Style Advice for Summer

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With the heat of the summer months quickly approaching, it is time to refresh your wardrobe and get it ready for all of the new looks that you will be creating in the upcoming months. However, looking chic while staying comfortable and sweat-free can be difficult, so here are a few snippets of summer style advice to help you out.

Summer Shoe Sizes
Whether you like it or not, your feet are going to swell during the summer months, although the rate at which it does so depends on the individual. Nevertheless, any shoes that are in your regular shoe size are likely to start feeling quite tight and uncomfortable, which is why it is important to have a few pairs of summer shoes that are either half a size, or a whole size, larger than what you would usually buy. Natural materials, such as canvas and suede, are much stretchier than synthetic materials, such as faux leather or plastic, so keep this in mind too when determining your summer shoe size.

Loose Clothing
While you may think that some skintight shorts and a matching tight tank top will be the best way to keep your body cool during the summer, this is not actually true. Instead, the less fabric that you have touching your body, the cooler you will feel, so try to opt for looser clothes rather than tighter clothes.

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Natural, Breathable Fabrics
The most breathable fabrics tend to be natural, and this means that they are better at absorbing sweat, and dry much faster, leaving you feeling cooler and fresher. This means that you should try to wear clothing that is made from fabrics such as cotton or silk, instead of polyester and rayon.

Do Not Re-Wear Clothes
While you may be able to re-wear your favorite top a couple of times in the winter before it needs a wash, this is something that you should try to avoid in the summer months. Your clothes are likely to contain much larger amounts of sweat, dirt, skin cells and cosmetics, which will make them less breathable, and make you feel hotter, so be sure to wash them after every wear.

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A Printed Dress
A printed dress will soon become your go-to item for the summer, so make sure that you have one in your wardrobe. This could be anything from a short and flirty mini dress to a long and flowing maxi dress, because, whichever you choose, you are bound to look delightfully feminine.

Wear a Hat
Hats can often feel quite suffocating, especially in the heat, but they are absolutely essential for protecting your head and face from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Try to have a couple of different hats in your wardrobe, so that you can easily mix and match them between outfits. If you can find a style that features built-in ventilation, then this is a huge bonus, as it will really help to keep you cool.

Staying chic and stylish in the heat of the summer can often be quite tricky. However, as long as you have stuck to breathable fabrics in loose cuts, and have not forgotten about changing shoe sizes and the need for a hat, you will be free to experiment with as many new looks as you want.

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Street to Gym Activewear

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When it comes to picking clothes for the gym, you need to ensure that you will be as comfortable, and as flexible, as possible, but this can often mean opting for an outfit that you would not normally want to be seen in. Fortunately, there are a number of activewear brands that have decided to tackle this dilemma, creating practical yet stylish lines that can easily be worn straight from the street to the gym.

Street to Gym Activewear

 

//OUT Incorporated
While some of the pieces from //OUT Incorporated may look too gorgeous to sweat in, this is exactly what they were designed for, crafted from fabrics that are not only extremely breathable, but also shape-smoothing. From an asymmetrical tank top with ruched detailing at the sides, resulting in a fashion forward look that is so comfortable for the gym, to an asymmetrical layering bra that can be worn in so many different ways, these pieces have all been so thoughtfully designed, resulting in a line that perfectly emulates the concept of high fashion activewear.

Crane & Lion
The activewear pieces from Crane & Lion are extremely functional and look great both on the go as well as at the gym. Their Jogger Pant has quite a masculine quality to it, almost seeming as though you have borrowed them from your boyfriend, but moulds itself to the female form in a beautiful way, while their Capri Tight features back and side seams that are flattering and slimming. While their Long Sleeve Tee may not be suitable for this summer, it is another great piece to invest in for when the weather starts to turn cooler.

KiraGrace
KiraGrace is a yoga line, creating pieces using fabrics that feature a four-way stretch, so while these are great for all of your yoga positions, they are also super comfortable to wear on the street. The brand’s Warrior Tough Cut Leggings embrace the cut-out trend that has been seen everywhere recently, bringing some contemporary fashion to your workout session, while the Boot Camp Camo Pocket Tight are tights that feature a stunning print and an earth tone palette, making them easy to style with other pieces.

Move
Move by Alternative Apparel is a line that has included some really useful features into their garments. Their Flex It Tank Top boasts two pockets with zips, meaning that you now have somewhere safe to store your locker key and any other valuables when at the gym. The brand’s Lean Into It Leggings are great for those who feel that traditional yoga pants are just slightly too tight, as these are tight enough to allow your body to properly flow, but not too constricting either.

Staying stylish at the gym can definitely be tough, which is why these activewear brands have really managed to stand out from their competition with these fabulous street to gym pieces. Not only are these pieces fashionable, functional and comfortable, but they are also easy to style with all of the other gym clothes you already have in your wardrobe.

Outdoor Wedding Outfits

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Choosing an outfit for an outdoor wedding can be quite tricky, especially during the summer, because not only do you have to take into account the weather and the time of day, but you also need to make sure that your outfit is well-suited to the actual location. From the most breathable fabrics to the most suitable colors, here are some tips for putting together fabulous outdoor wedding outfits.

Breathable Fabrics
Enabling a good rate of air flow around your body is important in the summer, but this can only be done if your outfit has been made from breathable fabrics. A quality, lightweight cotton is one of the most breathable fabrics out there, absorbing moisture, while polyester should always be avoided, as its water resistant qualities mean that any sweat will be trapped beneath your clothes, causing discomfort and irritation. Linen is another natural fibre that will not cling to your body, whereas rayon is another synthetic fabric that repels water, meaning that any sweat will end up gathering in unsightly places. Silk and chiffon are also great fabrics to wear and are often more suited to a wedding than cotton or linen.

Beautiful bride

Colors
For a summertime outdoor wedding, keep your outfit’s colors as light and airy as possible. Floral dresses are often an obvious choice during the summer months, but opt for pastels or bright colors rather than dark and moody prints, as these are much better suited to the happy ambience of a wedding.

Location of the Wedding
Of course, your wedding outfit needs to be well-suited to the actual location of the wedding. If it is going to be somewhere hot and dry, a breezy dress will work well as you will need help staying cool, while if the location is somewhere that is known to be quite windy and blustery, you will need to pick an outfit that will not be affected by any strong gusts.

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Accessories
When it comes to your accessories, as well as your hair and makeup, it is best to keep everything as minimal as possible. Chunky or large jewellery is likely to only end up irritating your skin in the heat, while any heavy makeup will just slide off, requiring plenty of tiresome retouching sessions.

Shoes
While stilettos may usually be your footwear of choice for a wedding, these will not work so well for an outdoor wedding, as they will cause you to keep sinking into any grass. If you do not want to wear flats, then look for some stylish wedges instead, as this will keep you steady on your feet while still giving you a bit of extra height.

Everybody wants to look their best at a wedding, but this can often be more difficult to accomplish when the wedding is being held outdoors in the summertime. Fortunately, by knowing which fabrics and styles to pick, you will be able to put together an outfit that not only looks stylish, but will also keep you comfortable and happy throughout the day.