Survive Summer in Style!

Because we show more skin in the summer, many of us dread shopping this time of year (especially for swimsuits)! How can you keep cool, feel confident and look fab?  Read on…

1. Lighten Up – When it comes to staying cool for summer, it’s all about the fabric. Natural fibers pull heat away from your body, keeping you happily air conditioned.  A dress made of rayon may appear lightweight and floaty, but it will do nothing other than trap heat. Look for clothing contents that include cotton, linen, and hemp, and avoid high percentages of rayon, polyester and nylon.  Darker values attract high temperatures, so opt for lighter ones which actually deflect the sun and are more relevant to the season.  As a side note, lighter fabrics sometimes = sheer. Just remember when see-through is and is not appropriate – and to stock up on camis!

2. Think “Ensemble” – Remember to focus on your total swimwear look – cover-up, sunglasses, hat, and tote – rather than just the swimsuit.  Not only does it help to remove some of the emotional charge that wearing a swimsuit can bring, it helps us look and feel more pulled together and chic.  Just like with street clothes, you’ll want to keep your best colors and fashion styles in mind, as well as the areas you want to accentuate and balance. (Statement hats and sunglasses are a great way to keep the attention at the top half of the body!)

3. Say “Yes” to the Dress – Whether it’s a tailored option for work or one that’s loose and flowy for play, dresses are the easiest way to look effortlessly chic in the warm weather.  With so many shapes and necklines to choose from, there’s something for everyone.  This season, keep the silhouette simple, but opt for a pop of color or pattern.  Remember to match the formality of the shoe with that of the dress.  Flip flops and a tailored sheath are a no-go!

4. Gentle Soles – With summer comes a more relaxed style of dress. There’s no better time to ditch the closed-toe pumps and opt for more seasonally appropriate peep toes, strappy sandals, and flats.  A great pedicure is not only a must, but also soothing to hot and tired feet.  Don’t forget to throw some Band Aids and baby powder into your bag for any pesky irritations or blisters that may come your way.

5. Beauty Basics – Match your makeup routine and products to the warmer weather.  Visit the makeup counter to investigate summer’s lighter formulations.  Swap out a heavy foundation for a tinted moisturizer with SPF.  Or, for a healthy, un-made up look, skip it completely and opt for an all-over bronzer.  Don’t neglect the rest of the body, since more of you is on display.  Remember to exfoliate and moisturize.  As for those that don’t easily tan, consider a self-tanner rather than those unhealthy UV rays.

Enjoy your summer…in style!

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