How to Dress for Hot Weather and Stay Chic in the Heat
As some of you may know, I’m in India at the moment where the temperature will be a comfortable heat. However, when the heat is on the last thing you want is to be feeling hot and bothered. As you may also be heading for warmer climes this Easter and summer, here are my tips for keeping cool and chic in the sun.
Darker colours absorb heat, so opt for the lighter shades in your palette wherever possible. This can be tricky if you fall into the ‘deep’ colour category, but you can try adding a little contrast in the form of a pattern or an accessory to ensure that the lighter shades you’re wearing don’t leave you looking washed out.
A stylish hat is a surefire way to increase the glam factor whilst also shielding you from harmful UV rays. Be sure to choose a style that flatters your face shape, with a brim that covers your neck and ears, as well as your face. A breathable material like straw will ensure your head doesn’t get too hot.
Squinting is never a good look (and it gives you wrinkles), so invest in a pair of good quality sunglasses that flatter your face shape. Remember: opposites attract when it comes to face shapes, so if you have a rounder face more angular styles will work best, whereas those of you with long or square face shapes will be better suited to frames with softer edges. Don’t be fooled by cheap sunglasses, as the lenses aren’t always UVA and UVB safe. For a short while I bought sunglasses for M&S; if you are buying sunglasses on the high street, I would head for Boots, M&S and Next. The designer brands tend to have good quality lenses.
Linen and cotton are natural, breathable fabrics and therefore great options for keeping cool in warm temperatures. For those of you who love denim, chambray is a great alternative as it looks similar but is much lighter in weight.
Whilst it may not always be the most flattering option to wear loose-fitting clothes, sometimes it is a necessity. If more fluid clothing styles aren’t typically suited to your body shape, then think of ways to customise them to show off your figure – a loosely tied belt around a tunic will nip in your waist, for example. For those of you with oval body shapes, now is the time to embrace those gorgeous flowing fabrics (and maybe show a little leg, too!)