5 Memorial Day Fashion Rules
Memorial Day is approaching, and that means cookouts, trips to the beach, and lazy evenings on the patio. It also means a drastic change in wardrobe. We've been donning dark colors and heavy fabrics for the last six months, so peeling off the layers to trade for lighter attire is refreshing. Of course, there are unwritten guidelines to what you can and can't wear. Here are 5 Memorial Day fashion rules.
Just like we change out our winter comforters in the bedroom for something a little more weather appropriate for summer, we need to do that with the fabrics we choose for our summer clothes. But selecting fabrics to wear in the summer is tricky. Leather and suede are out because it's too hot to wear to wear something that blocks the breeze, but knit and woven fabrics are a little different. Silk isn't a great summer fabric. While it is comfortable to wear, it is extremely absorbent. That is unsightly if you're sweating. Linen is equally complicated. It's light and breezy, but it wrinkles very easily. These fabrics are not off-limits, but if you want to wear silk and linen, know what fashion risks you're taking or look into to blends. Otherwise, you can't go wrong with cotton and cotton blends.
Other than the "no white after Labor Day" rule (which, by the way, is not a hard and fast rule), you can wear just about any color in the summer. Just make sure you're wearing the right colors for you. Different people have different colors that can make them look good or look bad depending on skin tone and hair and eye color. If you wear the right colors, you'll look good in any season.
Hosiery in the summer is problematic, particularly if you work in an office with a dress code. Opaque tights are not fashionable or comfortable in warm weather, but bare legs aren't always an option. Kate Middleton has paved a fresh path for the once-frowned-upon nude pantyhose; it's now acceptable to wear them as long as your shoes are closed-toe with a closed-heel. Remember that only bare legs go with sandals.
We can finally kick off our winter boots and slip on more comfortable sandals. But you have to use some discretion with what you put on your feet. You get the green light for open toes anywhere as long as you're not wearing pantyhose or tights. Flip-flops are great for the beach and bumming around the garden, but they don't work for the office. There are some types of more stylish flip-flops and sandals that are nice enough to wear on designated business casual days, but make sure your feet look nice; a pedicure is highly recommended but not required.
Sundresses are reason enough to get excited about summer, but there's a time and a place for them, just like NFL apparel. For the most part, you want to steer clear of sundresses if you're going to the office. Spaghetti straps and maxi dresses should generally be saved for a night out. If you're thinking about work, make sure your dresses have capped sleeves or cover them up with a lightweight cardigan.
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