If you live in the hot, humid southern part of the USA, you may have written to ask me for ideas on what to wear in summer. I get lots of questions about that. The best option is to wear light colors in fabrics that breathe. Favorites are cotton, linen, rayon, or chambray.
Dresses allow for the least amount of fabric to touch your body and thus better airflow. I’m not a fan of dresses since my legs are short from the knees to the ankles, and the calves are thick, which means a knee-length dress with flats is a very frumpy look for me. Now you know why I rarely wear a dress. When you learn which pieces work for you, invest in your favorite colors and fabrics, and stay true to your style. That’s one of the secrets of always looking your best without wasting money on impulse buys that never see the light of day.
I’ve shown you pictures of me wearing a Portofino Shirt many times over the years. The first time I tried one on was a ‘Goldilocks Moment’ for me. I knew I had found my perfect summer shirt. The fabric is very supple and lightweight, and the neckline is flattering for my face shape. I may French Tuck the size large as in the previous post, or I may wear the size medium out and partially unbuttoned as a jacket over a camisole as in these photos.
I never tuck my shirts in all the way around because I have a very flat behind. I also have a relatively flat tummy now, so I can partially tuck in the front of a shirt when it is too long, preventing the tent effect. Getting the proportions right is also essential. When we learn what looks best on us, it makes getting dressed effortless and much less expensive. That is why I never deviate from my style when I make purchases.
My look in today’s post was for a very casual family day. We went out to lunch and then ended the day sitting by the pool. This look was comfortable and appropriate for the whole day.
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