With summer going on strong, we all have to find ways to beat the heat while still looking polished. For this month’s Petite Fashion Challenge, Elle of Fast Food and Fast Fashion issued the following fashion dilemma.
To create an outfit that accounts for the various environmental factors that plague us in the summer. How do you dress when it’s 90 degrees outside and 65 degrees inside? Do you utilize peel-able layers? Are you particular about choosing fabric that is light but resistant? Or do you just tack on a blazer over summer clothes?
When the weather heats up, I like to wear loose layers so the clothes don’t stick to my body. I’m a silk lover and though not everyone likes dry cleaning or hand-washing their clothes, I don’t mind much. So for summer, I wear loose silk items to stay cool in simple neutrals to make it easy to mix and match outfits.
The weather in Northern California isn’t quite as dynamic as the East Coast. It rarely hits 100+ degrees and the indoor temperature is always at an “energy-efficient” 76 degrees, but once the fog starts to roll in, the chill creeps up on you. Compared to LA and other cities, it’s cooler than it is hot. But even with a small temperature drop, I still reach for a third layer at the slightest breeze.
Dresses and skirts are the go-to item for many, but I’m a pant-lover through and through. Pencil skirts seem too restricting and warm, while flared skirts are far too impractical for a windy city.
Ever since I traded in my F21 black trousers for some grown-up Theory pants, I am hooked! I love the tapered silhouette and it’s my adult version of sweatpants. Soo comfy and stylish at the same time! This is one of my favorite outfits for running errands or a casual hangout with friends. Plus, oxfords are a great alternative to ballet flats for some added interest to a simple outfit.
To bring this outfit from casual to work appropriate, I swap shoes and add a blazer.
Peeptoes, simple sandals, or wedges are a great summer option when pumps feel stifling. As much as I adore my pumps, I think something that gives your feet some air is a welcome change.
If you’re like me and you hate sweat stains on your shirts, you can never go wrong with a light colored top. It hides the sweat better than colored ones if you are prone to perspire.
When you head indoors or as the weather cools down later in the day, a blazer helps keep you warm and professional. Can you tell I’ve been reading The Style Blogger a lot lately? I’m taking cues from menswear blogs with this double-breasted, boyfriend-style blazer.
Outfit Details: Buckley Tailors (Madewell) double breasted blazer – XS, Aritizia tank – XS, Theory Kissan Pant – 00, Target belt, Steve Madden Tuxxedo oxfords, Payless peeptoes
Mixing masculine and feminine details always create a strong and vibrant look. The juxtaposition of the plaid blazer with the floral tank creates an intersting visual feast despite the relative simplicity of the individual items. By moving away from the traditional hourglass silhouette and playing with proportions, a small change can make a world of difference between looking ok and looking fantastic. So have fun and stay cool!
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