The summer heat is no joke. And while we love dining al fresco, sitting poolside, and going on weekend trips, you sometimes can't beat the heat. Thankfully, wearing silk in the summer is a thing, so you don't have to feel super stuffy while stranded on a subway car with broken air conditioning. Yup, this has happened to me, on my way to a job interview. It wasn't cute.
For about 75 percent of the year, I'm frigid. I'm constantly trying to find a way to warm up, meaning I've got a blanket, scarf, sweater, and flannel on my chair at work. In the winter, I've got a black parka that reaches my ankles. I wear shearling-lined boots, and I don't think I take my hat off, ever. So, like any other cold-blooded person, I love the summer heat. As soon as I get the opportunity to bare some skin, I take it immediately. Spring and summer is when I flourish.
But if you've ever lived in New York City in the summer, it's not all cute festival looks. Those three blocks to the subway feel like you're walking through the Sahara. Think you're safe in the subway with an air conditioner? Nope, not when it's filled side to side with people who have been sweating, too. L.A., you may have the traffic, but New York city has the subway B.O. Remind me again why I live here?
Thanks to breathable fabrics, like linen, cotton, and most especially silk, New York City is almost bearable. Almost. But what's the best way to wear silk, since it practically looks like you're about to hit the hay every time you put it on? Easy. Make sure it's feminine, polished, and paired with more structured pieces.
With a lariat necklace, this beauty looks amazing in pencil skirts.
You'll need this little breeze, trust me.
This is how you wear black in the summer.
Missguided Plus Size Silk Contrast Oversized T-Shirt Dress, $10, Missguided
Love how these are styled with furry shoes.
Consider me obsessed with this color.
I love how this is styled.
If you must wear pants, silk are the way to go.
One word: Love.
Love this with a sleeveless turtleneck.
What's chicer than this?
Easy and breezy.
12. The LBD
I'm feeling colder just looking at this.
With platform sandals? Killer.
14. The White Tank
This top will literally go with anything.
Love the color of this one.
So effortlessly chic.
17. Silk Shorts
These just look super comfy.
Are you ready for the sticky temps yet? Luckily, you've got a few days before it gets unbearable. Get your linen and silk on ASAP!
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