I live at an elevation of 1,634 feet in the Great Smoky Mountain Range’s foothills, where we consider ninety degrees sweltering. This week, I will show you how I dress to be as comfortable as possible for different summer heat events.
The type of fabric you wear can make you feel even more hot and sticky. I reach for open weave fabrics with a bit of texture, such as cotton, linen, crepe, and some rayon. Seersucker is another great summer fabric. Don’t give up on polyester; research has come a long way since the days of pastel leisure suits.
Designs that stand away from the body without waistbands or collars are much more comfortable because air can move freely over your body. The best option for achieving this goal is a dress. This navy blue sundress ticks off all the boxes. It is 100% cotton with bra-friendly straps. If there is a chance of a glimpse of your bra, make sure you wear the bra’s color that is close to the color of your top. Dresses with a flattering long uneven hemline are great for those of us who do not want to show all the veins in our legs. I wore comfortable platform sandals to give the illusion of longer legs. There are also patch pockets, which will come in handy for a soft cotton hanky. Never touch your face with your hands during the day. When you do, bacteria gets deposited there and will cause breakouts later.
If I am going to be spending hours outside (attending a music festival, for example) instead of just a few minutes in the park, I always wear sunscreen and a wide brim straw hat, which I do not remove until the end of the day. Ladies do not remove their hats when they go inside.
Light colors are cooler and reflect light better. Navy is a better option than black if you are like me and want to look smaller than you are. I keep a scarf with me for air-conditioned spaces. I tie it to my bag’s handle or fold it up and stow it in the bag.
The look shown here is what I wore for a brief stroll through Founder’s Park in Johnson City before we joined friends for a light lunch on Saturday.