How To Avoid Looking Like A Hot Mess During The Summer

Posted on July 26, 2018 by

Ah, summer – the days get longer, the nights get wilder, and there’s an overall sense of freedom lingering in the air. What’s not to love about it all?  

Oh, yeah, heat and sweating.  

How can you avoid looking like a hot mess, when you feel like one? Keep on reading to find out all about how to stay cool during the summer!

Don’t Sweat It: Style Hacks To Stay Cool This Summer

Staying cool (and looking the part, too) during summer has to be one of the trickiest things in the entire world. How are you supposed to look stylish, when you’re gleaming with sweat?

I have some tips on how to stay cool during the summer and look stylish doing it that might help!

1. Natural Fabrics Are Your Best Friend

I can’t stress this enough.

There’s a reason why you should stay away from fabrics like rayon and polyester, and everything else that screams synthetic – breathability, or the lack of it, to be exact.

Cotton, linen, and other natural fabrics are the way to go when temperatures begin to skyrocket during summer because they’ll let your body breath.

2. Loose, Not Flimsy

The looser, the better – that’s the golden rule for summer attire. However, make sure you don’t mix up loose with flimsy.

While lightweight materials are an excellent choice for hot weather, they do tend to stick to your body as soon as you start sweating, and that’s a look no one can pull off, no matter what. Make sure they have some structure – like seams and embroidery – that will keep them from clinging.

3. No Large Tots Or Backpacks Allowed

I know you have a favorite tote in your closet that you can’t seem to put down – it pairs so well with all your outfits!

But for the sake of staying cool when the temperature rises, you might want to reconsider bringing your large tote with you. All it does is sit close to your body, and make you sweat.

The same goes for backpacks. Yes, they’re practical, but they also trap the heat. You don’t want to see what the back of your shirt looks like once you take the backpack off – trust me on this.  

During the summer, a handbag or a crossbody is the way to go!

4. Stick To White

Think of all-white outfits as the summer equivalent of all-black outfits you can rock for the rest of the year. You’ll look effortlessly chic, but that’s not the only advantage here – you’ll feel much colder, too.

I’m sure you already know this, but it doesn’t hurt to repeat it:

Dark colors absorb the sunlight which will make you feel hot even in the lightest of fabrics. Light colors – white, pastels, and creams – on the other hand, will reflect sunlight and help you keep your cool.

5. Ditch The Jewelry

Well, to be fair, earrings are okay. Everything else – not so much!

I know it might be tempting to accessorize with large, statement jewelry pieces when all you’re wearing is a simple, oversized tunic, but try and resist the urge to do so. Metals get hot, large cuffs cover your wrists (a major cooling point), and heavy necklaces make your clothes stick to your chest. It doesn’t sound very summery, does it?

Final Thoughts

Your body will notice once the temperatures reach three-digit numbers – it doesn’t need a thermometer to tell it’s way too hot. And I know it seems nearly impossible, but with a little help from a few of these tips on how to stay cool during the summer, I’m sure you’ll get through it without even breaking a sweat!

Do you have any tips and tricks up your sleeve that you’re willing to share with the rest of us? Leave a comment below!