Thursday, July 21, 2016

Dressing For The Heat

When hot weather comes, I reach for a hat.

A hat is the most important part of any hot weather look since it isn't possible for me to look my best with dripping hair plastered to my head.

I am wearing a packable hat which is several years old from Betmar.

Tips for wearing hats: I always need to choose a style of hat which has a high crown and a wider brim. Hats that fit close to the head such as ball caps and cloche style hats do not flatter my roundish face. A woman who has a long thin face and neck would look great in a cloche style.

The brim of your hat should not exceed the width of your shoulders.

The hat should rest comfortably on your forehead with no bangs showing, not on the back of your head. I comb my bangs back with my fingers, put on the hat and then brush the lower part of my hair toward the front with my hands.

Ladies do not remove their hats while dining but a gentleman should always remove theirs and place them on an empty chair (never on the table.)

Loose fitting light colored clothing that flows across my body is also most comfortable in hot weather. I rarely wear a sleeveless top, but when the temperature rises to 100 degrees, it is time to reach for my most minimal clothing and sunscreen.

These palazzo-style pants are old by Clara Sunwoo, and I found them at If you buy Clara Sunwoo pants, you would be wise to go down in size. They do run large. I am wearing an extra small here.

The BCBGMAXAZRIA draped blouson top is made from lighter than air layers of almost sheer fabric. It is from Saks Off 5th. I am wearing a size medium.

I love to wear a draped surplice top because it hides the jiggly bits. I find that this style of top looks best worn alone. If I wear a jacket, I layer it over a much more fitted tank. There is something to be said for balancing the visual weight of the pieces you layer.

This look would also be great using a loose-fitting maxi dress or a sundress with flat sandals. I am wearing old black platform sandals by Charles Jordan here. The wicker bag is from J.McLaughlin.

Great looking sunglasses are another essential element of this look since I am not wearing makeup other than a bold red lip. The sunglasses are by Dolce and Gabbana from the Sunglasses Hut at Macy's.

Makeup running down my face or smudged around my eyes is not a good look. On days when I know I am going to be mostly out in the heat, I skip the other makeup and just go for red lips.

This lip color is Carnal by Estee Lauder. I color in my whole lip with a lip liner than add a layer of lip color. Next, I blot and reapply the color, then blot again. The idea is to stain my lips rather than have the color sliding around and creeping into lines and creases.

Hats make a bold statement, so sunglasses are the only other element near my face. Earrings, a necklace, sunglasses, and a fancy hat all worn together looks a bit too eccentric. I also like for my hats to be unadorned and almost masculine in style.

I am wearing a link bracelet by French Kande. A bold solid cuff bracelet, wide belt, fitted pants or even a shoulder bag are just too much contact for me in hot weather.

A positive attitude is the best makeup you will ever wear!

Thank you for joining us on this journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!

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Lynn said...

Great look Susan. With the temps going up, it looks very un-sticky, and cool.
Enjoy your day.

Jen said...

You do look very "cool" in this outfit. I love hats and never go for my walk without one.
Have a great day

Kristien62 said...

You look breezy and cool for the hot weather. I have been looking for a hat this summer, because I am afraid of sun damage to the scalp. My very fair son developed melanoma a few years ago, and now I am very wary of exposing my head for extended periods of time. I love your hat, but may try the cloche you featured. So cute! I do have a long thin face and maybe that style will work.

RK said...

Great look for sultry days. I found your thoughts and tips about hats especially helpful. Stay cool!

belles53 said...

Fabulous look!

thepoutingpensioner said...

Those are great hat tips, Susan, thanks. I always struggle with what to do with hair under a sun hat (or any hat!) so I'll get going trying out your tips tomorrow.
Mary PP.

Unknown said...

Thanks for your tips, and your lip color is always so pretty. Can you tell us your fav lip liners? I like the idea of filling in with that first but find many of them are too soft, more like lipstick and they don't last. Thank you

Susan said...

Jane Iredale Lip Definers are great and they come in several pretty colors.