What to Wear

Living in the south can be brutal, especially during the long summer months. At my previous university in western New York, students rejoiced at the occasional sunny, 65 degree day. Out would come the sunglasses, shorts and even swimsuits, which in my opinion was a bit extreme. In the south, most people consider a comfortable 65 degree day as being chilly. While I was out and about in town rocking shorts and a tank top with my gladiator sandals, native Floridians were instead bundled up in warm coats and UGGs. People probably thought I was crazy!

Now that summer is almost here, the temperatures in the south are quickly rising. Our closets need to be locked, loaded and prepared for battle with the scorching hot sun. If you’re in need of an outfit inspiration to survive a heat wave, check out this Fashionista’s colorful (and breathable) look.

On those insanely hot days, it’s important not to weigh yourself down with too much fabric or too many pieces paired together. If you want to avoid ending up completely naked by the end of the day because you can’t take the heat anymore, stick to simple looks like this one. This Fashionista paired together a button-up denim tank with a pair of comfortable striped shorts. Both pieces are light enough to not suffocate you when you’re feeling steamy, yet they still look completely fashionable.

This Fashionista also added a black floppy hat, which is an essential on those bright sunny days. Not only are they an amazing accessory to your look, but they also help to protect your skin by keeping the sun off of your face. Along with the hat, she added a bright statement necklace that helps bring out the colored stripes in her shorts. To pull the look together, she chose to rock a pair of heels with edgy cutout details. The heel isn’t too high so they’ll be perfect for walking around in the sun while still keeping your prestigious Fashionista title.

One Simple Change: To transition this look from dressing for a Heat Wave to Day to Night, ditch the floppy hat and save it for daytime wear only. Then, instead of shorts, try a pair of printed, high-waisted harem pants. They’ll look great with the denim top while still being light enough for the heat.


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