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Five Summer Fashion Tips for Staying Cool & Cute

With the summer sun high in the sky fashion is understandably taking on a shorter look. There are few things as uncomfortable as sweat pooling down a buttcrack, and even less attractive. Probably one of the most undesirable things about summer is that even if it were legal to walk around naked it would still be hot. At least during the winter months it is possible to layer on the clothes to become warmer. Either way, summer is staying here for another couple of months so here are five tips on how to stay fashionable and cooler.

 

  1. Invest in a Gypsy Skirt

One of the down sides of fashion for women is that shorts seem to be getting shorter. While in theory that seems like a fantastic way to beat the heat it actually leads to embarrassing camel toes, wedgies, and panties showing. Instead of being uncomfortable look into picking up a mid-length gypsy or bohemian skirt. The free-flowing material is certain to keep your legs cooler, and it is considered to be very fashionable to pair one of these skirts with a top that will show off your midriff. If your belly isn’t something you’re comfortable showing a spaghetti strap top in a light solid color is sure to be a winner.

 

  1. Maxi Summer Dresses

Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash

Much like the skirt cousin mentioned above a maxi dress brings in the breeze without sacrificing comfort. The major benefit is that instead of there being two pieces of clothing there is just one. Many maxi dresses can be found to have creative prints to them, or go for a solid color that can be dressed up with jewelry

  1. Hair Clips instead of Ponytails

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For those of us who have long hair it is lovely to have it down, but not really optional in the summer. While ponytails are great, they are not nearly as cool as flipping your hair up in a big no slip grip clip. It’s easy, cute, and can be done when hair is wet or dry.

 

  1. Why hello shoulders! Off-the-shoulder top

Despite what some people might say shoulders are not distracting. I never understood why when I was in high school why my shoulders always needed to be covered because they would be a distraction. Either way, I’m an adult now, and I say this summer I’m going to be showing them off. With so many shirts with such fun designs there is no reason to not invest in at least one off-the-shoulder top. Trust me, your shoulders will thank you for it.

 

  1. Goodbye Blue Jeans – Hello Skirt Riding Pants!
Grey Split Skirt Pants 

Sometimes wearing pants is not optional. Maybe you are going to a farm or going to babysit small children. Instead of going for a tight pair of jeans try the breezy option of skirt riding pants that have the feel, and even a bit of the look, of a long bohemian skirt. They can be paired with a top in the same way a gypsy skirt can.

You Might be a Boho-Chic . . .

Finding a fashion style can sometimes be daunting because honestly no one really wants to be put into a box. At one point I was a Goth Chick, and I wanted to be Gothic because I was so different no one could put me into a box. No one could understand me. Obviously, these were Emo-Angsty Teenage years that I have mostly outgrown.

I digress . . . Deciding a fashion style is not a bad thing because now you can define yourself. Clothes do say a lot about who you are as a person because it is a presentation of us. That said, I’m here to tell you reasons why you might be a boho-chic . . .

1. You might be a boho-chic if you have never actually defined your fashion sense because of your carefree attitude towards your style.

2. You might be a boho-chic if styling your hair takes ten minutes of your time.

3. You might be a boho-chic if the amount of bohemian, maxi or gypsy skirts in your closet is equal if not greater than the amount of jeans.

4. You might be a boho-chic if Mary Kate Olsen is your favorite of the twins.

5. You might be a boho-chic if flower print is your favorite kind of print.

6. You might be a boho-chic if your purse is actually a patchwork shoulder bag.

7. You might be a boho-chic if your dress up shoes is sandals not high heels.

8. You might be a boho-chic if there is a tunic shirt or five in your closet.

9. You might be a boho-chic if a scarf, a shawl, or both are in your closet in different colors to go with different days.

10. You might be a boho-chic if sequin-skirts are dress up time.

11. You might be a boho-chic if Johnny Depp is your celeb male crush because he has the best style.

12. You might be a boho-chic if your jewelry is shell, bone, or beaded.

13. You might be a boho-chic if your friends have ever accused you of dressing like a hippie.

14. You might be a boho-chic if yoga is a daily part of your routine.

15. You might be a boho-chic if your flip-flops are described as being gypsy.

16. You might be a boho-chic if your dresses are patchwork.

17. You might be a boho-chic if the stores you like to shop at do not carry the staple “little black dress.”

18. You might be a boho-chic if your clothes are perfect to twirl in.

19. You might be a boho-chic if your skirts come in silk, cotton, wrap-around, and almost every fabric imaginable.

20. You might be a boho-chic if friends have ever compared you to Sienna Miller or Kate Moss.

21. You might be a boho-chic if your skirts come in one size because they are adjustable.

22. You might be a boho-chic if the wind always makes you feel free pretty because it gives a little tug at your clothes.

24. You might be a boho-chic if you’ve ever worn something with coins sewn onto it.

25. You might be a boho-chic if someone has ever commented on the way you dressed as exotic, but honestly, you were just going for comfort.

If more than half of these apply to you then it might be safe to put yourself into that fashion box. If they don’t, it might be time to go shopping!

A Comfortable and Complimenting Option for Plus Size


In a world full of skinny jeans and shortening shorts it is becoming increasingly uncomfortable to shop for plus-sizes. For as much body positivity as celebrities, the media, and feminists are shouting it is not being reflected in clothing stores. It can be disheartening to go shopping, and is not seen as an enjoyable experience because nothing fits. If it does fit it is usually insanely expensive. Fashion options can be very limiting—at least for mainstream style.

 

If looking outside of what Macy’s is selling there are some styles that are friendly to women of all styles. A bohemian or gypsy style skirt is usually misrepresented that it is just something hippies that are as thin as willow trees wear. Bohemian skirts are often made in plus size, and they work out well for larger curves because it is not designed to hug. It is made to flair out so that it can look like something that is freeing instead of confining.

 

Bohemian skirts also come in a variety of different colors and styles—not just a white skirt with a few ruffles and lace. They are often described as being simple and elegant. While yes, sparkles and hooter shorts might seem “cool” in the movies it is not exactly considered classy. Even women who have the body type for that outfit only feel comfortable if they are getting drunk in it.

The skirts are also often adjustable. It’s nice to have options in styles like that—even if you are willow thin. Some days are just days where your body feels like it needs to be bloated. It is also nice to know that if you do lose any weight that an entirely new wardrobe does not need to be bought.

 

Often times when looking at bohemian skirts there are pants sold there as well that are snug and breathable. These pants are made from Algodon (which is Spanish for cotton) that are crochet-laced making them different, but not in an uncomfortable way.

Clothes that are designed for comfort as the starting point, and then go for looks following it are really a win-win for all women. Of course, if you are tired of clothes never seeming to fit check out a bohemian store. It is not a shop just for hippies—you might find something that you like.