This September has literally kicked off with the most insane heatwave of the summer. Dressing for each day has become a battle between the brain saying "It's Fall! Time for layers!!" and body, "Its hot..water..please". The days are upwards of 28 degrees making you want to wear nothing at all, but your mind is turned to cool, as the small gusts of wind come with that crisp autumn bite of the changing season. At the moment the number one thing so many people are stuck trying to figure out is how to dress for this new autumn weather.
My favourite thing about the changing season is usually layering up and being able to morph my style through the day as temperatures fluctuate. Since the weather is not going to let me do that for a while, (I'm not actually that mad though, I'm enjoying some late season beach days!), I have been mixing summery tops with autumn tones and prints, light pants and the usual running shoes to try to keep cool.
Most of my clients are feeling the same confusion I am so Ive put together a little go to guide for great style to keep cool in this ridiculous hellfire we call "Early Fall In Toronto". These can all be integrated seamlessly into the colder days...if those hopefully do happen ever again.
1. Get yourself a white (or light coloured) long sleeve!
Sounds crazy right? The most important thing to do, especially if you're out and about in this sunshine and heat is to stay covered. White will reflect the sunlight and keep yourself feeling a little cooler. If you're like me and can't wear white without spilling McDonalds BBQ sauce all over it, try light blues, greys or anything easier to wash (probably stay away from this all black outfit).
2. No Polyester!
Switch to natural fibers like cotton, linen, bamboo and silks. These cooler options create better airflow as well as wicking sweat away from you. This means that as you sweat, the fabric carries the moisture to the outer layer where it evaporates eliminating that gross soggy feeling.
3. Bring A Scarf or Kerchief!
Having long hair or thick hair can easily add extra weight and heat factor when trying to navigate this crazy heat. Having a silk scarf not only works as a great fashion accessory but also helps to keep your hair off your neck and out of your face. Wearing a kerchief around your neck can also help protect the neckline of your shirt from collecting any sweat stains as well.
4. Comfy Shoes!
Wearing heavy or overly clunky shoes can really effect your temperature, as trying to walk around with extra weight around your ankles isn't the easiest. Ankle boots and lush fabrics are always one of my fall favourites, but right now light weight mesh or canvas runners, easy flats and sandals are more my speed. Having breathable fabrics or open shoes also help cool you down as your feet have multiple pulse points which can help with temperature regulation.
5. Grab a Protection!
Literally, any hat and a pair of sunglasses. Baseball hats, fedoras, boater, wide brimmed, take your pick! They will help shield your eyes and keep the sun from beating down on your face. Having a wide pair of dark sunglasses will help keep your eyes safe from all these uv rays and help you be able to see through all the sunshine.
I hope this short guide helps you to keep cool for the next week or so of this heat wave. Then its back to comfy knits and sweet boots!