Hot Weather Fashion Tips: Beat the Heat!

Hot Weather Fashion TipsFeeling the heat, lately? Al Roker says blame the heat dome. Exactly what 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. Here on the East Coast, the temps have been soaring, all week. Today it was over 90 degrees. And, there’s no end in sight! So, how can you remain super stylish without melting as the thermometer continues to rise? Here are five simple Hot Weather Fashion Tips:

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

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

Ponies, headbands, braids and 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, a top bun, or even simply keep it pulled away from the face with a cute headband or hair accessories.

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, like rough cut gems above.

Broad brimmed hat. A cool, comfortable straw hat is a simple way to beat the heat. A woven straw hat will allow air circulation, but will simultaneously keep the sun from roasting your head and hair.

Lighten up on the makeup. Save the dark lip colors and saturated eye colors for fall. A soft palette of pastels may not make the heat any less tiresome, but you’ll look cooler.

Hot Weather Fashion Tips: Beat the Heat!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. Stay cool, everyone!

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