Today I’m going to try to tackle a touchy subject: how to look chic and stay cool without showing too much skin. I’ve reached the age where I don’t feel comfortable roaming around the city with too much on view. Maybe I’m a little conservative, but I wish more of my fellow citizens would subscribe to this. As soon as the temperatures rise all sorts of un-toned, un-buffed and generally unsightly flesh comes out from undercover and when things get hot it can get downright freaky. A little balance is all I ask. If you’re showing a lot of leg have your torso and arms more covered up. If you are wearing a low cut teeny tank pair it with a fabulous wide pant or long skirt. I find the hotter it is the cooler you are in lightweight natural fiber fabrics like cotton or linen. They should be loose and billowy to catch the breeze and float around the body. An easy fitting dress is my best defense for the hottest most humid days that are inevitable in the months ahead. So unless you’re at the beach or the pool, be cool and cover up.
The above four photos were taken in Italy. The Italians have an innate sense of how to dress for the weather and are the masters of accessorizing.
Bottom feeder alert: There are still some great summer options out there if you don’t feel covered for the heat. Below are my suggestions.