By: Kelly Roque
We all know when the “summer” truly hits our sunshine state, the last thing we successfully accomplish is looking fashionable. Or how about I say, the last thing we feel like is fashionable (or at least the majority of us). I at times fear the mirror after the hustle and bustle of running my boys around (boys= son and husband), running to the store, running errands and just always running. I think I can actually feel my makeup sliding off of my face like candle wax and my clothing stick to me like a garbage bag. However! This does not stop me from trying, in fact, it can be my day’s challenge. One thing I’ve tried not to loose is looking presentable in the heat (even if I’m the only one that believes I indeed look presentable and favoring sitting in an air conditioned space like a mannequin…ha)!
There comes that dreaded time where you have to get dressed and it is south of 85 degrees outside of your door, weather it be to your Uber job (we are all Uber drivers to the loved ones in our life, no pun intended of course), your office job, a play date or a cool brunch. So what is the top pick for these days when living in an inferno, alas…a dress of course! Yes…this is far from rocket science but a staple piece that is much alive and easy to achieve. When it comes to maximum ventilation, the perfectly fitted dress is my #1 choice. I myself like to go crazy with colors and patterns but cotton is typically my go to. Being an advocate and owner of organic and sustainable clothing for women, organic cotton is definitely something to choose when looking for favorite finds. Especially in the heat, it is soft and truly absorbs any moisture throughout the day. Of course it is not always available when choosing your favorite dresses, so plain ole cotton works just well. Please…please and please again, stay away from any poly’s and rayons (100% that is, a mix is fine though) because you will find yourself like that garbage bag I’ve mentioned. Materials are key when it comes to the heat.
Again- you can’t go wrong with a dress but you can if it is continued to be paired with the basic flip flop. I know we all love a flip flop but change it up a bit and loose the mindset of “if I can’t wear flip flops…I’m not going!” Throw on a sandal sometimes (note: a flip flop is not necessarily a sandal). Now, if you are attending an event weather it be day or evening, a small wedge or heel will give any dress and YOU a few more points, I promise. Don’t always flip and flop, give your leg muscles a run in something elevated, plus you will feel like you look…which is sexy and quite amazing! Speaking of what not to do, I see soooooo many beauties walking around in exercise clothing and I think to myself, Yep! I am guilty too but I just cannot continue to choose exercising cloths as my “dress.” At least not everyday that is. First of all, I feel that it screams “look at me…I have to take Jimmy, Johnny and all of the kids to soccer.” It has become the obvious choice of mom identity (no ladies- I am not saying we shouldn’t show our mom identity but at times, actual girly/ whimsical/ women’s clothing can make a difference and accent your personality even better verses the neighborhood women’s uniform of exercise clothes). Lets admit, we are not all running and working out the way we are wearing these work- out clothes. My husband actually notices this with women and has commented on those that are definitely not exercising but have chosen to replace Under Armor and Nike with their dresses. It is warranted for some functions but not everyday and for everything (just saying’…we know who we are, I can be guilty at times myself).
Outside of the “dress,” there is a list for this summer that is sure to steer you in the right direction as either a stay at home mom or an office warrior:
Maxi Dresses– Always in, so buy a couple.
Lightweight Denim– Oh this is my fav (weather it be a dress, bottoms or a top).
Cold or exposed shoulders– Now, it took me awhile to accept this one since I felt like a gypsy when I bought my first top. Can I say how many compliments I got when I wore it. A winner!
Tanks– We live in the south so this is a no brainer but have fun with them and choose some patterns and stripes.
Skirts– Choose the skirt with pleats please. Minimal pleats but get some pleats this summer. When is the last time you wore a skirt (if recent, kudos to you then)!
Comfy Bottoms– Yes, loose bottoms, preferably with a paper bag waste are totally in right now! The great thing is they can be worn like sweats and won’t stick to your thighs. 🙂
Fab fabrics this summer include patchwork patterns, gingam and stripes. Let me tell you, I am a patchwork gingam gal…I challenge you to try these fabrics, you will be sure to be noticed.
So- the next time you are wondering what to wear in this heat for just about anything, find “that dress” and rock it like it’s your exercise clothing!
With lots of summer love ♥-
I’m Kelly, busy mother of one amazing son and a wife to an awesome husband. Our family of three loves any and all things family and each one of us contributes dearly to the life we’re enjoying together. We live in the Fishhawk area and value our time spent surrounded by other great families and friends. I am a WFHM by trade and a writer and entrepreneur by heart. My pass time is an obsession for fashion, home and interior decorating. ♥