How to Keep Cool and Still Look Stylish

Stay fresh and keep cool this summer with the following tips:

(1) Wear natural fibres,

(2) Wear loose fitting clothes

(3) Simple designs and light-weight accessories are best

(4) Steer clear of anything made from synthetic fibres such as polyester. These materials trap perspiration.  I know that I cannot stand anything that has too much synthetic in it when the weather really heats up.

(5) Natural fibres such as cotton and linen are cool to wear during the summer months.

(6) Keeping cool in tight clothes is really difficult – that means you might have to get rid of the jeans, pantyhose and stockings for a few months. 

(7) Capri pants are a cool and chic alternative to jeans and full length pants on the weekend.

(8) For work consider natural fibre pants and stylish cool tops.

  • Natural fibres: The best choices are linen, cotton, and silk (see below)
  • Silk is a durable fabric great for tops, blouses and dresses which is very breathable and non-allergenic.  It is surprisingly quite durable.
  • Rayon is not strictly a natural fibre because it goes through quite a process which can involve acetate composites being added to the naturally derived cotton or wood pulp material. However rayon can be quite cool and light to wear.
  • Avoid Clingy Fabrics: You are going to look your best if you look comfortable and if you are comfortable – and it’s hard to keep cool when clothes are clingy. Find out more about these fabrics here.
  • Light-weight jewellery: Even statement pieces such as large necklaces can be cool to wear if you ensure that they aren’t made from heavy materials – try wooden filigree earrings.  A great way to brighten and accessorize neutrals.
  • Add a scarf: Quite often a scarf, made from natural fibre, can add colour to a neutral coloured dress – the plain cotton T-shirt can be styled with a scarf and the neckerchief scarf is so on trend for summer 2015.
  • Dresses: Definitely the coolest thing to wear – whether they are long or short.
  • Sleeves – Long sleeves during the hot summer months need to be loose and sheer or open-weave and made from breathable fabric.  Lace sleeves are perfect and so in fashion this summer.
  • White Clothing – reflects light – So in direct sunlight white clothing is going to be cooler than dark colours
  • Black Clothing – absorbs heat and does seem to make us feel even warmer in the summer especially if you are in direct sunlight
  • It is good to wear clothing that is comfortable and practical for our climate as well as aesthetically pleasing.The important aspect of  stylish summer dressing is wearing colour and style to suit you as an individual made from a cool fabric.
  • Do you have clothes that are summery-looking and you would probably only wear them in summer?  Maybe you keep by-passing them and wonder why?  They could be uncomfortable, the wrong size, colour or style. Maybe it is time to find out with a colour and a style consultation or  a wardrobe audit.

Contact Moana to help you sort your summer wardrobe with a colour and style consultation or wardrobe audit