of concrete cover areas. Today I'm here to answer this question. Besides the obvious answer- looking for the nearest city park to escape the heat, another way to minimize the unpleasant feeling of being overheated is by choosing our outfits wisely. The first thing to consider is the material of our clothes. Natural materials are the best options, but if you don't have any cotton or line items at hand, certain cuts can also be helpful. Anything that doesn't stick to your body should do the trick. Think about all the breezy or oversize items you have. Choose A-line dresses or skirts instead of pencil ones. Finally, think about colours. Black attracts the sun rays the most, white the least. Did you know that polar bears actually have black skin so that they can maximize the scarce sun available in the polar regions? Their fur is in fact not so much white as transparent and it is angled so that the sun rays hit the darker skin, not the lighter fur. Nature is a genius, I tell you. So, long story short, to keep cool you should wear white and lighter shades and avoid black and darker shades. In the summer, lighter colours are the way to go.
THE STORY OF AN OUTFIT
I actually wore this outfit more than once this Summer. If you look closer you'll be able to see that this is my pre-tan outfit, I wore it back in June before I went on my first Croatian vacation on got my tan on. The first time I wore this look was for a walk in the city and I liked it so much I decided to make it my travel outfit. You see, wearing a dress with sneakers is extremely practical. When you're travelling, it is important that you shoes are not only comfortable but also stable. If you have a lot of luggage this is especially the case. You don't want to slip your leg while you're carrying something heavy. Not that I need to worry about carrying my suitcase when I'm travelling with my significant other. One of advantages of being married to a Slavic guy is that he will most likely be more than happy to carry anything heavy for you. But, back to my point. If you're planning on doing a lot of walking in the summer, better choose a shoe that offers stability not just comfort. Slide ons are comfortable, but are they stable? Sneakers might not seem like the obvious choice, but if you choose sneakers made from cotton/denim/fabric (as I have!) then your feet should be able to breathe just fine. My advice is to take advantage of the sneaker trend while it lasts. In fact, if you ask me, the sneaker and dress combo is the hottest look to go for this summer. If you choose the right dress and sneakers combo you will look hot, but you won't feel hot, if you know what I mean.
As I pointed out in the introduction, white is a good choice for summer because it helps us with avoiding the overheating. If you feel like all white is to plain for you, maybe the best thing to do is to choose a printed white outfit (like I did). Alternative, you can go for lighter shades of the colours you prefer. Jodie from Jodie's Touch of Style just wrote a lovely post about how you can get the most out of your white items, check it out here. I love white items with prints because it's a way of getting the best out of two worlds. I've always loved prints, but during the summer I also love the comfort that wearing white gives. I suppose that makes this cherry print dress an ideal item for the summer. I do like a statement print. I decided to keep the accessorizes down to a minimum so I opted for a simple black dress.
HOW I STYLED IT BEFORE?
See how I styled these iconic Croatian sneakers before here, here, here, here, here , here , here, here , here , here and here.
|DRESS: GRACE KARIN/ BAG: NO NAME/ SNEAKERS: STARTAS|
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