Tara's Take: Fashion to Take on the Heat

By: Tara Wheeler
By: Tara Wheeler

With temperatures topping 100 degrees, it's important to dress smart when attending outdoor concerts like Fridays After Five. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

With temperatures topping 100 degrees, it's important to dress smart when attending outdoor concerts like Fridays After Five. I know it may seem like it makes since to slap on your shortest shorts and a tiny top with the thought that 'less clothes keep you cooler', but before your walk out in your Daisy Dukes, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1. Stay away from tight clothes. Skin hugging garments also trap moisture, making you sticky and uncomfortable, not to mention, it's creates a breeding ground for smell and bacteria.

2. The best outfits are flowy and airy. Sometimes pants and long sleeves can be cooler than shorts. Linen pants, and a loose, light top or breezy skirt keep air circulating and gives your body a chance to dry itself off. They also protect your skin from sun exposure.

3. Hats are great to shade your face and shoulders, but make sure they're light, straw hats that are breathable and don't trap your body heat in. Much of your heat escapes through your head and you want to give it a chance to get out. Also, keep in mind the color. Dark colors will absorb heat.

4. Speaking of color, whether it's a hat or your clothing itself, think light. Dark colors absorb the suns rays and will make you hotter while white and other light colors reflect the sun and will help you stay cool. Also keep in mind which colors show sweat. For example, gray is a bad call.


5. There are a couple of things to keep in mind when considering jewelry. Avoid wearing metal jewelry that could heat up and burn you. Also, avoid wearing chunky jewelry if you care about tan lines. For example, sporting a bold necklace with a tube top and sitting in the sun all day will create a tan line that could last all summer long.

6. When it comes to make-up, less is more on a hot day. Avoid heavy foundation and thick powder. You'll sweat and rivers of nastiness will drip down your face making you look like a melting wax figure. Not cute. Try a tinted moisturizer that already contains SPF and maybe a light powder, lip gloss, and some water-proof mascara.

**If you want to doll yourself up a bit, I suggest getting some fake accent eyelashes that go on just the outer tips of your lash line. They make your eyes pop without having to lay on the make up, they're easy to put on, cost less than $5, stay in place, and can be re-used.

You can get these at CVS. I like model 53 because they are versitile. Cut a couple of lashes off of the long end to make it look more natural and use the plastic clamp tool that comes with the starter kit to hold them tight while you apply a thin layer of the lash glue (also in the starter kit) and line it up as close to your lash line as possible.

Regardless of what you decide to wear or where you decide to go, the two most important things to remember are water and sunscreen. Have fun!


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