Keeping some semblance of style going on is difficult at the best of times but when you’re smack, bang in the middle of summer, it’s probably the time of year that presents the biggest challenges.
For starters, you’d probably prefer not to be wearing much at all (not an option should you wish to leave your aircon-ed apartment and not get arrested!) and, for seconders, sweat is not a particularly attractive accessory.
What I’ve noticed on the streets of New York – particularly in West Village where we are staying – is that there is a bit of a summer-in-the-city style uniform. And it works.
Girls are either wearing little denim shorts and a top with flat strappy sandals or they’ve popped on a cute cotton frock and worked it back with those same strappy flats or some platforms.
Given that my legs are well past the denim cut-off short stage (this is a leg thing, not an age thing), I’ve embraced the little cotton frock idea.
SanCerre* sent me to New York with a tunic and slip dress from its spring-summer 2102-13 collection and it proved just the ticket for our first full day of sightseeing and shopping in the Big Apple.
I love that even though I kept my cool all day, I was still able to layer my outfit with the two pieces – this is a bit of a key to looking more put together. The more often you can layer your outfit, the more it goes up a notch.
Layering is easy in winter; not so easy in summer.
Wearing a modal or rayon lycra (as is the case with this one) slip dress under another dress is a great way to help keep the sweat gods at bay too.
Here is the model wearing Sancerre:
And here is me:
How do you keep your cool and your style as the weather heats up?
*These garments were sent to me for editorial consideration, in accordance with my disclosure policy.