Haute & Cool
While the temperatures rise, it can be tempting to try to transition beach cover-ups to hot weather street fashion. While keeping cool is top priority during a Louisiana summer, you don’t have to sacrifice style for comfort. Even on the hottest days, leave the cut off shorts and flip-flops at the beach and follow these summer fashion tips for staying haute, cool and stylish.
1. Choose a Looser Fit (Maxi Dress Photo)
In this case, less is not more when selecting a perfect summer dress. A loose fit maxi that doesn’t cling to your body will keep you cooler than skimpier outfit options. Opt for a wide skirt with a more fitted top, like the one pictured here, to show your figure. Extra cool points for an open knit and the headscarf for a bohemian vibe.
2. Go Natural
Retire fabrics like polyester and rayon for the summer and opt for cotton, cotton blends or southern favorite seersucker. These fabrics are more breathable and will wick instead of stick under summer’s humidity. Remember to select fabrics with a little more structure to avoid the unwanted and unflattering cling of thinner fabrics.
3. Light is Alright (White Outfit)
Let’s be honest, light colors look better under the blazing sun and show off that natural sun kissed glow you acquired. While it’s hard to deviate from eternally fashionable black, this fashion tip is in the science: Dark colors absorb light and heat you up, while light colors reflect the light and allow you to shine.
4. Show a Little Shoulder
The cold shoulder trend has peeked through in past seasons, but has reached it’s reached its all time high this summer season. It’s flirty, fashion forward, feminine and hides signs of sweat. Couple this fashion with the previous tips of natural fabrics and loose fit for the ultimate summer staple.
5. Keep Accessories Light and Minimal (Romper Look)
Summer is not the season for statement necklaces or bulky jewelry. In addition to the heavy look and feeling, these pieces will often stick to the skin and become uncomfortable as your body temperature rises. Keep jewels to a minimum; stick with dainty and lightweight pieces.
6. Style it Up With A Wide Brim Hat
Can’t resist making a statement? The wide brim hat is your pass to skip the subtlety. Plus, this accessory acts as built in shade and will keep you from getting too much sun on your face throughout the day.
Tracee Dundas is a freelance stylist, blogger, fashion editor for New Orleans Magazine and fashion event producer. She is the Founder and Creative Director of Fashion Week New Orleans and the "go-to-gal" for all things fashionable in the Gulf Coast. Tracee hosts a weekly fashion style segment "Fashion Friday" on WVUE Fox 8 sharing the latest trends, styling tips and DIY ideas. She works with nationally known clients such as Lucky Magazine, Essence Magazine, Payless Shoes and The W Hotel and frequently works as a stylist for films, commercials and music videos. Tracee is a graduate of USL and a native of St. Martinville, LA.
Haute & Cool- A Summer Fashion Guide
Fashion Stylist: Tracee Dundas
Photographer: Tracee Dundas
Models: Jasmaine Smith, Julia McRory, Harli Miller provided by ABOUTFACES MTM
Fashions: Dillard’s Department Store