My goodness, it's hot right now. As much as I love the pink sunsets, long days, and countless frozen treats of summer, there are some things I don't dig: the sticky, puffy mess I become; how stuffy the condo feels; sweating on public transit to and from work. But over the course of several sweltering summers, I've developed an arsenal of tricks for keeping my cool when the mercury climbs.
Most of these tricks are demonstrated by this look:
Lightweight natural fabrics are your friend. Silk, cotton, and linen breathe better and launder well.
Choose loose over skintight. A drapey racerback tank and A-line skirt are more comfortable and flattering.
Wear a wireless, non-foam-cup bra. After all, what is the point of a swingy little sun dress or skimpy layers if you're going to strap yourself in a sweat-trapping device? I like Canadian label Fortnight, which makes supportive wireless, unlined bras in a variety of sizes. The lace and bright colours look good peeking out of racerback and cutout style tops and dresses, too.
Carry a smaller purse. The thought of an oversize leather tote weighing me down or sticking to my skin doesn't appeal.
The simpler the sandals, the better. Zillions of straps plus swollen feet and lots of walking equals blisters and pain. Besides, the minimalist ankle-strap styles are very on-trend right now.
Streamline hair and makeup. A braided 'do that keeps layers and bangs off your face, SPF BB cream, tinted lip balm, and a good mani will do.
So what do you do to beat the heat? I'd love to know!