Looking Cool When the Heat is On

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Some simple ways to make your wardrobe work all summer long

By Guest Blogger Charmaine Ng I UNIVERSITY OF OREGON:Ambitious and talented, honest and human, this tri-lingual social media strategist and curator is also a published author. Harbors a secret desire to one day have a multi-hyphenated title.

July is here, and by now, we’ve all settled in our summer routines. But remember to enjoy your break in style! Leave behind your short shorts and tank tops for a retro, loud celebration. I know the guys don’t really care, but girls, here are some tips for refreshing your wardrobe that will have you looking – and feeling – cool.

Go Retro and Girly for Play

Tailor these trends to fit your style, and you’re golden. If you’re not into following trends, update your essentials with bright accessories and colors that put you in a summer mood.

  • Get yourself a pair of wide-leg pants. Yes, the 70s are back in full force. Skinny jeans may look great, but while the heat is on, this roomier, breathable style throwback will keep you cool. This look is graceful on those blessed with long legs or the ability to walk in high heels. Keep the volume under control by tucking in a contrasting fitted shirt.
  • Go feminine and classic with a maxi skirt. More skin isn’t always sexier, and for summer a pretty maxi skirt – especially when you pair it with a sweet tank or gauzy cotton top – is a wear-anywhere combo. If you’re wearing a maxi dress, accent it with a signature belt to define your figure.

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  • Add a touch of crochet to your cover-up. It’s subtle and totally not granny-like anymore! Rock black and navy blue for some edge, or go for ivory if you’re a little more conservative.

For Workplace Wear, Be Smart but Sassy

Got a job or doing an internship this summer? You might be wondering how you can look professional when the temperature outside is 90 in the shade.

While every company has its own culture and its own style (I’m wearing flip flops right now!), designer Michael Kors suggests showing off with color, not skin. Break up a neutral wardrobe with a colorful cardigan. Play with pops of color when the temperature goes up by wearing an eye-catching accessory. And it’s fine to show off your arms – just no strapless dresses.

Morganne Hatfield, University of Oregon junior, is interning at a consulting firm in Seattle, a city notorious for its temperamental weather. So she needs “a bit of everything – boots, sandals, boyfriend jeans, skinnies, stripes.” Ursula Wagner, Oregon senior, suggests looking at Nordstrom’s patterned skirts and dresses from the junior’s section for great summer work-wear options.

What’s in your summer wardrobe? How are you keeping beautiful and cool in the blazing heat?

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3 Responses to Looking Cool When the Heat is On

  1. Keith says:

    I’m a big fan of tank tops, but that’s usually not acceptable in the work place, so I’ll just wear a polo or a short sleeve button down.

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