A few readers have asked me lately how can we remain chic and elegant in the heat and if that is even remotely possible.
Being in late July, many of us are feeling the heat, and isn't it glorious? Sorry, I am one of
those who enjoys being warm, cosy, and yes, hot in summer. For me, that's what summers are for. Admittedly, I have always lived in a temperate climate, with no great changes in temperature, wether in summer or winter. So, I suppose I'm lucky in that, not having experienced much high heat where I live. Our summers here in Jersey (UK) are usually quite cool, about 20-23C (71-73F). However, we've been having hotter days lately, up to 26-29C (78-84F).
I am writing this post in my parents' garden in France (Normandie). The temperature is 28C. I am sitting on a shaded bench, Maya the cat lounging next to me, Milou the dog under the bench. Even in their fur coat, they are comfortable in the shade. I consider myself lucky in my summer dress.
So, the question remains: How can we look chic and elegant when it's hot out there? How can we avoid wet patches of clothing, melting makeup and panda eyes, damp hair clinging to the back of the neck?
This is what I do during hot summers or while on holiday in hot countries.
First, I would like to make it clear that I am of the opinion that, however much we want to look elegant in extreme temperatures, whether hot or freezing, comfort and safety should come first. So, only once you have attended to these, should you adjust your attire accordingly for aesthetics.
Chic and Elegance
What about you? How do you keep looking chic and elegant in the heat?
If you have other suggestions or tips, please let us know in the comments box below, thank you.
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