It’s hot, humid and the sun is out in full-force. A sundress would be ideal, but not on a high-profile day with VIP meetings. What to wear?
Photos by Ashley Wu
Being a very fair-skinned redhead, I have to be very careful in the sun, especially the summer months. So much so, my dermatologist has warned me: I cannot be in direct sunlight for more than 5 to 10 minutes a day, and I should wear long-sleeved and high-collared clothes.
While it sounds rather Victorian, it is good advice, and in my case mandatory when just the start of my day can expose me to direct sunlight for at least 10 minutes — in walking to the bus and waiting to board it.
So, despite the record-setting heat which this July has been gaining a good bit of notoriety for, sleeves act as a respite from the sun, allowing the skin to stay protected and cooler from the heat, longer.
And, naturally, my first instinct is to be wearing a brimmed hat to protect my face as much as possible. But often, the task of wearing long sleeves, a hat and yet being comfortable in a casual way — i.e. pants and flats — is a really hard combination.
Enter my saving grace: camel-colored soft leather loafers, plus, bone- and creamy-toned slacks. Light colors are a summer must that not only keep you cool but have you looking calm, cool and collect!
The lighter tones, waist-down, brought a level of sophistication to the outfit, allowing the option for a hat. To pull out the baby-blue shirt, with white collar and cuffs, I choose a navy blue hat and threw in my navy and white houndstooth scarf to “connect the dots.” (Check out this houndstooth scarf in another Thrifty.Vintage.Chic. outfit, Click Here!)
How Much for ‘Cool & Comfortable Business Professional’?
$0 Camel-Colored Easy Spirit Loafers (Hand-Me-Downs)
$0 Bone-Cream Toned Slacks (Designer Sample)
$2.00 Navy Blue & White Houndstooth Scarf (Salvation Army)
$2.50 Navy Blue-Brimmed Vintage Hat (Thrift Store)
$15 Baby-Blue, White Cuffed & Collared Shirt (Gap, clearance)
$15 Celtic Pin (Mid-Winter Scottish & Irish Music Festival)
(So) What’s the Take-Away?
Being hot doesn’t mean you can’t look hot and stay cool!
Buck the urge to take it all off (figuratively speaking …) on hot days. Wear a hat and long sleeves, especially when you will be in the sun. I know, I might sound very motherly, but it’s for your own good … here’s why:
Wearing a hat keeps your head shaded from the sun and cool, while also allowing your body heat to escape through a porous hat — such as a woven straw, like the one I am wearing.
Secondly, long and loose sleeves will keep you cool as it allows the air to circulate around your upper body. The beauty bonus is that it also keeps the direct sun off your skin which will prolong age spots, or various skin cancers.
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