Summer can be a hard season to dress for, but there are a few reliable ways to dress for sweltering heat and humidity. This article is also for those who break out in hives just thinking about dressing in a heatwave.
Waking up sweating and irritated from a bad night’s sleep in the heat is far from the "hot girl summer’" many of us had in mind, but there are plenty of ways to get your entire wardrobe ready for warm weather.
- Wear light-colored clothing. The sun's rays will be reflected rather than absorbed by dresses and button-down shirts in light colors and whites. It is typical for workwear to come in dark colors such as black and navy. Consider white linen blazers, seersucker suits, or light blue button-up shirts for summer instead. I recommend that you wear light colors during summer classes.
- Choose breathable fabrics. While breathable fabrics may not matter throughout the year, you'll definitely notice the difference during the summer when compared to fabrics that trap moisture. Make sure your clothing is made with linen, cotton, or silk, not synthetics, as synthetic fabrics tend not to be breathable.
- Dress in layers. Your summer fashion vibe will be influenced by layering if you're an EMU student with air conditioning in most buildings. When you need to transition from a hot walk to a cold class, a cotton cardigan is a perfect choice.
- Stay away from tight clothing. When it comes to staying cool in the summer, you should wear loose-fitting clothing. Dress in cropped, wide-leg pants, loose shirts, oversize blouses, and dresses and skirts with plenty of room to move.
- Try a one-piece garment. Separates can get very warm in the summer. Rather than a two-piece, opt for a one-piece, such as a jumpsuit or a wrap dress.
Dressing for summer can feel overwhelming, especially if you don't go to the beach and just attend classes, but you can manage it. Remember, dressing for classes is different from dressing for the beach.