I still remember curling up to cutesy bonfires on my terrace top. So much for winters, isn’t it? House parties were all about warm jammies, hoodies, wine and hot chocolate. And, before you know I’m already shopping for the next roof-top BBQ party. That’s how long winter lasted and how soon summer arrived. Urghh! That time of the year I’ve been dreading. Yes, the tan, the summery yellow dress, and fancy flip-flops sound refreshing. But summers need a lot of preparation. Considering how hot it already is, I’m not sure if any amount of readiness will suffice. But, it definitely will need some. I don’t want to get any more roasted than I already am.
Let’s make a checklist of your everyday essentials, list out must-haves and go over some dress ideas. Let’s sort your summer wardrobe right now!
Summer Wardrobe Essentials 2018 – Must Haves
Set your shades budget aside before summer. You know that these are a must-have, so no excuses there. You need a pair or two of Polaroid shades that protect you from UV rays as well. Especially, for someone who drives to work. Treat yourself to a couple of fancies or have cheaper ones as a backup if you want.
Comfortable and casual shoes should be your mantra. We all love boots and styling them with short dresses is fun, but they need to be put away unless you’re at a party with full blown air conditioner. If you’re wearing closed footwear, ensure you dry them before next use. You don’t want to choke people with the stink from all the sweat and grime. It’s a big turn-off!
Summer bags are a must, and they are called so for a reason. You will need to stock up your bag a lot more than you otherwise would. Sunscreen, body mist, perfumes, etc. Plus the floral ones are so fun and refreshing.
4. Hat Or Umbrella
Fedoras or not—Hats are a must. If you think they are too fancy, carry an umbrella. You carry and apply sunscreen, but considering the hot temperatures, it just doesn’t help. Hats for a beach vacation I’d say. Photographs look much fancier. Go with a baseball cap for weekend breakfast or brunch; it makes up for a bad hair day. Whatever your choices are; be prepared.
Ok, I know this doesn’t fall under your must-have list. But you need to try a few summer hairstyles and be thorough. I thought it was worth mentioning, so here goes. If you live in a coastal city, you already know that summer hairstyles are twice as hard. Nothing sticks because of the heat and sweat; also, because it makes your hair wavy, messy and unmanageable. The messy bun is the first thing that comes to my mind, but that won’t last you the entire season. Look up a few DIY tutorial videos and try hair updos that are elegant, fashionable, intact and comfortable without being all over the place.
Everyday Essentials (Well, Almost)
1. Tank Tops
Tank tops go with anything and everything. You can wear them both indoor and outdoors. And, you can never have too many of them.
2. Yoga Pants
When I say yoga pants, I mean comfortable cotton ones. Not the winter sweats. I spend most of my summer shopping and other activities in these. They are just smooth on the skin and protect you from the tan. Wearing clothes in itself seems like a herculean task in summer—let’s ease it out a little, please!
For most of you, it goes without saying. It is an everyday essential. For some of you who shy away from wearing shorts, do yourself a favor and try them. You will thank me later. What anyone thinks is not your problem!
4. Plain T-shirts
We are always cranky in summers and getting out is a big deal. And dressing up is a pain as you are clueless about clothing that is both comfy, yet colorful and stylish. For those of you who don’t want to make an effort to look for anything cute, this is all you will need. Wear them with culottes, shorts, trousers or just about anything. Get a pack of black and white each. They will come a long way.
It’s a given that you will need sunscreen, for obvious reasons. Do not feel lazy and ignore; it’s a slippery slope. Sunburns are complicated and are difficult to deal with. Stop the procrastination and order one, NOW!
6. Lingerie And Intimates
You can use a pair only for one use during summers. I’m sorry, but this is how it works. The washes need to be more frequent than in winters. It is important to get your bare essentials right, so plan ahead and stock them up!