I often get questions concerning what to wear in the summer months. Not wanting to look frat, or plain, or too aged are all common concerns that I hear. Now, I will admit this as well, summer is my most difficult dressing season. A partial result of my own body issues that I am working through (but that's a whole different conversation), but mostly it’s due to this southern mugginess. It’s challenging to look put together when you feel like you’re wrapped in a hot, wet blanket – but here are a few tips that I thought that I would share.
These looks are more on the dressy side of the spectrum; probably best suited for The Kentucky Derby or the Steeplechase, a midday meeting, a night on the town, or if you’re anything like me, because it’s a Tuesday.
- Whenever possible, I like to stick with lightweight fabrics that breathe. Cotton is a great means to that end. Both my jacket and shirt are cotton and are go-to, inexpensive options.
- Summer-weight jackets are a must have; non-padded shoulder, unlined, and lightweight for me. Perfect for adding structure and definition to most any look.
- White denim is one of my favorite pieces to wear in the summer months (and beyond). I feel like it offers a bit of refinement when you still want the comfort of jeans. And contrary to popular belief, they pair well with more than one would think.
- As I always say, details set you apart. Feel free to experiment with prints and patterns, accessories, and shoes. These suede snuff-colored loafers are great with a variety of looks but are not the only option. I also opted for a bold stripe in my shirt as well as a club collar.
If all of this is still too hot for you, feel free to throw on a solid old faithful like I did here – these pieces will always see you through.
Admittedly, it’s easy to throw on a t-shirt and gym shorts when it’s hot, but I am a firm believer in positive presentation. Take a little bit more time when deciding your look and you’ll be surprised how good you feel.