Secret Heat: Look Cool as a Cucumber in the Sweltering Sun

Summer is full of gorgeous flowers, water splashes – oh, and the sun. Who could forget the extreme heat? Where I live, it is hot. Blazin’ rays requiring major SPFs. In weather like this, it’s impossible sometimes to stay cool. Sweat becomes a fact of life, deodorant a twice-daily necessity. But while we can’t always feel cool and comfortable, we can look it. By choosing the right items for your closet, you can keep your sweaty reality under wraps – and you might even fool yourself into feeling cooler.

How, you ask? Think light-and-airy. For me, the heat provides an excuse to add options to my closet that aren’t so heavy. Get away from those synthetics – soft cotton gives you a chance to breathe, to feel unencumbered and relaxed. Read on for some feather-light options to keep you looking cool this season.

Brooklyn Striped Tee

What’s the best part of summer besides the ice-cold milkshakes (that don’t make you feel guilty because of the humidity trails on your hair)? T-shirts! I love a good soft T-shirt with a dressy flair – one that looks put together enough for a day at work or even a night out dining al fresco. My favorite right now is the Brooklyn t-shirt (available in mocha and navy) from Seven Oaks in Edmond, Oklahoma. Dress it up with a patterned skirt or pair with classic jean shorts for a weekend picnic.

LOVE Embroidered Tee

Summer lovin’ had me a blast / Summer lovin’ happened so fast! (Now you will be singing Grease all day. You’re welcome.) After the fourth of July, summer starts speeding up. Why, I ask?! Around this time of year, I do my best to slow down and enjoy a slower life pace. This cute embroidered LOVE tee from Seven Oaks reminds me to chill out and smile. It is perfect for any occasion. I would wear this with lightweight patterned pants, a dark denim skirt, or a classic black jean (on the off-chance you get a cool night!).

The Miley Tank

Stripes are a staple all year ’round. This Miley striped tank from Z Boutique in Oklahoma City is soft, billowy and perfect for work or play. Pair with a long maxi or jean shorts and a blazer (for the air conditioning) on date night. And when fall approaches, why not keep it in heavy rotation? It will work great under a light sweater.

The Breezy Tee

My “go to” right now is Z Boutique’s Breezy Tee. The name “breezy” says it all – I feel cooler just looking at this cute, breathable top. I have worn this for workouts, brunch dates and my recent family vacation. It’s perfect with yoga pants, shorts or your favorite pair of jeans.

Take a cue from Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta and don’t neglect those fun summer nights! Summer is a time to enjoy the outdoors, and that requires beating the heat. Just because you’re a little toasty doesn’t mean you have to look it – just slip on one of these perfect T-shirts and feel your summer spirits start to rise.