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What is the one thing that can ruin any outfit? Sweat! It’s natural and it cools your body down in hot and humid weather, but unless you’re burning calories at the gym, it’s not something you want people to see you do. When the weather heats up and the humidity is palpable, you’ve got to pick your fabrics wisely. Silk is a staple summer fabric because it’s light and airy, but it’s not your only option. For a versatile summer wardrobe, pick fabrics that sizzle on the outside, but keep you cool on the inside.
For a crisp, clean look, pull on your best linen. Linen is a lightweight fabric that breathes, allowing heat to leave your body, rather than staying trapped in and leaving you with embarrassing pit-stains. To match the sophistication of silk, picture a sleeveless button-up top paired with form-fitting capris and a killer pair of heels. From casual sundresses to fabulous mod dresses, linen is a fabric that just screams, “Summer style.”
If you object to silk on moral grounds, PETA. recommends rayon as a similar alternative. With rayon, you get the shiny luster of silk, but from a fabric free of animal contribution. Made from a manufactured, regenerated cellulosic fiber, rayon is absorbent and lightweight without the stiffness often associated with linen. With rayon, you can go boho chic with a long flowing maxi dress or go bold with the color-blocking trend, pairing together two different bright colored pieces.
Like silk, lace is elegant, classy and it can be damn sexy, too! The open holes in the fabric offer ventilation and let you show a little skin. Lace works day or night, and it doesn’t have to be all doily flowers. Geometric shapes, deep reds and neon oranges, and yellows add a modern twist to typical lace. When you’re shopping for your next little black dress, follow the Hollywood trend and try lace. Young TV starlets, Lea Michele, Nina Dobrev, Emmy Rossum and Shailene Woodley have all stepped out in lacy LBDs.
When you want to stay cool but look hot in humid conditions, slip on something sheer. Even when it’s a so-called cheap fabric like polyester, a sheer garment looks high fashion. With sheer fabric, you can work long sleeves and high collars without suffering in the heat. Go glamorous with a flowing chiffon dress or get sultry with a sheer-back top. Sheer is also a smart way to work an all-black-ensemble without melting under the sun.