When the temperature rises, look (and feel) cool with these fashions and accessories that will help beat the heat. Here's my latest fashion editorial as Contributing Editor of Closer Weekly about clothes that keep you cool.
KEEP IT LOOSE
When you’re trying to keep cool, the less you wear, the better. But if you want more coverage, choose styles that don’t hug your body. We’re thinking maxidresses, wide-leg pants and flowy skirts.
Sabine Aya Maxi Dress, $149 Piperlime
ASOS Maxi Dress, $96 ASOS
ASOS Full Maxi Dress with Sheer & Side Panels, $124 ASOS
The Motion Stripe Dress by Cameo, $150 Piperlime
Gabriella Rocha Lauren Ashley Skater Skirt, $34 Zappos
Prabal Gurung Pansy Print Satin Skirt, $450 Nordstrom
BAN THE BLACK
Not only are pastels and white tops hot this summer, they’ll also keep you totally cool! Black and other dark colors absorb heat and suddenly turn your clothes into a sweatbox. Gross! Instead, trade your black for light colors.
Vintage Stripe Tunic, $98 J. Crew
Joie Alizeh top, $268 Piperlime
LET YOUR TOES WIGGLE
Goodbye, ballet flats! It’s time to set those toes free. You want the chance to show off a great pedicure and let your feet breathe a bit. Even just a little bit of bare skin in your summer shoes can help your feet escape the heat. Try thongs, gladiator flats or strappy wedges.
Leila Ankle-Wrap Sandal, $160 J. Crew
Yosi Samra Cambelle Flat Metallic Sandals, $138 ShopBop
LET YOURSELF BREATHE
To keep body temps down, always opt for natural fabrics like linen, cotton and silk. They offer breath-ability and are known to regulate temperature. To avoid the wrinkles that come with linen look for blends like cotton/poly.
Textured Ink Stripe Pant by Splendid, $128 Splendid
CREATE SOME SHADE
Direct sun is not only a hazard for your delicate skin, it can also raise your body temperature. Try a wide-brimmed hat in straw, raffia or cotton canvas so it’s lightweight and comfortable. But don’t think that means you can skip the sunscreen! Reflected light can cause major skin damage, too.
Airy Summer Straw Hat, $31 J. Crew
Tory Burch Classic Grosgrain Fedora, $61 Tory Burch