SUMMER DRESSING: Stay Cool Look Great

Summer is a big challenge for style and beauty care. But, there's a way to beat the heat, look and also feel great

Summer dressingWearing light, cool dresses in linen or cotton is a great way to beat summer heat and look great.

The great thing about summer dresses is that they are always fashionable and seldom faddish. This means that each year adding one or two to your wardrobe will give you a great selection to choose from. Summer dresses also make getting ready a snap. Paired with a great pair of sandals you are on your way.

To get the most mileage and look your best choose dresses that are knee length, suit your body type, and are in your best colours.

Knee length dresses and skirts look best on all women. The reason is that a hemline that ends one-inch above, at, or below the knee reveals the most attractive part of a woman's leg. Wearing dresses, or skirts, that are more than two inches above the knee is risky business - because, a lot depends upon on the occasion, the image you want to project, and the shape of your legs. Dresses or skirts that end mid-calf are equally as risky; in that, they sometimes create a dowdy look. Not always - but, only sometimes.

It is not a good practice to buy any item of clothing simply because it is on sale. This holds good for dresses too. Dresses chosen with your body type in mind will look terrific; whereas, a dress chosen only for the availability, price or fabric, will not only hide your assets, but will probably accentuate your less desirable parts.

There is no better time to wear exciting colours than warmer months. Use accessories - shoes, belts and handbags in your best colours to spice up neutrals. If you are unsure which colours look best on you put it near your face and look in a mirror. If it makes you look vibrant, it's your colour; if not, keep looking. Pairing your favourite bright colours, with white, will also create winning combinations.

Cool white

White is a great neutral for hot seasons. It not only looks great but deflects heat while keeping you looking fresh and inviting.

Since white reflects light, wear it only in areas that you want to attract attention. For example, if you want to minimise large thighs or behind, don't wear white bottoms with a dark top, since white will make the bottom look larger, especially when contrasted with the darker top. This doesn't mean you can't wear white. The trick is to wear it head-to-toe without drawing attention to any particular area. For example, wear a white top with white pants, or skirt, using colourful accessories to bring attention away from problem areas.

Black and white combinations are excellent creators of dramatic looks. Wear a white skirt with a black top, black shoes, white handbag and black/white necklace. Handbags and scarves that have black and white patterns will also add pizzazz to any all-white or all-black outfit. So, experiment!

Dressing for office

Dressing for the workplace is a challenge in the best of times, but becomes more of a challenge when faced with hot, humid temperatures. Many women view summer as a time of "baring it all," which can be costly in a business environment where the high outside temperatures seem to over-ride common sense. Low necklines, short skirts, shorts, sandals, flip flops, bare arms, bare legs are better left to outdoor leisure activities. When inside, where the air-conditioning is keeping you cool, it's more fitting to keep your clothing professional.

When temperatures rise, it is appropriate to make subtle changes in your wardrobe by whether it's a day-camp or a weekend-away, adventure sports or robotic workshops, miles away or around the corner, camping gives students a fun outlet to learn and grow.

Summer Hair Care

Depending on your hair type, the high moisture content in the air during humid weather will either make your hair limp, or frizzy. There are simple steps you can take to minimise the effects of humidity and maintain your hairstyle.

If your hair is naturally curly, select a style that works with your natural waves.

  • Choose a cut that is long and slightly angled
  • Longer hair creates more weight preventing excessive curling and frizz
  • Slightly angled and layered cuts will keep hair from looking too bulky
  • Use anti–frizz styling products and conditioners
  • Separating your hair into one-inch sections, twirling it into curls while it is damp and combing the curls into place with your fingers, after your hair dries, is a great way to keep your hair under control.

If your hair is fine and limp, excessive humidity will make it wilt. Avoid blunt cuts, since the added heaviness will weigh it down and cause it to lie flat. Layers are great to add texture. Use as few conditioning products as possible because they weigh hair down. Instead, use a clarifying shampoo weekly to remove product build-up. To add volume at the roots blow dry your hair in an upward motion and add mousse only at the roots.

Summer Essentials

Summer is here and it's time to get ready for the scorching sun and heat. You need to have a few must-haves in your summer wardrobe that are not only stylish and trendy but also helps you combat the warm temperature.

A-line skirt

The A-line skirt is a classic, and probably one of the best items a curvy gal can own. It's fitted at the waist and flairs out. It doesn't hug in unflattering spots, and is usually knee length

Capris

Capris are a really cool way to dress down this summer. Get a pair of denim or khaki ones, and pair them with either plain or fun-printed shirts. If you're going to go with capris that have a pattern, stay away from anything too large. The bigger the print, the bigger you'll look.

Sarong

Sarongs are awesome for summer, and really help add sophistication to what could otherwise be a fairly boring swimsuit. They're flirty and light, and can be worn so many ways: short, long, tied in the front, or on the side.

Shorts

Shorts are the perfect summer wear. Exactly how short you go is all up to you. And, keep in mind that attitude is crucial for pulling off certain lengths. Another factor is balance. Skimpy tops and little bottoms just don't work, no matter how hot the weather is. Selecting the perfect pair depends a lot on your height.

- Source: Seasons India

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Sheila Dicks
Sheila Dicks is an image and wardrobe consultant. Her motto help people reach their full potential and perk up their self-confidence with improved dress sense. She lives in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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