Style bloggers often close out the year with a recap of their favorite looks. I have been showing you my favorites from 2016 and explaining why the looks work for my body shape, which is an inverted triangle. Breaking this project down into categories allows me to share the reasons for wearing what I did. Yesterday I showed you some of my favorite looks for cooler weather. Today’s post is all about dressing for hot weather.
Getting dressed proves to be a challenge when the temperatures rise, but your instincts are to cover up. Lightweight fabrics and bright colors serve me well, but I have my limits. I do not have the legs to wear shorts or dresses without pantyhose or the figure to wear cropped pants, so my hot weather choices often include loose-fitting tunics with cold shoulders or some other interesting detail worn over crisp white pants.
Light wash denim, white, khaki, and sometimes lightweight black pants for evening serve me well in summer.
Three-quarter length sleeves and a lower neckline in front or the back, and a non-clinging forgiving knit that flows across my body are warm weather winners for me.
Another designer who understands hot weather very well is Pauline Durban, who created Covered Perfectly. The last time I visited with her, it was more than 100 degrees in L.A. each day for a week. We both wore her tops every day, and they were very comfortable in the heat. (Well, as comfortable as you can be when it is 109.) This tunic is loose and flowing with cutout details at the neckline, and the fabric is even lighter and softer than your favorite tee. These are qualities I look for when I need to dress for hot weather.
We often attend the theater, a music performance, a fundraiser, or another summer event, which requires that I get dressed up a bit more. Panic used to set in because when it is too hot to wear a jacket in the evening, I am lost. When I tried on this topper, I knew I had found the answer. I wore it with the three-quarter sleeve top in the photo above because I feared the A.C. in the restaurant would be too cold. I can wear it over a tank top or long tank dress with strappy sandals and be comfortable even in August. It is open with sequin details, which make it very dressy but not hot at all. I am covered and cool at the same time. Score! The key is to find a jacket or topper, which is light and airy with lots of openwork, allowing for airflow. It gives a bit of coverage that floats across your body without making you hot.
One of my favorite lines is Clara Sunwoo. I have many tops and pants from them, which I have gotten from ShopMyFairLady.com. Their tops are easy and comfortable to wear, and I always feel confident because not even a suggestion of an outline of my middle is showing.
For those times when you have no choice and know you will be out in the full sun for any length of time, wear a straw hat and sunglasses. On this day, with 100 percent humidity in 100 degrees, I threw caution to the wind and wore only a tank top with white pants and flat strappy sandals. I tied a silk shawl to my handbag to drape across my shoulders later when we planned to have lunch in a very air-conditioned restaurant.
I am so glad I bought several colors of these shirts from Express. They are super lightweight, and they fit my bust without gapping if I go up to a size large. The tabs on the sleeves keep them rolled up so that you can’t tell they are too long.
I am often asked about what I wear when I am just lounging around at home. There isn’t usually anyone around to snap a photo for you, but this is a typical, very casual summer look for me. The striped high-low tee is old from Chico’s.