Beat the heat dome… with style

Beat the heat dome!



Feeling the heat? Blame the heat dome!

According to New York Times writer Andy Newman in his recent article “A ‘Heat Dome’ Is Coming. Domes Are Bad, “So what, exactly, is a heat dome? It is essentially a bubble of high pressure that sits in the mid- to upper atmosphere and pushes warm air down toward the ground. The approaching one is notable for its size.”

So, how can you remain super stylish (without melting!) as temperatures soar? Here are five simple tips:

Wear black. The color black actually keeps you cooler than white. Although this may feel counterintuitive, it’s true. While black absorbs energy coming from the sun, it also absorbs energy from the body, instead of reflecting it back.

Of course, not all black fabrics are created equally. Breathable, loose-fitting cotton or linen choices, like the trapeze dress pictured, are best.

Ponies, headbands, and messy buns. Since the neck is a pulse point, it makes sense to keep it free of hair as temps surpass the 90 degree mark. To beat the heat, keep both long and short hair up. Choose a high pony, messy bun, or even simply keep it pulled away from the face with a cute headband.

Minimal jewelry. Keeping jewelry to a minimum will keep you infinitely cooler. Save the clinging collar necklaces, armfuls of bangles, and multiple knuckle rings for fall. Even dangly earrings can make you feel hot.

Opt instead, for simple stud earrings. But studs don’t have to be boring! Select whimsical earrings with personality. I think these silvery shells go with everything.

Pretty parasols.  Take a cue from Japanese women and carry a parasol.  Since Japan can be dangerously hot in the summer, savvy women carry their own personal sun protection. Today, there are even UV parasols, which are different from typical umbrellas. They actually have specially treated fabric that protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays.

Broad brimmed hat. When a parasol isn’t an option, choose a cool, comfortable straw hat. A woven straw hat will allow air circulation, but will simultaneously keep the sun from roasting your head and hair.

Of course, it’s great to be stylish, but it’s more important to stay safe. For important tips on hydration, exercise, and more during a heat wave, click here.

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE! Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador and Cover Girl Ambassador. Susan Said…WHAT?! was named one of the Top 50 Beauty Blogs in the World by in 2015. Susan is also the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! Read more about her in Family Circle Magazine.

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