Summer is right around the corner! I want to be super excited but I’m not. It is my least favorite season. I burn easily in the sun and I turn super tan. I absolutely don’t like being hot and sweaty.
I live in Florida and in my opinion, it is HOT regularly. Not to mention the weather is unpredictable. You just don’t really know what season or type of weather you’re going to wake up to. Florida’s weather has its own drum beat. So how does a lady dress modestly and stay cool during the summer? Here’s some of the way I keep my summers modest, stylish, and stay cool without looking like I just migrated from northern winter:
I wear sunscreen, drink lots of water (which I do regularly), and exercise. I don’t stop exercising just because it’s hot outside. I choose cooler times of the day to exercise. I normally prefer to walk or run outdoors but the summer I can tolerate the treadmill. You need to go to the gym or outside to get a nice effective workout in. Buy a mat and some weights, and make it happen at home. I avoid being directly in the sun at all cost. I use a sunscreen lotion of at least SPF 30 to protect my skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Stay hydrated! I can’t stress it enough how important it is to stay hydrated, especially during the summer. Dehydration and heatstroke are real! If you don’t like drinking water I am sorry, but you are missing out on life. Drinking a lot of water helps me maintain a clear and healthier skin. Try infusing your water with your favorite fruit(s) to add natural flavor to it if that will help. One of my favorite combos is strawberries with mint leave or lemon or cucumbers. Infused water is also great for detoxing. I use natural oils and skincare to keep my skin moist without looking greasy. My latest natural skincare beauty products are from shifrabeauty.com. your health and skin will thank you later.
I wear looser fitted and natural fabric clothing. Flowy maxi dresses and skirts are everything during the summer. If I didn’t have anything else to wear I would wear maxi dresses every day. I try to avoid fabrics that will stick to my body if start sweating. I go for the clothes in my closet that is made of breathable fabric. The more natural the fabric the better it is. Cotton is one of the best and most affordable natural fabric. I try not to wear the color black, especially during the day. The color absorbs heat. Even though black will make your body appear slimmer it’s not the best color to wear when it’s hot outside.
I avoid wearing unnecessary accessories. I love making a fashion statement, but a lot of times less is more. The less you carry around the easier it’ll be to stay cool. I have fun with patterns, stripes, and graphic t-shirts. Instead of carrying around my huge day to day handbag I opt out for some of my smaller purses and cross body bags. I don’t know about you but prefer larger handbags because I can carry my entire life in them. However, during the summer I just can’t. It’s too hot for all the extra weight. Now that I have a child I haven’t quite figured out yet how to carry around less. This summer should be interesting.
I wear summer hats. I like wearing summer hats, not just because they’re fashionable but they help protect my face from the sun’s heat. It’s also an enjoyable way to accessorize without doing too much. I like wearing the different type of hats. My choice of hat style depends on what I’m wearing. I like wearing Fedora style hats with maxi dresses and for summer evening outings. I think they’re super chic for summer. For a sporty or casual summer look, I like wearing baseball style hats or a dad cap. When I want to feel and look more feminine or rock a bohemian look I go for a large floppy hat. Chosenvesselsapparel.com has some nice ladies statement dad caps! I have a few and I love them.
I style my hair with summer-friendly hairstyles. I don’t like hair all over my face so when it’s hot outside I especially don’t want hair in my face. I prefer to style my hair in updos or pulled back away from my face. I don’t want any hair sticking to my sweating neck or be the reason why I’m hot and sweating. It’s not a good feeling! I use headbands or head wraps to keep my hair pulled back. It’s another way to accessorize or make a statement without doing too much. I also like hairstyles that allow my scalp to breathe, like box braids or cornrow braids.
I wear cover-ups. To the average person living in Florida wearing cover-ups might sound senseless. Sleeves are okay during the summer. If I need to be out in about during the day I prefer to wear shorter sleeves if it’s modest. They’re better than wearing tank tops and no sleeves. Tank tops are a means to expose skin, they don’t help keep you cool or protected from the sun’s heat. Instead of wearing heavy thick jackets and blazers I wear lightweight coverups and super thin denim. The key is to choose breathable fabrics versus wearing close to nothing.
When all else fail I wear white! It’s an easy effortless chic look and soft look. White doesn’t absorb heat like darker colors and black does. I love neutral colors overall but they’re seriously perfect for summer. If you must wear colors try wearing light colors like pastel hues.
Last but not at all the least important. I wear the right kind of shoes. There is such a thing. Summer is one of the best times to bring out your open-toe wedges, flats, sandals, and sneakers. I like wearing shoes that are comfortable and leave room for my feet to breathe. The summer’s heat will make it worse if you’re wearing shoes that uncomfortable. If you live in Florida like I do then you understand shy boots are a no for me during the summer. Comfort and breathable is key!