Fash­ion

Easy, breezy style

Northern Rivers Style - - CONTENTS - CASSIE AN­DER­SON

Sum­mer comes with a re­laxed, laid­back vibe and dress­ing for sum­mer seems a lot eas­ier than fuss­ing with lay­ers of win­ter clothes, but find­ing the line be­tween stay­ing cool and dress­ing ap­pro­pri­ately isn’t al­ways easy when it’s over 30 de­grees out­side. It’s all about think­ing strate­gi­cally and us­ing some sneaky short­cuts to en­sure maximum breezi­ness.

Nat­u­ral fi­bres are a lot more breath­able than any­thing syn­thetic, so look for light­weight styles in cotton, linen and bam­boo. Be­ing nat­u­ral means they will be a lot less stretchy, so go for some­thing big­ger in size. That ex­tra room will al­low the air to cir­cu­late a lot bet­ter, keep­ing your body tem­per­a­ture down. The num­ber one rule to hot weather dress­ing – big­ger is bet­ter!

High tem­per­a­tures com­bined with high hu­mid­ity can make life un­com­fort­able so it’s im­por­tant to keep your shoes open and as flat as pos­si­ble. Make sure they are bro­ken in be­fore you start wear­ing them, there’s noth­ing worse than swollen and hurt­ing feet.

Look for clothes that of­fer pro­tec­tion from the sun’s harm­ful UV rays. The more skin that is cov­ered, the bet­ter. Long, wide leg pants or a maxi dress will of­fer bet­ter pro­tec­tion than short styles. Cotton dresses or tops with long bil­low­ing sleeves are a sun smart op­tion, al­low the air to cir­cu­late and are very on trend.

Clothes that are lighter in colour are more suited to hot weather; dark colours nat­u­rally ab­sorb more light than they re­flect, so more heat is re­tained. Why not take ad­van­tage of this and dress in the beau­ti­ful whites, pas­tel blues and pinks, greys, creams, yel­lows and tans on of­fer. They will keep you feel­ing cooler, and brighten your mood, more than blacks, navy blues, or any other dark colours.

Hats are a clas­sic and stylish op­tion to pro­tect your head and face from the sun. And though a hat might seem like it will keep in the heat, pro­tect­ing your scalp, face and neck from the sun will keep you cooler. Look for hats that are wo­ven and have ven­ti­la­tion points, al­low­ing air to es­cape.

Men, the rise in tem­per­a­ture is no ex­cuse to spend all sum­mer in board shorts, sin­glets and thongs. Use the heat as an op­por­tu­nity to in­cor­po­rate some colour, new fab­rics and styles into your wardrobe. Try a well-cut linen or light cotton shirt for night’s out. Switch the jeans for cotton chi­nos in light colours and roll up the bot­toms for ex­tra air cir­cu­la­tion.

Cheers to re­laxed days, longer balmy nights and easy sum­mer dress­ing. Stay cool!

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