As it’s time to hang up your winter knits, leathers and furs, I wonder; does the weather dictate what you wear? Am I the only fashion craved maniac still gallivanting around in all black? To nourish my curiosity, I interviewed over a dozen people around downtown Austin and UT campus.
From the hippies to the stay at home mom, majority of which stated, “the weather does indeed dictate what I’ll wear.” However, there were an exceptional amount of people, like myself whom felt differently.
In fact, for them the weather is the very last variable to be considered when conjuring up daily ensembles. More than half of the people I spoke to asked, “What are great summer fabrics and key essentials to have?”
Ironically most people all held the same mentality: the fewer clothes the better, fabric should not be taken into consideration. Quite frankly, this is a huge misconception. Transitioning from fall/winter to spring/summer is all a matter of adding thinner fabrics to your clothing repository.
Trade in your wools, sweaters and tweeds to adopt linen’s, cotton blends and chiffons. Lighter fabrics with softer hues such as neutral colored sheers are paramount when facing the blazing heat.
Don’t hesitate to play with prints or color block pastel hues with neon colors. Mixing cottons with chiffons of darker or lighter hues are perfect for this season and those still obsessing over layering.
Ladies, shorten those hemlines. It not only adds a sexy flare that’s fun and flirty, but lengthens your legs. Don’t be so quick to discard denim just yet. Denim shorts are timeless and classic essentials to have that can also transition into fall.
Gentlemen, take a risk. Ditch your favorite denim jeans and invest in sorbet chinos. Don’t be afraid to add in printed tops with feminine structure.
Playing with feminine structure is a great way to own your masculinity and excel beyond your comfort zone. Add statement jewelry such as a watch’s, bracelets, rings and or necklace’s to give any look a touch of edge. No matter the gender or age the best way to exemplify style while the heat rises is to soften up your fabrics and inject lighter hues.
By Shawn B.