While everyone looks forward to spring and summer, for some, getting dressed comfortably for warmer temperatures can be nerve-wracking. If you have ever been over your ideal weight by more pounds than you are comfortable with, I’m sure you can relate. For some, leaving the comfort of all over coverage in the cooler months can be a bit of a drag. So what do you wear when short shorts are not on your go-to list? Check out a few of my recommendations below.
Knee length shorts
Just as summery as denim cut-offs, knee length shorts are a great warm weather staple. When in a casual fabric, they are often referred to as Bermuda or walking shorts and are great for running errands, casual summer get-togethers and any other adventure you can dream up. Look for a pair that is fitted – but not tight – with a bit of stretch for a clean look. In shops this season, you will find an influx of dressier options that, when accessorized appropriately, can be perfectly office appropriate in a business casual environment (unless your office prohibits shorts of any kind). Pair them with mid-rise heels or dressy flats. On top, add a pretty blouse and/or lightweight blazer and you’re ready to go.
Button down shirts
Haven’t quite achieved your Michelle O arms yet? Not to worry. A lightweight button down shirt is a great way to embrace the warm weather. Colours like white, mint green, black and army green are classic options that you will wear year after year. Roll up the sleeves for easy breezy summer styling.
A hot trend once again this spring and summer. For days when you’re feeling a little blah, maxis are great for hiding a multitude of sins. A cap sleeved version can cover bra straps and camouflage a larger arm. While part of the maxi’s allure is extreme comfort, dresses that are too voluminous can look tent-like and add size, especially on those 5’4” and shorter. To combat this effect, add a belt or throw on a topper like a denim jacket or lightweight button down shirt.
Here’s to warm weather!
By Kim England
City Short www.farfetch.com
Tory Burch Emmy flat sandal www.bloomingdales.com
MANGO Leather Shopper HYPERLINK www.mango.com
Elsa Peretti Open Heart bracelet www.tiffany.com
LAUREN Ralph Lauren large chain click hoop earrings www.zappos.com
MADEWELL v-neck pocket tee www.madewell.com
J. Crew Linen Bermuda Short www.jcrew.com
Salvatore Ferregamo Varina ballet flat www.shopbop.com
MICHAEL Michael Kors Hamilton tote www.tessabit.com
Seiko Women’s Solar Rectangle dial watch www.johnlewis.com
Blue Nile Princess Cut diamond stud earrings www.bluenile.com
Sonia by Sonia Rykiel plaid printed blouse www.nelly.com