I hate summer. There, I said it. I hate getting a tan. I hate not wearing trousers all the time, and don’t get me started on my hate for sweating. I hate praying my natural deodorant carries me through a heatwave. I detest summer fashion.
Most importantly I hate when people forget how to dress during summer. With fewer clothes to wear, you would think there is less room to make mistakes. You are wrong.
Here are 6 Summer fashion mistakes you are making and tips on how to fix them.
1. WEARING FLIP FLOPS
Who in their right mind believes it’s an excellent idea to straddle their big toe in a thong? If the name ‘flip-flop’ doesn’t repel you from wearing them, I don’t know what will.
Practically speaking, how do you run in flip flops? What happens when someone in a high heel steps on your toe? What do you do if the strap breaks? All these questions give me sleepless nights.
Forget the impracticality of them; they are just plain gross. It’s time to go from feet lingerie to Russel Crow in Gladiator. A leather sandal tells the world that you have considered wearing a flip flop but realised you had eyes. There are sophisticated and chic while allowing your feet to enjoy summer’s warmth.
2. NOT WEARING SUNGLASSES
Crows feet are real. I remember going to turkey without sunglasses, and I blame that holiday and my excessive squinting on my premature appearance of fine lines. Along with the UV stuff, not having eye protection is bad for your eye health. Do your partner a favour and wear sunglasses, so they don’t have to buy you under eye cream for your birthday.
Invest in quality sunglasses with UV protection that suits your face shape. If you want to get all fashionable, follow a seasonal trend.
3. LEAVING YOUR HEAD WITHOUT A HAT
Nobody thinks about their scalp during summer. While your eyes are covered with sunglasses and your skin is slathered in suntan lotion, your brain is frying. Your head needs protection from the sun too, and that is where a hat comes in.
Summer hats can range from a baseball cap to a straw hat. Just make sure you match your hat to your look.
4. WEARING JEANS
You have spent all year wearing jeans, and you think summer is another chance to wear them again? Denim is not a summer fabric, unless you want your legs to be drenched in sweat? Give your jeans a break and invest in summer-appropriate trousers. Chinos, tailored trousers, joggers or linen trousers are all options you can choose.
5. WEARING SKINNY DENIM SHORTS
If you thought you could wear denim shorts as a jeans alternative, think again. Nobody’s eyes deserve to be assaulted by your denim obsession. Instead, replace them with tailored shorts.
6. WEARING A THIN STRAP VEST
You are not in the prison yard, and there is no excuse for wearing thin strappy vests, where everyone can see your malnourished ribs. Increase the width of the vest strap and reduce the armholes for an updated vest silhouette.
What are some of the summer fashion mistakes you make?