The easiest part about summer, in my opinion, is being able to simply pull on a dress to deal with a hot day. Although autumn’s layers may make for more interesting and versatile outfits, it takes a lot less time to get dressed in the morning when you can just put on a dress and go. The simplicity of this Fashionista’s summer ensemble, plus her unique hairstyle, caught my eye on a super sunny afternoon.
A flouncy spaghetti strap dress like the one on this Fashionista is the best style for crazy hot weather because it allows for maximum air flow, unlike body con dresses, and doesn’t chafe like strapless dresses tend to. Choose a dress with a fun pattern like the floral motif on Club Monaco’s Martina Silk Print Dress. A cutout dress increases that precious air flow and lets you show off even more skin. NASTY GAL’s Bugged Cutout Dress is the perfect combination of sweet and sultry with polka-dots all over and cutouts in the back. It’s easy to accessorize these day dresses with simple sandals that don’t leave as many awkward tan lines as strappier styles. This Fashionista added waist definition with a chunky, braided belt, but this look would probably be uncomfortable for humid weather. For super humid days, I suggest a loose fitting number like NASTY GAL’s Topanga Dress. Obviously, you can’t beat the heat without a great pair of sunglasses. I love the vintage rounded style of this pair by Karen Walker.
As for hair, this Fashionista pulled off an updo more interesting than the basic ponytail. Although this tutorial is technically for bridal hair, you can easily make it an every day style by adding some simple flowers. Real flowers, like the ones this Fashionista used, obviously wilt easily on a hot day but are still prettier than fakes.
Before you turn up the air conditioning this summer, try out these tips for a cool outfit to beat the heat.
No, not the basketball team. It is hard to keep cool when you are not poolside and the weather is 90 degrees combined with 90 per cent humidity. On such a day, this Fashionista mastered how to be half dressed without being half dressed. The open back dress is the love child of a summer dress and a bikini. It is the perfect outfit choice for a day that you are longing to be at the beach but a prior commitment such as summer classes or your internship prevent you from doing so. This Fashionista’s exact dress by Steven Alan is sold out but Shopbop, ASOS and Nasty Gal have some great options. My favorites are this tie back dress and this red dress. I absolutely love the tribal print and I have a thing for red dresses. Since the open back dress is a casual day look, a nice pair of flat sandals like this Fashionista’s will complement the look. On the other hand, if you literally want to step it up a notch, wedges or espadrilles will also work very well.
Conversely, if you have an evening function such as a date or drinks with friends, an open back dress is a way to go. How about this Aqua dress ? It is very structured and is reminiscent of the creations of a former Spice Girl.
Hint: For the dressy open back dress, the classier ones are often less strappy. Additionally, if you do not have a short hairstyle like today’s Fashionista you may want to put your hair in a high ponytail or ballerina bun. This is because you do not want to have all that drama at the back of your dress and have it covered by your long locks. Lastly, do not forget to apply your sunscreen!
As fall approaches and the temperature starts to drop, it still feels like summer at University of Arizona. Most students here would agree that we miss out on some of our fall fashion favorites. Thankfully the Fashionistas of Arizona have overcome this obstacle, and have figured out how to incorporate all of our fall favorites, even when the temperature reads ninety. Waiting for the Cat Tran this Fashionista, Naomi, is dressed in American Apparel off-the-shoulder white t-shirt, tucked into a high-waist tulip skirt. She accessorized with a Donni Charm scarf, and a perfect mixture of gold bangles. It