This heat it absolutely ridiculous! There should never be a situation where you get out of the car/PATH/subway fresh, make the short walk to work and come in drenched. Deodorant can only do so much!
My way to keep from looking like a puddle when I walk into work: pairing a sleeveless top with the right skirt. You know certain skirts give your legs a little breather during those hot-as-hell days. And shorts aren’t always appropriate for work.
Of course, finding a skirt that you love and that actually helps with the weather can be tricky. (Some fabrics/styles just seem evil.) To take the guesswork out, here’s what to focus on as well as my favorite summer skirts for under $100! 3.1 Phillip Lim and Alice & Olivia included!
We all know that there are different qualities to different fabrics. That’s why they all have weird symbols on the washing instructions tag. But, if you’re like me, you tend to forget that when you’re running late to work and need to just throw something on.
Focus on materials like cotton and linen. They are easy to pick out from your closet, promote airflow and resist moisture with natural fibers. Blends can also help you here.
In terms of colors, black absorbs heat so stick to some lighter shades, when possible. That power suit won’t be so great if you’re sitting in a pool of sweat during a meeting – seriously.
If you’re uncomfortable and constantly pulling your skirt down or have fabric wrapped so tight around your legs that you’re having trouble walking, skip it. The heat will only make it seem worse. Focusing on a flattering cuts instead, can make all the difference.
Go for a style that fits your style and breathes. I have about 15 cotton, a-line skirts that fall just above the knee, for this reason. It gives me some room to walk so I don’t get a “burn” from my legs rubbing together (aka the reality of mermaid thighs) and it makes it look like I have legs even though I’m only 5’5″.
That Jaw-Dropping Detail
As you can see above, there’s no need to compromise style for budget. Get a skirt with one or more details that catch your eye. It can have bold embroidery, pearls seen into a pattern, a statement print or whatever you like. Just choose something that fits your taste and wardrobe. This way, the skirt becomes the focal point.
That means you can mix and match it with multiple basics or other pieces in your closet. The skirt will stand out with each option you pick. (So, you’ll have multiple instant outfits for the weeks ahead when you don’t know what to wear.)
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Have a great weekend, everyone! Come back next week for more style tips and designer products for less. (Seriously, there’s Anthropologie options for under $100 above!)