So like I mentioned in my last post, I’m living in Arizona for the summer. I know, I know, you’re thinking, “Why in the *what* did you decide to move to AZ for the summer? Isn’t the average temperature each day like a billion degrees?” Well, yes. In fact you are correct. And honestly I don’t know what I was thinking. I wanted to be closer to family and I needed a change of scene. I kinda felt like I was in a rut that I needed to get out of. And it truly has turned out to be a great experience.
But its still hotter than sin. Thank goodness I work in an office where they keep the a/c cranked up. But even though I spend most of my time inside, I still have to venture outdoors at some point. So I’m dedicating a post to dressing in the heat. You can thank me later.
Linen is definitely the go-to fabric when trying to deal with the summer heat. Its extremely lightweight and is great at wicking away moisture, a necessity in warm (to blazing hot) climates. Here’s the thing though, not enough people wear it. To be honest, I don’t really know why. The biggest reason I hear for not wearing linen is because it wrinkles like crazy (which it does, btw). Enter fabric blends. Fortunately there are a ton of options out there that are blends of different fabrics that give you the benefits of certain fabrics without some of the downsides. For example, these pants from Banana Republic are a 50/50 cotton-linen blend. Perfect for staying cool while still looking cool. It gives me the lightness of linen, but not the crazy, horrible wrinkle-i-ness. Seriously, the second I put these pants on I could tell the difference from all my other pants I’ve worn this summer. So light and refreshing. And personally I love the look of linen. It has a super cool texture to it. Cotton can get boring sometimes so throwing in some different fabrics is a great way to mix things up.
To complete the outfit I threw on this 100% linen shirt (calm down, the wrinkles give it some character) from J.Crew, my trusty Daniel Wellington watch and my loafers from Aldo. And nothing says summer like sweat lines from a backpack or messenger bag so I opted for a laptop sleeve.
So next time your thinking of what to wear to beat the heat, try and find something with linen in it. Trust me, you won’t regret it.