You’d think since I live in Minnesota (land of the six-month winter) I’d be poorly versed in sweat-soaked tank tops and underboob sweat.
But you’d be wrong.
Since Minnesota is so far inland, our summers are nearly as rough as our winters – 90% humidity, 100 degree days, opaque curtains of mosquitoes. This, coupled with a year and a half spent in tropical Taiwan
, has taught me how to navigate three months of sweat and sun. And to supplement my knowledge? I asked the lovely people of Twitter
and my Facebook lady friends.
Here are 13 ways you can look cute when it’s hot!
1. OMG, dresses
Are dresses the answer to every question? Probably
. They make you look fancy and pulled together when they’re really just an elevated onesie. You’ll feel even more comfortable if you buy dresses in natural fabrics (I love this cotton one
) or find a cut that’s simultaneously cute and a little roomie (like this one (for $16!)
2. Wear natural fabrics
Let’s talk about 100% cotton and, yes, linen. Also, let’s take an official stance that wrinkled clothing is chic. Natural fabrics breathe a million times better than rayon or poly blends and they also help us look like those casually beautiful women who drink tea while sitting on weathered Adirondack chairs. It’s also worth noting that we’ll all enjoy summer more if we extend the natural fabric policy to our underwear. Isn’t this linen skirt
3. Reconsider your bra situation
If you’re super well-endowed you should probably stick with your trusty underwire, but if you’re smaller than a D-cup, I’d make the argument that you could probably switch to a sporty-ish bra, cute bikini tops, or tops with built-in support.
During the summer, I almost exclusively wear these
– they’re a million times more comfortable than underwires, you can toss them in the wash, they work with any racer back tank tops, and they’re lined and have separate cups so you don’t get the Dreaded Uniboob. Bikini tops look cute peeking out from your tank tops and are made to be washed a million times.
Also: keep your bras in the freezer! Heavenly.
4. Wear your hair up (of course)
5. Buy some summer-specific accessories
Here’s what I don’t leave the house without: a hat (I wear this one
all the time), a cute water bottle
, and I recently bought a super cheap collapsible sandalwood fan
. I was worried I’d look a bit Blanche Dubois, fanning myself dramatically in the park but tons of people have asked me where I got it. I’m on a one-woman mission to convert Minneapolis hipsters into fan-carriers.
I’ve also seen people carrying those non-environmentally-but-probably-really-amazing aerosol cans of Evian
. I’m putting off trying them because I’m afraid they’ll be life-changing and then I’ll be the sort of person who sprays herself with Evian AND fans herself with a tiny wooden fan in public. Ugh/awesome.
6. Give up accessories and makeup that’s not heat-friendly
Big cuff bracelets and liquid eyeliner are part of my everyday uniform, but in the summer those bracelets sweatily stick to my forearm and my eyeliner flakes off. So I made the executive decision to put them away for the summer. I’m also giving up on scarves, pointy toed ballet flats and skinny jeans. Nope.
7. Use products that melt in an appealing manner
Everything is going to melt off within an hour or two, so you might as well use stuff that’s going to look good as it melts – cream eye shadow
, tinted moisturizer
, tinted chapstick
. A friend from Arizona gives up perfume for the summer and just uses scented lotion or sunscreen. This
30 spf sunscreen apparently smells like ‘citrus mimosa’!
Also: keeping your cosmetics and skin care products in the fridge feels great and (I’m guessing) prolongs their life.
8. For the ambitious: dye your eyebrows and/or eyelashes
Since I’m blonde and capable of getting a tan, every summer my eyebrows bleach out to the same color as my face. Awwwwwesome. While that’s not something everyone would care about I’m vain and I like visible eyebrows so I dye mine with Just For Men beard gel
9. Deal with the chafing
Personally, I’m more likely to opt for the gel because I’m loathe to wear another layer in 90 degree weather but I know many women who swear by those shorts!
10. Eat all the cold things
11. Wash your feet with cool water before you go to bed
This seems extraordinarily strange, but I swear it works. If you’ve been padding around the city all day in sandals, your feet are probably surprisingly gross and putting cool water on your extremities is a great way to bring down your core temperature. I give mine a wash with a scrub brush and some zingy tea tree body wash.
12. Cool your pressure points
Did you know you can cool your whole body down by cooling your wrists, the back of your neck, or the small of your back? Sure, you probably don’t want to pad around the office holding a cold, well towel to the small of your back, but if you’re out and about, you should totally try these awesome/weird ice cube bracelets and necklaces! I bet these would be particularly great for long days hiking or at an amusement park.
Does this actually make you feel cooler? No. Is it fun to do anyway? Yup.