When it comes to dressing light for summer, one may think of an ensemble full of perforated mesh tops, maxi dresses, and denim shorts. Indeed one of my favorite outfit for a day out in the sun is mixing a crop top with a high-waisted floral skirt, which I think would be perfect for a Sunday afternoon lounging at North Avenue Beach (guaranteed full-on SPF 30+ lotion. Oh, and a sangria too). Though these scorching weather-proof outfits allow breathing room for your body, I believe the color spectrums on your clothing play a significant part too in warding off excess heat. Think dark garbs as no-no if you’re planning to be outside on a sun-gleaming-on-your-patio kind of day. Dark clothing doesn’t just “attract” the sun’s rays…it ABSORBS them and converts the sunlight to heat. Lighter clothing, however, reflects more. Think light colors like white and khaki as physical sunscreens–they have active ingredients much like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that block off ultraviolet waves and bounce them back to the sky (bye-bye carcinogenic rays).
So what if you’re done with the mono-chromatic colors of white, nude and beige and want to hype up your outfits with more jazzy Spring colors? Well fashionistas, how about pastel shades of baby blue, lavender and pink? What’s great about this color scheme is that you can mix and match these neutral hues without worrying if your outfit scream “Carnival in Rio”. In my photo-shoot today I decided to incorporate all three pastels by choosing a signature flower print that’s cognizant of the floral blossoms at the Botanic Garden. Then I added my favorite neon-yellow pouch to liven up the outfit with the pop-up wordings “Non-Stop Summer. Have Fun”
On a side note, typography art is making a come-back this year, and thanks to designer brand parodies like “Homies” and “Ballin”, they add a splash of fun to any outfit! And from Céline Paris to Féline Meow, this creature of mine sure likes where this trend is going 🙂
Credits: Jason J Photography http://www.jason-j-photography.com/