Let me introduce you to Amelia! Known for her colorful tights and vintage
items, this girl is fast becoming something like The Clothes Horse. Here she gives you some summer friendly tips for when its too too hot outside and you just wanna go completely naked in the pool (watch out for the pool boy!)
Having lived my whole life in the Pacific Northwest, summer for me is pretty mild—certainly never unbearably hot. However, after spending a week on vacation in Tennessee during a heat wave, I have a much greater appreciation of what summer means for most of the rest of the country.
When it’s 103 degrees outside, you probably don’t even want to think about putting on clothes. Thus, when you finally do have to leave the house, it’s far too easy to just throw on your lightest tank top, shortest denim shorts and those flip-flops that you claim to have only for wearing around the house and to the beach, but that seem to make it out onto the streets a little too often. I know this temptation. Don’t give in! (See picture #2—that is me wearing this outfit along with my extremely sad/confused face.)
Fortunately, making this into a real outfit is a fairly easy fix:
1. Trade the flip-flops for real shoes! Sandals or summer-y flats should do the trick.
2. Tuck in the tank to show off your high-waisted shorts (optional).
3. Most importantly, throw something lightweight on top of it.
Now you’re complaining that it’s 103 degrees and you can’t possibly wear something else on top! This is the cry of an uncreative dresser. That is why SHEER fabrics were created! If you can see straight through it (a la picture #3), it’s probably not going to add any heat to your outfit. Personally, I opted for a sheer polka dot button down with puffy sleeves worn tied at the waist (see picture #1), but you can also go for sheer cardigans, scarves, tanks, etc. That’s right—whatever your heart desires! It’s really easy to do and your outfit will probably fit your individual style better (i.e. be less generic) than if you had just left the house in the tank top and shorts.
Don’t know where to start looking for sheer clothes? You could look at the multitude of designer lines with sheer pieces, but the thrift store always seems to have a good supply at ridiculously low prices and don’t forget to check mom’s closet—you never know what kind of sheer goodness she might be hiding away.
So no more plain old tank top and denim shorts, RIGHT?