Summer is here and dressing up becomes hectic thinking of all the heat due to the fabric and surroundings. Summer go to fabrics are cotton, muslin, chiffon, linen, lawn, etc. They are cooling but maybe sometimes too casual for formal events so what do you do then? Today’s blog will cover dressing well even in the summer and rocking the look.
1. Casual wear : go to options of cotton and linen are on top of the list but lets take a look on styling it right:
a) Western wear : a pair of shorts, mini skirts or rompers are not the only options try some chinos or palazzos to the list and you have a variety of options. Though floral and whites are the popular choices show some Aztec and tribal printerest. The key to styling is the print focus on one part of the outfit, or breaking the print with one solid piece. Bangles and earrings are less hassling and top your look with a fedora to protect your hair from the sun.
b) Ethnic Wear : Salwars and pants can be more cooling than churidars. Ghera skirts and kurtis are more cooling and hassle free pair them with chunky bangles and put on some uber chic kolhapuris and you are ready to rock your cool summer look.
Work Wear : The thought of binding clothes can be as tiring as put them on. You still have to be formal to work even in 38 degree temperature as sadly meetings cannot be conducted in shorts and flipflops. So here are some power dressing options:
a) Western Wear : Ditch the fitted trousers for gauchos and khakhis. The pencil skirts for summer dresses and tea length skirts worn with shirts, Ensure jackets are handy with peeptoes or strappy sandals complimenting your tote. The fit is what is important but these cotton or flowy fabric items make it more breathable and keep you calm and cool in the heat.
b) Ethnic Wear: Churidar and kurta are hassle free but can be too hot to handle. Try teaming a patiala salwar with a shirt collared kurta or some dhoti pants and see heads turn. Cotton sarees and A-line kurtas can be cooling as well or even kurtis paired with some capris or chinos. Add a statement necklace or bracelet and you will be making more notice than the memos sent out.
3. Party Wear : though dinners are easier to dress for but what about brunches and lunches if held outside. You will need more than just your sunscreen to keep the uv rays at bay. You have to look pretty but by making some different style choices you can make heads turn at any gatherings.
a) Western Wear : wearing a gaucho jumpsuit or maxi skirt will be a nice option from the boring jeans and capris with tops. Summer dresses can be cooling and stylish at the same time as well. Accessorize with some chunky jewellery, stylish heels and statement clutch. Don’t overdo the make up even if your outfit is simple, the make up should be complimentary and highlight one feature.
b) Ethnic wear : palazzo suits, georgette sarees, cotton silk anarkalis and dhoti pants can be cooling and trendy at the same time. Chiffon, georgette are cooling fabrics and also easier to handle. Chunky jhumkis with metallic kolhapuris and statement clutch and you will be the centre of attention. The cut and style is important and also that maybe one piece is more formal than the others can make it summer party ready outfit.
5. Wedding wear : the thought of brocade, silks, velvet and net can be bad enough to make you not want to attend any weddings in the summer at all. But worry not by styling your chiffon outfit right you might just make the shaadi shine.
a) Western wear : opting for lace dresses, pleated maxi dresses and maybe jumpsuits can keep you cool amongst the bustle of the wedding guests. Bracelets and drop earrings are your accessories with a nice jewelled minaudiere (bag it up baby!) to compliment your dazzling shoes. Keep your hair loose or twist it in a chignon and keep everybody dazzled by your beauty and summer cool.
b) Ethnic wear : indian weddings are more dressy but also a lot hotter due to the huge number of guests and open venues. How can you compete with all the wedding finery? opt for a georgette chikankari lehenga with sequins, a lace saree with a metallic blouse, organza or cotton jamdar lehenga or anarkali. Not only are these cooling but at the same time different from the run of the mill lighter silk sarees. The importance goes on the embroidery and the fir of the outfit as the fabric is lighter. Indian outfits are incomplete without bangles and the statement batwa, paired with shimmer sandals and you will be the talk of the wedding.
Since summer is more about keeping the clothes flowy and accessories simple your hair and make up can take centre stage. But the same rules always apply i.e. if eyes are heavily done than keep the lips simple and vice versa. Use a bronzer for a blush to give a golden glow to your sunkissed cheeks, powder foundations can be helpful as they absorb the sweat. Using a light mousse foundation will keep your skin hydrated and compact giving it a matt effect. Orange, peach and shades of red are popular summer lip colours. Hair left loose with the natural waves gives you a nice breezy look, whereas braids and buns can make you look classy and keep you cool.
Summer colours change every year, corals and pinks were last season this year the fashion weeks spoke about blues, greens, reds and orange. Earthy and pastels have always been summer favourites, but bright colours help add some colour to the seas of whites and creams. Floral prints are being over shadowed by tribal and aztecs and jersey a popular choice for summer fabrics as well. Thus, you can read up more on summer colours in colouring and indian summer. Keep the tips in mind, and sparkle in the summer fun.