Styling Summer Clothing Material in our Outfits
This idea for a post came about with two different prompts. One of my book club friends, Cathy, suggested a post about natural fabrics. And then our Ageless Style group will be talking about keeping cool in the next post. So I combined the ideas with this summer clothing material.
Quote of the day: “The road to success is always under construction.” Lily Tomlin
This is our first post without Nancy, my stepmom. She is taking a month long sabbatical while she moves residences to a place where she doesn’t have to take care of the yard work. I will be alternating between showcasing my mother and I alone, and adding in a friend to represent the other decade. But I have my friend, Stacy, helping us out for some hot weather outfits.
I chose the quote for this post because I know I never really thought about the fabric of my clothing much when I was younger. Yet it can make such a difference when the weather is crazy hot. Breathable natural material is so much more comfortable than most of the man made fabrics because it will absorb the perspiration instead of causing discomfort.
Needless to say, the man made materials are not necessarily bad. They are extremely durable and can be wrinkle free. Yet when the temperatures climb, it’s a good thing to check your clothing label and opt for cotton and linen.
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit
Pants: Willow & Clay c/o Trendz (similar here)~~Top: Covered Perfectly c/o (here)~~Shoes: Jessica Simpson (here)~~Necklace: Target (similar here)~~Earrings: Charming Charlies (similar here)~~Purse: Bought at Trendz (similar here)
Why I Wore This Outfit
I was actually shopping for some ruffle hem pants when Trendz Boutique offered these to me to post on Instagram. Needless to say I had to shorten them by about 5 inches, but they certainly make a statement. They are absolutely perfect for the hot weather since they are a linen blend. I know many women rue the fact that linen wrinkles so easy, but I’m trying to embrace the wrinkles. Both on my face and in my clothes.
The top I chose because the open shoulder trend is still happening. It’s a nice way to bare your shoulders but not expose your entire arm. We’ve worn this style on the blog 2 years ago, and I think they can be very appropriate for women our age.
How You Could Change This Outfit
Another top option that would also be cool for the heat, would be a linen shirt instead of cotton. This chambray shirt with tassels would look very modern for this summer.
What Makes this Work
I think one advantage of these ruffle hem pants is the volume at the hem can actually counteract bigger hips if that is your body shape. I remember when the boot cut jeans were the ones of choice for exactly this reason. And now the crop flare pants are basically the same silhouette. I know we are used to skinny jeans right now, but it’s nice to experiment with different styles.
This purse was a treasure I found at Trendz Boutique back over 6 years ago when I first started visiting this local boutique. It’s been super fun to showcase this store’s items from time to time. Lately I’ve been showing a couple of their gems on Instagram since they now have online shopping.
Charlotte’s (80+) Outfit
Pants: Talbots-thrifted (similar here)~~Vest from a Scarf: Soft Surroundings c/o (similar here)~~Top: Forever 21 c/o thredUp (similar here)~~Shoes: Jambu c/o (here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Purse: (similar here)
Why Charlotte Wore This Outfit
My mom started putting together this outfit with the kimono vest which is actually a scarf. You can read more about it in the Interesting Tidbit section. Since she loves to match her items, she style it with some turquoise and peach pieces from her closet.
These turquoise pants my mom has worn on the blog as part of our ankle pants series. If you’re anything like my mom, then you might not be overly happy about the ankle pants trend. I know many women feel like they are wearing “floods” when they try them on. But if you have a great pair of ankle strap shoes, then you can actually see the shoes with the shorter pants.
How You Could Change This Outfit
If your main objective is to stay cool in the heat, then you might even be better off in a linen/cotton skirt or dress. It’s like having a natural air conditioner around your legs. And it’s not like a skirt or dress has to be fancy. There are wonderful chambray skirts and striped dresses that are easy to wear and still look nice.
What Makes this Work
This is such a great way to make your scarves so relevant in the summer months when it’s too hot to wear them around your neck. Except on the airplane. That’s when I wrap this same scarf around my neck no matter what season because I always freeze on the plane. It’s one of those smart travel pieces because it also works as a swimsuit cover up. So if you’re traveling, this kind of large scarf can be your go to piece.
This “vest” that my mom is wearing is actually a large scarf that we received from Soft Surroundings. My mom hadn’t worn it until she saw the video explaining how to Turn a Scarf into a Kimono Vest. She loves that the tassels line up along the front panels and then also group together on the back where it’s tied. When she wore this to church the week before this, she even received 2 compliments on it. That’s always so uplifting.
Tips & Tricks
So I tried to pick my mom’s brain about summer clothing material on our way to the photo shoot. I’m pretty sure she told me everything she knows, but heck, I don’t remember it all.
Basically the natural fibers are the best option if you don’t want to overheat in the hotter months. If you are like me and have no idea what the natural fibers are, then concentrate on cottons, linens and silks.
If you dislike the idea of wrinkles, then finding pieces that are a blend of linen and another material could be the perfect compromise.
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