Tips to avoid hot-weather fashion disasters

No matter how much I pine for summer, the super-hot weather sneaks up on me.

Are the pits shaved?

Are the legs smooth?

Are the toes pedied?

Does this sundress still fit?

So to ensure we have a more aesthetically pleasing summer — the official start is still a week away — I’ve culled together a few fashion tips. Some may seem obvious, but based on what I’ve seen around town this week (oh, Lordy!), they clearly bear repeating

Longer silhouettes are better than shorter ones.

Often we make the mistake that shorter pieces will keep us cooler. This is not the case. They don’t blow with the light, summer breeze. And after intense perspiration, a tight shirt or a body con mini clings to us in ways that aren’t very attractive. Instead opt for the breathable a-line, the ankle-grazing maxi, a pair of wide-legged trousers. You won’t have to keep adjusting your clothing and you will feel cooler.

Go light

Lighter colors — tan, ivory, white, pastels — reflect the sunlight and that will keep you cool. Darker hues like navy and black — absorb the sun and will keep you sweating. Also, don’t forget your sunglasses. They will protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

Please, don’t forget about your feet 

Please, take care of your toes. iSTOCKPHOTO

We aren’t saying that you have to have the latest marble nail pedicure — short, clear toesies will do. Please, just groom them. And to avoid dry heals, use a lighter lotion — I recommend Original Jergens.  This way your feet won’t slide and those ankles won’t look dry. (Feel free to moisturize your elbows and knees, too.) Didn’t get a chance to get all pedicured up? Opt for sneakers. This season sneakers are going with, well, everything.

Consider a flatter shoe

This is the weather where you will you will want to carry those toe-pinching stilettos the office and take on Philly’s asphalt in a ballet flat or barely-there wedge. The scorching temps make your feet swell, and there’s nothing worse than teetering around in pain in tense heat. (oh yeah teetering around in pain in intense cold.)

Lighten up on the makeup

It’s happened to me time and time again. I’m on the phone, it’s hot outside, half of my applied face is sliding down my iPhone. Not a good look. Instead opt for a light foundation infused with an SPF. (I use URS, courtesy of Ursula’s About Phace in Rittenhouse Square, but there are several drug store brands that are just as good.) And don’t forget your SPF lip gloss. Our lips burn, too.

And then there is deodorant.

Deodorant is your friend. iSTOCKPHOTO

To quote my mom, “There is just no reason to be funky first thing in the morning,” That’s true even if the thermometer is tipping 90 degrees. Think of your cubicle-mates, your fellow Septa riders. That said try Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths (I get mine from Target) or a face mist like this Cauldie Grape Water mist that’s just $10 at Sephora.

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