Summer is a time for fun and a more laid back way of life, but your sense of style should never evaporate in the heat.
Here are 10 common faux pas to avoid if you want to spend your summer in style:
1- Exposed bra straps: Exposed bra straps instantly undermine even the nicest summer outfit. Skin-color straps or, even worse, transparent ones are not invisible, so don't fool yourself. Everyone can see them!
A strapless skin-color bra should work under most tops and dresses, and a black one is preferred under dark colored ones. If you need more support than what a strapless bra can offer, I would simply suggest you opt for tops and dresses with wider shoulder straps than can hide your bra straps. Note: also make sure your bra doesn't show on the underarm sides or across your back, if you have to wear one, it should simply be invisible!
2- Sunglasses indoors: Unless you just had cataract surgery or you got punched the night before, there is no excuse for wearing sunglasses indoors. It is simply in poor taste. It makes you look pretentious, and it is quite rude to conceal your eyes if you are having a conversation with somebody, not to mention having lunch with somebody.
3- Flip flops in the city: It doesn't matter if your office has a very open-minded dress code, flip flops are not meant to be worn at work, or in any urban setting at all. Yes, summer will be hot, just opt for a nice pair of sandals!
4- Sunburn: Being red as a lobster with bikini marks is not a good look. Sure, you want your co-workers to know you went to the Hamptons last weekend, but wouldn't you rather show this with a beautiful glowing tan rather than red, flaking skin? Wear some sunscreen!
5- No-show socks that show: No-show socks are a great invention for wearing your canvas sneakers in summertime without cooking your feet but their purpose is to give the illusion that you are wearing no socks. Many times they end up showing because they are too big in size or not proportionate to the shoes you are wearing.
Also, I would refrain from being tempted by the trend of lace trimmed ones, they only look good on girls in Tokyo.
6- Short Shorts: Short Shorts and hot pants have been a big trend for many summers now, but I wouldn't recommend them to anyone who wants to be taken seriously. Especially if they are cut out jeans with the pockets showing, super short, or pin up style. Don't get me wrong, they are fun, but I would confine them to the beach.
7- Sweat Marks: With summer temperatures and humidity there is not much to do about not sweating, but at least we can try to confine the damage. First of all, avoid white deodorants, deodorant stains are the worst. Choose something clear or spray (with no talcum).
I would also be smart about what color shirt to wear, mid blue and gym grey are the first to show big sweat marks. White or navy are pretty good at concealing it.
Lastly, avoid polyester and other synthetic fabrics at all cost as they tend to smell bad once you sweat in them. Carry a cotton handkerchief in your bag to discreetly blot away the sweat on your forehead or neck on really hot days.
8- Visible underwear: Breezy light colored fabrics are one of the best parts of summer wear but it doesn't mean strangers should be able to see your silhouette or underwear. When buying a new item, make sure to check how the light goes through it, and be ready to simply leave it there if it makes you look naked. In general, light pants require a low profile skin color thong, and dresses might need a cotton slip (avoid polyester and silk ones as they get too sticky). Avoid g-strings and thongs with a thick string, as the thickness and shape of the string will be apparent beneath a form fitting garment.
9- Pedicure: Make sure to get a pedicure before slipping into sandals and to keep your nail polish always perfect. If you are very busy and can't afford multiple visits to the nail salon, try a gel pedicure that will last you quite a while or simply wear clear polish.
10- Melting makeup: Most of us wear very minimal make up in summertime, but if you really have to go for makeup, switch your liquid foundation to a mineral one, and your eyeliner and mascara to a waterproof one, it will refrain from melting. Oil absorbent sheets are also a good thing to keep in your bag to keep shininess away.