Everywhere, with the exception of Berlin, Germany, has been incredibly warm on this summer trip. I should have expected it, though, right? Yet some part of me decided to pack lots of jeans and leggings… I’m starting to dread my packing choices!
Do y’all ever get so excited for a trip that you just want to be there already?
That’s how I felt when I was packing for Europe. There was not logic going into my packing, just emotion (Not to mention I had just finished exams 3 days prior). I think that we are often faced with this dilemma, not just in fashion.
When you pack one pair of shorts and one sleeveless top on your trip that lasts 6 weeks, what do you do?
A) You wear your jeans and leggings and miserably sweat all day.
B) You outfit repeat a lot.
C) You constantly eat ice cream to cool off.
D) You buy new clothes.
D) You make the most of it and do a little of a B, C, and D combo.
For me, I have been outfit repeating more than I’d like to admit, I’ve done a little more shopping than my wallet is okay with, and I’ve eaten a little more ice cream than my tummy usually allows for.
When you are stuck with 90º weather and limited clothes, let me tell you what you do.
You make the most of the situation! Who cares if you wore a shirt three days in a row (that totally happened) and who cares if you treat yourself and buy a cute new dress?! Do what you feel! #realfashionrealme
When you are struck with a hot summer day, do what you need to do to get through that day. Whether this be buying a portable fan, getting ice cream two times in one day, or buying a new dress, just do it! You won’t regret it in the moment.
Here are my 10 tips to stay cool on a hot summer day:
Eat some ice cream (this never fails. Unless you’re sensitive to dairy (me) and your stomach will churn afterwards… Kind of not worth it).
Wear sandals! Wearing sandals can make SUCH a difference, let me tell you! When your little toes are free and not confined in a heatbox, known as your sneakers or closed toed shoes, you will automatically cool down!
Try to carry as little as possible. I’m not sure if this is just me, or if it’s out of personal experience, but when it’s hot outside, the last thing I want to be doing is carrying a heavy bag. To me, carrying a heavy bag means more energy is being exerted and therefore I’m sweating more… Just me?
Get your ponytail holders ready! Putting your hair up in a nice ponytail or braid makes the biggest difference! I have been really into using jaw clips like these ones, and they keep my hair up, off of my neck, without leaving any creases in my hair!
Invest in an iPhone fan. Yup, there are such things as iPhone fans… Check these dandy fans out here. These are the best invention EVER. You just plug the little fan into your iPhone where you would charge it, and the fan uses your iPhone’s battery to twirl and work it’s magic! It truly is life changing!
Drink more water! It’s been ingrained in us to drink more water, but do we actually drink the amount of water that we should be? I read that you should be drinking 1/2 of your weight in ounces. Therefore, if you weigh 200 lbs, you will want to drink 100 ounces per day! I like to boost this number up from the half-way point, though, because the hot sun takes a lot out of me!
Wash your hands. Stay with me on this one. In my experience, when I wash my hands in cold water, focusing that cold water on my wrists, I am instantly cooled down. There is some type of nerve or something (some medical term that my roommate, a nursing major, probably knows) that this is correlated with, but for me, cold water + wrists = cool and happy Sally!
Try to forget about the heat. Sometimes, when I am thinking about the heat, I start to heat up more. When I distract myself, I notice myself cooling off!
Wear your sunscreen! Wearing sunscreen definitely won’t make you any cooler, but it will protect you from the sun’s harmful rays! I think that it is so important to wear sunscreen on a daily basis! I have been guilty recently as I forgot to pack my sunscreen, but I just ordered this one and I’m excited to try it (it’s natural and toxin-free!).
Wear light colors. Taking it way back to physics class, black absorbs more heat and sunlight and therefore is not the right color to wear on a sunny day, unless you want to heat up quickly! Try to wear lighter colors like white and other pastel colors to make the most out of your summer wardrobe and to stay cool!