Tips for looking and staying cool
It doesn’t matter how full my closet gets: when it comes time to get dressed my brain goes blank and suddenly everything I thought was cute doesn’t work anymore. And that goes double for summer. Because lets be honest everything is sticking in places it shouldn’t, and go to outfit of corduroys and a chunky sweater just isn’t an option. So when its party time my brain immediately goes into overload trying to find something that “looks cute, won’t cut off circulation to any body parts, won’t make me trip on uneven ground, isn’t too short, but not too hot, and won’t show off the pit stains I’ve worked up on the dance floor.
But over the years, I have learned some helpful tips to not only curb my summer wardrobe freak out, but keep me feeling confidant and cool all wedding season long. And I’m excited to share this break through with all of you.
Check the weather
First things first do a google search of the ceremony location and check the forecast for the day of. If things are outdoors, you want to be mindful of the terrain. Heels sinking in the mud is never a good time, no matter how cute they looked with your dress. Also factor in the humidity, especially if going to a destination wedding. 90 degrees in Orlando is way different than 90 degrees in Northern California!
Formality is sometimes Flexible
The most important thing to remind yourself when picking out an outfit for someone else’s wedding is that no one will be focusing on you (unless you’re wearing a formal white dress, and in that case you’re probably going to be tackled by the bride to be). So unless the couple has specified that the event is formal, then it’s safe to assume anything barring jeans and kakis will work. This includes summer dresses pants, a nice top, suit and tie, or anything else you would consider to be the dressed-up version of your normal self. And in the summer, you want to work this flexibility in your favor.
Cotton is your Friend
One of the first things I do when shopping for party outfits is to check the materials. Natural fibers will always breathe better than synthetic, so if you are worried about overheating, stick with something like cotton for increased airflow. But I never go for all cotton, because stretch is the way to go. So look for items that say cotton blend or have 2-3% elastane. It’s basically the jeggings of dresses, and it’s magical.
Here’s a true story: I once attended my cousin’s full Lutheran ceremony at church without air conditioning in the middle of June. I did not come out of that situation looking cute. Now, I know better. If there is even a chance that I’m going to sweat my butt off, I stick with stretch and patterns.
Don’t Forget a Sweater
I know, I know, I sound like your Nana, but if you’ve ever been sweating in the summer heat and then come sunset been cold and shit out of luck, you understand that Nana knows best. Scrap the small clutch and opt for a tote so you can pack a light sweater or at least drape it over the strap of your cross body. And why not pack a pair of flats for good measure, because when your wine tipsy and drunk on cake, you just want to be comfortable and warm.
It’s Best to Test
I don’t know about you, but I don’t live my life is a party dress and heels, so before you go give it a test run. Put on your new outfit, jump around your house, do some hairography, and test out your funkiest dance moves. Do you have to adjust your top every five minutes or are things rubbing where they shouldn’t? Because if so, you night on the dance floor will be anything but groovy. So make sure to figure out before you go if your outfit moves when you do.
And at the end of the day just remember its not about what you wear, its about your love for the bride and groom. So just be the best, most stylish and all around comfiest version of yourself.