It's here. The season when you get into your car and while it's 90 degrees outside, it's 119 behind the wheel. You mutter, unless children are present, "It is hotter than heck."
There we have it. The reason some people give for looking horrible during the summer months.
True, it's a season when it's easy to relax efforts to be presentable. It takes work. And who wants to work when it's hot? Not to mention that "presentable" doesn't last long in heat and humidity.
I'll admit here and now that I don't like summer. As a kid I loved summer. Vacation! Wrinkly skin from staying in the pool for hours. Heck, I even liked swimsuits!
Now I hate swimsuits, and my wrinkles have nothing to do with being in water too long.
But I digress. Back to what can be called the fashion senseless season, summer.
Here are a few hints for looking cool even when you're not.
Start at the top. Hair. Long hair is hot, so twisting it up seems to be the answer. That's fine, but take a couple of minutes to make sure it looks good. Look in the mirror when doing the twisting. The "cute, tousled do" doesn't work all the time and isn't for everyone.
Which brings up a grave error on many fronts. And backs.
Just because they make a garment in your size doesn't mean it's your best look.
For example, this summer there are capri-length leggings in a variety of colors. If you are larger than a size 2, make sure you wear these with a tunic that is mid-thigh length. It will make everyone happier. And regardless of size, if you go for anything that is skin-tight, take a good, honest look in the mirror. A full-length mirror. And turn around.
Mean old thing, aren't I?
Shorts and tank tops aren't the best choice for many people. These are the people who say, "I don't care what I look like; it's hot." Please remember that if you're showing more person than personality, it's the rest of us who are seeing you.
Most places are air-conditioned, so the "it's hot" excuse wears a little thin.
And while I'm on this rant: If you are flapping around your place of business in flip-flops, quit it.
If you wear sandals to work, any kind of sandals, remember one word: pedicure.
Don't think for a minute that your unpolished toenails (talking to the ladies here) and dry, cracked heels go unnoticed. You can't hide neglected feet.
A few years ago, I was asked to give a talk. I was past due for a pedicure and had dry heels. I wore a pants suit that day and thought I could get by. But, of course, I was busted standing on a platform with some people seated behind me.
Do you know there is no way to hide the back of your feet in sandals? A pair of tube socks perhaps?
Maybe you love summer, and if you do, power to you. Have a good one. Stay cool, and while you're at it, look cool.
One last thought for the hot: Mega cleavage. Don't leave home with it. Front or back.