Do you ever feel like as soon as summer hits you’re sweating bullets and trying to dress modestly and you end up needing to make several wardrobe changes possibly even take two showers just to stay cool and covered up for summer?
Whether you want to stay modest or you just feel self-conscious, I have some great tips for you to stay looking good, cool and breezy, while staying covered up.
Summer months bring lots of extra heat, sunshine, mosquitoes bugs and humidity. Dressing in these conditions is certainly a challenge for those of us that love summer let alone those of us who feel like it’s torture. Although you may want to be as cool as possible, you may not want to be showing every square inch of your body. Stay cool and covered up with these simple tips and recommendations.
Tip one is to have more self-confidence
We all have areas of our bodies that we don’t particularly like and mine have always been my flabby arms. If I’m just being honest, I just haven’t put in the work to tone up my arms. Over the years I’ve grown less and less self-conscious about it and started to see myself in a positive light. But even just a few summers ago I wouldn’t have even dared wear short sleeves.
I would always find myself trying to cover up and would be sweaty, hot and uncomfortable.
First, if I want you to focus on building self-confidence. You need to understand that no one is looking at your body and judging it. Most people are really just looking at their own bodies and judging themselves! So maybe the problem areas that you’re struggling with really aren’t problems after all. The same goes for me and my arms. I would never be caught dead wearing anything shorter than a T-shirt and there was even a time when I wouldn’t wear T-shirts.
Recently I started wearing even shorter sleeves and I feel great!
Tip number two is to focus on fabrics
Try to stay away from fabrics that don’t breathe for example polyester, nylon, and other synthetic materials. Start stocking up on natural fibres like linen, cotton, and silk that breath and let your body heat escape.
Tip number three is to try skirts in various lengths
I find that most dresses these days tend to run too short for my liking. However, if your petite chances are you will have no problem finding dresses that are a good length for you. If you’re tall with long legs, try shopping at stores that carry tall options and like The Gap.
If dresses aren’t a great option for you I highly recommend looking into skirts. You can find skirts in any length to suit your body type. I really like these from Everlane and Madewell.
Longer skirts are back in fashion and that means that you can find knee-length or even tea length (Hitting at mid-calf) skirts.
Tip number four is to play with colour
Study what brands are putting out for their summer collections. I’m constantly inspired by:
You can find great inspiration for colour palettes. I’m really into a few of the bright colours that Everlane has been putting out recently. Summer is a great time to experiment and play with new and fresh colours that might be outside of your comfort zone. If in the winter time you tend to wear deep autumnal colours like maroon and Evergreen, try brightening those up on the colour wheel by going for Poppy and lime.
Tip number five is to ditch the layers and thick materials
Wearing heavy cotton jeans, and multiple layers on the top will only increase the amount of body heat you’re carrying. Swap out heavy cotton denim for lightweight linen or chambray trousers like these linen-cotton trousers from The Gap.
If you’re used to always wearing camisoles or tank tops underneath T-shirts or blouses, try to find a few comfortable and lightweight bras or bralettes that will give you good coverage without being an added layer.
Allow yourself to step outside your comfort zone and show a little bit of skin. Play with different colour palettes and materials. If dresses and skirts are too short explore a couple of really cute skirts in various lengths. You can still dress bright, cool, and breezy for summer while still being modest and covered up.
Follow these simple tips and resources to help you create the perfect wardrobe for summer.