Surviving Summer

29 May

I’ve never much liked summer, a fact I reiterated to my husband when we moved to South Florida. But the jobs we wanted were here and so we came, and nine years later, I like our Florida life, though I still don’t much like summer heat and humidity. The nice thing about a Florida summer, however, is that we’re all in misery together. No one likes hurricanes and 100 percent humidity, so there’s no putting on a happy face about it.

It’s tempting to give up on cute clothes in the summer here. But I’ve found there are ways of surviving summer while still looking like you’re trying — even if you’re face is sweat-slicked.

1. Maxi dresses/maxi skirts

These full-coverage options seem counter-intuitive, but you get a whole lot of air on your legs, they feel like wearing jammies and you don’t have to worry about flashing anyone like you would in a shorter dress. A maxi skirt with a nice tank — or even a not-so-nice tank — instantly looks summer chic. This maxi dress is from Target and is my new favorite thing.

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2. A pair of shorts you love

I think a lot of us hate shorts. It’s hard to find a pair that’s flattering. They have all the problems as jeans, but with the added bonus of showing off thighs. Fun! I refused to wear shorts for years, but between Florida and kids — I need something I can wear easily on a playground — I’ve had to give in. It took me two years to find shorts I really really love, but now that I have, these (from Old Navy) are the first things I reach for on the weekend.

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3. Cardigans

I know. It’s hot. But every place is air-conditioned and if I don’t have a cardigan, I will freeze in my office — and the movie theater, grocery store and any other place I go. It’s also nice for when I’ve been outside too long and need coverage to avoid a sunburn. The key here is lightweight, wrinkle-free material. You want to be able to throw this in a bag without it looking too mussed.

4. Sunscreen

My favorite is this Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch. I like Jason, too, but the Neutrogena is available anywhere.

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5. Structured dress/pencil skirt + blazer

This is my work uniform for summer. The blazer is for warmth in the office. Once outside, I strip it off and, in a dress or a pencil skirt+tee, still look decently dressed.

 

What are your summer style tips?

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4 Responses to “Surviving Summer”

  1. ebj123 May 29, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    Does target have that maxi dress now or is it older? I LOVE IT.

  2. K May 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    I am a devout worshiper of oil blotting papers in the summer. I hate being shiny but refuse to forego makeup. Dab dab dab and I’m good.

  3. Erica May 30, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    I love shorts! Also now that I am bigger, shorts are even more comfortable than skirts because they eliminate the discomfort of sweaty thighs rubbing together…ew.

  4. N June 5, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    I need that dress and I second the oil blotting papers. I also do the cardigan in a purse thing, and keep scarves at work. And, uh, a space heater.

    I have had awesome luck with J Crew factory shorts as well as Old Navy.

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