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Easy summer style

Many women wonder how to stay cool and stylish during hot summer months. There are some great options that don’t involve oversized Ts and cargo shorts. Try these looks for afternoons at the Farmer’s Market, a family backyard bbq or strolling City streets window shopping.

striped dressThis cute sundress is perfect for sunny afternoons on the patio (yours or a local pub). The bright colours are perfect for summer and it’s fashionably easy to wear. It’s also suitable for office if paired with a blazer (which will also help keep cold A/C off your neck and shoulders).

Many women like to wear shorts, especially outside of work. The French believe that no one over Chicos linen shortsthe age of 12 should be caught dead in shorts, especially women. If you do like to wear shorts, be sure to choose those with natural fabrics, such as these great linen shorts. Please do not wear cargo shorts or athletic wear! Neither is flattering nor suitable for daytime events. To be chic and stylish, never wear shorts with athletic shoes, sun visors or fanny packs. Instead, pair shorts with a light tank top or blouse. Don’t forget to accessorize with a chunky necklace and sleek sunnies.

The other look I like for summer is a cool maxi dress. Many people Chicos paisley maxi dressmight think that maxi dresses are too warm, but they are surprisingly light and flow-y. Again, choose natural fabrics that breathe and move with you.

There are many great looks – find your own style and have a chic summer!

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Hot, hot, hot

People might be surprised to know that we get some pretty hot weather here in Edmonton. Today it was 30C (86F) and the heat will last all week.

What does the fashionable woman wear to stay cool?

Obviously, dresses are the coolest option. Look for loose-fitting styles in natural fibres, such as cotton or linen. Natural fibres breathe. Looser fits allow the fabric to float away from the body especially when you move. Look for an empire waist, shift dress or A-line. Pair your dress with smart sandals or slingback shoes. Dressy ballet flats can also make you more comfortable through the day. In most office environments you can toss aside the hosiery.

Cotton capris, paired with a peasant blouse and strappy sandals can also be an office-appropriate look that’s cool and comfortable. Dress up a more casual look with a statement necklace and stylish handbag. Accessories and finishing touches, such as a sunny nailpolish, can really dress up an outfit.

You don’t have to sacrifice style even in hot weather.