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What to Wear During a Heatwave

“It is times like these, that great heaven knows, that we wish we had, not so many clothes.”  So begins the 1980’s pop summer hit,  now cult classic, “Strip,” by Adam and the Ants.  Remember it or not, on hot days, it is definitely an appropriate mantra and a fashion dilemma.  Yes, it is all well and good for those of us who have he luxury of baring it all on a daily basis, but unfortunately, most of us have to maintain some modicum of propriety.  So what do we do? How should we dress on days in which we really don’t want to dress at all?

Shoes
Sure sandals and flip-flops are easy and great, but, let’s face it, our feet aren’t always our best assets and open shoes are often not the best office look.  Luckily, canvas espadrilles are a stylish alternative, as are backless mules and flip flops. And be aware, smart pedestrian, foot discomfort is more common in the hot weather, as sweat causes friction that can lead to blisters.  Invisible ballerina socks are good summertime investments and you may want to rub some Vaseline on the backs of your shoes.

Undies
Although some of us will chose to forego the undershirt in especially hot weather, keep in mind that in may be your best weapon against sweat patches.  Your best bet is a t-shirt rather than a sleeveless, which will not guard against armpit leakage and grey or pearl colors are the least likely to show through white material. Ladies who are concerned with concealing the errant bra strap may want to consider a clip in strap converter or multiway bra.

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Materials
Textured fabrics such as seersucker, linen and cotton are good summertime choices.  They only touch parts of your skin, allowing air to get in.  When buying cotton tees, aim for quality to avoid looking too casual.  Pair them with loose fitting skirts or baggy pants or culottes for a professional summer look.  If you feel you look too “beachy”  accessorize with killer shoes and purse.

Accessories
The only hat you want to wear is a straw one which will provide shade while allowing air to get through.  Most of our body heat escapes through our heads, so trendy as they might be, ski hats and baseball caps may be figuratively cool, but they are literally quite the opposite.  A blazer is a good move for covering up those sweat patches, but leave the lined ones at home.  Silk, satin and polyester, most commonly used for lining suit jackets, make it notoriously difficult for skin to breath.  A bandanna in the back pocket is a good idea for a quick rubdown and, if you really want to get a leg up on the rest of us, you can pick up a hand held fan.  Also, consider keeping a spritzer handy. Apply sunscreen regularly.  Wear light colors.  Look hot, keep cool.

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How to Cultivate Your Personal Style

Think you were born without the fashion gene? Think again. You’ve already got a personal sense of style, you just may not know what it is yet. The following five tips will help you narrow down what really makes you feel like your best self and how to build a wardrobe around these elements.

Start an Inspiration Board
Looking to celebrities and fashion icons can be a helpful tool when it comes to trying to determine just what your personal style really is, but the chances of having just one person represent everything you love about fashion is pretty slim. Head to Pinterest and start a board that contains celebrities, fashion icons or just general outfit ideas that you really love and are attracted to. After a while, you will begin to see trends across your board which can help you determine who to look to for inspiration and what the basic elements of your wardrobe should be.

Clean Out Your Closet
Once you have some ideas about the fundamental pieces that your ideal closet should have, go through your current closet and see what items you already have and what items don’t fit with the look you want to achieve. Plan to donate or sell any items that no longer fit or that you haven’t worn in the last six months or so. The more you refine your closet, the easier it is to build a wardrobe that contains only those pieces that really inspire and excite you and that reflect your personal sense of style.

Shop Smart
When you’ve thoroughly gone through your closet and cleaned out items that no longer fit, that don’t mesh with your personal style or that haven’t been worn in six months, you can start introducing pieces that do fit your style into your wardrobe. When it comes to buying clothes a good rule to follow is quality, not quantity. Invest in classic pieces like a great pair of leather boots or the perfect little black dress because these items will last and are great essentials. Shop at stores like T.J. Maxx or Forever 21 when you want to experiment with trendy pieces. This allows you to still play with the most recent trend without dropping a lot of money on items that may not really reflect your personal style.

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Snap a Selfie
As you begin to build your closet with pieces that you really love, it’s easier to get a bit more creative about how to wear these items. Some days, you walk out your door just oozing confidence and feeling like a million buck and when this happens, take a picture of your outfit, accessories, hair and makeup. These pictures are the epitome of your personal style and can serve as inspiration for more spin-off outfits or they can help you put together an outfit when you’re feeling less than inspired.

Consider the Whole Package
Your clothes are only one element of your personal style; you still have hair, makeup and accessories to play with. Add a signature piece to your closet. Audrey Hepburn had cropped pants, Jackie O. had her amazing sunglasses and Taylor Swift has her red lip. Look at the clothes you own and consider what element will work with your wardrobe in its entirety then try it out.

It can be difficult to part with clothes in your closet, but you will feel so much better once your closet contains only those items that really make you feel like you. Have fun experimenting with different pairings and use accessories to help each individual outfit stand out. Cultivating your personal style is all about making you feel like the most gorgeous and confident version of yourself possible and the five tips we mentioned will help you to find your own sense of style.