I’ve been thinking about what I wanted to share with you in Part Two of Fashion Solutions for Summer Heat. (Here’s Part One if you missed it.) I settled on two things: fabrics and their content and lightweight accessories.
Well, isn’t it just grand that I was visiting my favorite store in Sonoma yesterday, J.James, and two of my favorite people, Keva and Valerie, were demonstrating exactly what I wanted to share with you! Thank you, Ladies!!!
Keva, in shades of yellow, loves wearing sheer fabrics in the summer, layered. Nothing’s cooler than a floaty skirt! The piece under her asymmetrical yellow top is a pretty vintage-looking camisole. “Of fer nice,” women in our family would say. (Yes, it’s fer, not for, just the way Mother said it!).
Sorry we lost the true color in this closeup picture of Keva’s top, but it’s the necklaces I wanted you to see. She starts with a thin gold necklace, then she’s got a double layer of soft pearls, and then a lovely longer necklace that shimmers so beautifully. I complimented her on it and she said, “Valerie made it!” Of course, she did. Valerie can make anything! (You’ll see her in a minute.)
I’m doing something similar regarding jewelry in this picture of me in Santa Fe where I ran into a true jewelry designer hero of mine, Belle Brooke. Her jewelry is shown here in Sonoma at Studio Collections Jewelry right next door to J.James but her studio is in Santa Fe. I’d remembered she was in Santa Fe (once) but had forgotten that fact so when I stumbled into her studio and discovered it was her I was so happy! Her jewelry has worked well for a couple of clients of ours.
The value of lightweight necklaces
The necklace I’m wearing while meeting Brooke is a double chain of crystals, pearls, and gold textured beads. It adds some luster while still being lightweight. I call these kind of necklaces nothing necklaces. They’re neutral. They add value, mostly by adding texture to an outfit, without making a statement. Sometimes that’s exactly what you need!
It was great with my Chico’s 60% cotton/40% modal white T-shirt and the 70% linen/30% silk skirt I found in Santa Fe at a consignment store the day before this picture with Brooke was taken. I added my Eileen Fisher super lightweight 100% linen jacket. I’d brought with me one of the button bracelets I made in my long ago past. I made this one using the backside of Mother-of-Pearl buttons because I love the texture so much. It all adds up to a comfortable, summer chic outfit.
Compare my necklace and Keva’s necklace to Valerie’s necklace which has more design weight. She made it of course! I love it for summer because of the color of the beads and the silver bird. (I’m listening to the birds in the trees outside my home office window right now!) I’m crazy about birds. If I were a robber, I’d have grabbed that necklace off her neck. But that would be “Oh fer bad.” Instead, I admire it and her for making it.
As we leave the necklace discussion, I’ll say this: Most often in summer, it’s “cooling” to wear a necklace that is light in color or materials. Save the heavier necklace looks for fall/winter.
Fabric content matters when it comes to staying cool!
I’ve mentioned some of the fabric contents of clothing pieces already. Knowing I wanted to write about fabrics, I went into my closet and pulled out the clothes I wear on the hottest of days and made a photo collage of the fiber content labels for you. It used to be that I only wore lightweight cotton (Pima cotton or Egyptian cotton being the coolest) fabrics in summer or 100% linen. I don’t care that linen wrinkles. Wrinkles and linen go together like ice cream and waffle cones. (Mother was not a fan of wrinkles. She’d look at a wrinkled top and say, “Oh fer wrinkled!”)
But now there are so many combinations that offer that lightweight feel we want in clothes we wear in hot weather.
This blouse that Erin wore to work one day was another one I lusted for. It’s just barely sheer but not enough that she has to wear another layer under it. It was a very hot day but she looked great and felt great. Notice her little necklace at her neck. This print wants all of the attention. It doesn’t want to be bothered with more jewels.
Both Keva and I were lusting after Valerie’s pants. Here’s a closeup of them. They are sheer and 100% linen. We could see the shape of her legs in a certain light. “I love that!” Keva said. So did I! And I liked how Valerie wore a longer tunic top as an example of how to cover up any parts of one’s body that one would rather keep more private.
This J.Jill paisley pant is so fluid and cool to wear. It’s 100% rayon which is man-made fabric. It has very thin fibers which allows it to breathe. It’s lightness keeps it from sticking to the body. Gotta love that non-sticking part! (Oh fer nice!)
So there you have it, my friends! More ways to look cool when you’re feeling hot.
Tell us about your jewelry selections in hot weather, would you? Thanks!