Summer as much as I love you I could do without the heatwaves. Nothing is worse than wearing a gorgeous summer outfit and feeling like you are melting. Anyone struggle with summer fashion as much as I do? It wasn’t until a few years ago that I discovered the secrets to staying cool and put together. During some of my travels, I picked up that linen is a very popular fabric in hot parts of the world. The Incredible thing about linen is that it is so versatile and can be dressy. Who would have thought? In addition to my favorite clothing picks, I also included some accessories and beauty products to make sure you stay as put together as possible.
An array of casual and dressy linen dresses is my secret for looking effortless during a heatwave. A nice mid-length is flattering and comfortable. There are so many great styles out this season! The white Mara Hoffman dress could be dressed up or dressed down. It can make for a crisp work outfit or styled casually for running errands. The Reformation dress is perfect for a weekend of activities, and the Benita dress is a great option for a dinner out or a more formal occasion.
Finding the perfect linen blouse can be a challenge. The secret is not stopping until you find something that fits just right. Finding your favorite silhouettes in linen will be a game-changer. I love bright linen tops or patterned options, but a light white button-down is always a great choice.
Linen trousers are a summer staple in my closet. These brands have perfected the dressy linen pant! There are so many incredible options in various colors and patterns. I lean towards a very crisp white linen pant but it’s fun to mix it up too. They wick away sweat with ease and add the perfect amount of cool to any look.
If you are planning on sitting out in the sun for an extended period of time a hat is needed. No one wants a sunburned scalp. It also helps keep the sun off of your face – preventing wrinkles! Whether you are headed to the beach or sitting outside at brunch a light summer hat is a great investment piece.
Where would I be without sunglasses? They are simply a daily necessity. I always have at least one pair in my bag at all times. Here are three very cute options at various price points! I find it best to at least invest $50 into a pair. The inexpensive pairs always scratch and break so easily.
I often opt out of wearing a lot of makeup on hot days. I’ll stick to a CC cream and some long-wearing products. There are a few things I always keep on hand during hot spells: a face mist, deodorant, SPF lip balm, and sunscreen. The face mist is very refreshing and gives your makeup a boost. Deodorant is a no brainer. If yours starts to wear off you have it! Impromptu beach trips, the gym, or a hike could all lead to needing to reapply. Best to have on hand! SPF is incredibly important to keep your skin safe when the UV rays are exceptionally high. I love to make sure I have a face + neck sunscreen at the very least. Another thing many people forget about is lip balm – sunburned lips are easily avoidable! This Kiehl’s one comes in a variety of tints to keep your lips looking great all day.
The most important thing to remember is a reusable water bottle. You never have to worry about having to purchase an emergency plastic water bottle and most places will fill up your water bottle no question asked. It is the best tip for keeping cool and hydrated – which in turn keeps you looking good. Another thing I find helpful is carrying a reusable canvas bag instead of my normal bag. It has extra room for beauty products and water. Also, they are much lighter and don’t stick to your skin. I think this Everlane tote is very classic and cute.
I hope you are inspired by this post to go out and add as much linen to your wardrobe as possible! I would never survive 90-100 degree days without it. And remember, linen can be professional and dressy too! If you can’t get enough summer fashion check out my post on delicate white lace tops!