by Michelle Beck, Owner, Purple Clover Boutique
summer is that time of year when we embrace a more relaxed style and can simply wear whatever feels good at the moment! Compared with colder seasons, not needing to plan ahead for cold temperatures and snow is one of the joys of the summer season.
Living in Arizona, however, does have its challenges between monsoon season bringing potentially heavy rains and the differences in temperature with air-conditioning, which creates the need to always carry an extra layer when inside.
Here are some tips for making the most of this time of year:
1. Always have a lightweight sweater available! While a short-sleeve top or tank top may feel great outside, stepping into a shopping mall or movie theater can create quite a temperature change.
A loose-weave cotton sweater is a great option. The ballet style that ties in front is both stylish and comfortable.
2. Consider investing in linen. It is light and breathable and known for its cooling properties. Modern linen also is less likely to wrinkle. This year has many linen styles in both tops and bottoms with nicely textured weave and comfortable waist bands.
3. Wear lighter colors. If there is one universal truth in the summer, wearing lighter colors is certainly it! If you are able to wear white, now is the time to do it. Darker colors absorb more light and heat, while lighter colors keep you cooler.
4. Slides and sandals are more versatile than ever. Don’t forget about your feet when planning your summer wardrobe. Now is the time to freshen up your look and help to keep you cool.
With fashion becoming more casual, summer is the perfect time for some new styles in footwear.
5. Keep your clothes loose. The looser the better! The less fabric you have actually touching your body, the more comfortable you will feel. Now is the time for a beautiful and flowy maxi dress. (A dress will keep you cooler than shorts and a tight tank top.)
Your local boutiques and department stores are full of all these items and offer many choices for summer — especially in Arizona where summer temperatures can extend into September and October. Stop in now while the selection is best.