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10 Smart Ways to Summer-up Your Wardrobe

May 22, 2019

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Americans take over 650 million long-distance trips during the summer. Whether you’re going to the beach, a national park, or a big city, you’ll want to make sure you look your best.

But dressing during the summer heat has its own unique set of challenges. You need to find clothes that are not only fashionable, but comfortable as well.

Luckily, there are plenty of tips that can help you find the right clothes, from jean shorts to dresses for curvy women.

Do you want to know more? Keep reading to discover our top 10 summer wardrobe tips.

1. Choose Cotton

Nothing is worse than wearing heavy fabrics during the summer. Not only do they make you feel hotter by not promoting air flow, but certain fabrics also cling to your skin revealing every little bump and curve.

That’s why cotton is the best summer fabric. It’s very breathable so you stay cool, and it won’t cling to your skin. Plus, cotton doesn’t cause chafing!

Linen, silk, eyelet, and poplin are also good options for the summer months.

2. Opt for Flowy Garments

Another way to prevent your clothes from clinging to your skin is to opt for flowy garments. These also help promote airflow, so you stay comfortable all day long.

Of course, you don’t want to go too far here. Pairing a flowy top with a flowy skirt can make you appear wider than you are. To achieve a good balance, pair a flowy top with a tight skirt or pair of shorts or wear a tight shirt with a flowy skirt.

3. Go with V-Necks

V-necks are great to wear all year long. By exposing a bit of your collarbone, they help to lengthen your neck and frame your face. And you don’t have to pick a super plunging v-neck to achieve this, either.

In the summer, v-necks are also great because the fabric doesn’t gather at the neckline. Your chest will also get to breathe, which limits sweating in that area.

4. Wear Light Colors

There's a reason why people tend to wear white and other light colors during the summer. Black absorbs heat, making you feel hotter during the day.

Light-colored clothes don't have this effect, so you'll stay nice and cool. Most summer colors also tend to be light, so you'll stay fashionable by dressing for the season's color palette. 

5. Choose Patterned Clothes

The one downside to light-colored clothing is that sweat stains are very obvious. The best way to hide sweat stains without wearing dark colors is to opt for patterns.

Plus, what better way to have fun with your outfits than by rocking a cute pattern?

6. Look for All-Purpose Dresses For Curvy Women

When you have limited room in your suitcase for a vacation or you need to switch from day to night easily, you’ll be thankful you have a few all-purpose dresses. Look for designs and cuts that can be worn in a variety of settings, from shopping by the beach to going out for dinner. You can then use shoes and accessories to complete your look.

The key is to find a plus sized clothing wholesaler who offers high-quality dresses. It’ll be hard to make a cheaply-made dress appear nice enough to wear out to a fancier restaurant or bar, so look for dresses that aren’t sheer or too thin. Generally, wrap dresses and dresses with v-necklines are great options.

7. Get Boyfriend Shorts

Shorts should be a staple of your summer wardrobe. But while short shorts are in style, they can be very uncomfortable. Not only are they often too tight to allow for proper airflow, but they often ride up, especially on curvy women.

That’s why the boyfriend shorts will be your new best friend. They have a wide-leg style and go to about your mid-thigh. This makes them roomy enough to help you stay cool and comfortable while remaining stylish.

8. Choose the Right Accessories

Did you know that the wrong accessories can also make you feel hot? Heavy necklaces can trap your shirt against your skin to limit airflow. Metal necklaces and bracelets can also heat up in the sun and make you feel warmer.

Instead, opt for hats and sunglasses when choosing accessories. Not only will these provide shade to keep you comfortable, but there are many different styles to choose from. You can also choose a nice hair accessory to add interest to your outfit and give you an excuse to pin your hair back.

9. Go with Small Bags

Do you always carry around a huge bag? Well, heavy bags can trap your clothing against your body and can even cause a rash by rubbing against your skin.

For this reason, you’ll want to stick with a small bag or wristlet. You’ll physically feel lighter without lugging a heavy bag around and you’ll stay cooler.

10. Get a Versatile Bra

The best parts of summer fashion are all those shirts with unique backs. But this also means you’ll have to find the right bra to wear so your straps aren’t showing.

Bralettes are great for some, but you’ll have to stick with a traditional bra if you require more support. Luckily, you can find bras that can be worn in several different ways by simply moving the straps. If you can’t find a versatile bra, consider getting at least one racerback bra or a bra clip that will pull your straps inwards.

Top Summer Wardrobe Tips

Don’t spend the entire summer feeling hot and sticky. Instead, follow the tips above to feel stylish and comfortable. From wearing cotton to finding the right dresses for curvy women, there are plenty of ways you can beat the heat using your outfits.

Are you looking to make the most of your summer? Then check out our holiday and travel section today!