Published:  12:00 AM, 13 March 2017

Popular summer style

Popular summer style

The romance of spring is about to over. Summer is going to handcuff you with its wrathful heat. Even though you have no option left except surrendering to it, there's plenty of ways that you can ease up your exile in this summer-prison! Figuring out what to get dressed in each morning when your brain is only 50% on is hard enough.

Doing it with the expectation that your entire body is going to transform into a bloated, sweating, frizzled, frazzled mess as soon as you step out of your (hopefully) air-conditioned abode is enough to send you back to bed. Summer is chimerical and all, but one of the downsides is that the hottest season is filled with the most events. How's a girl supposed to stay cool, comfortable, and cute while sweating buckets under the harsh rays of the sun?

It's all about thinking strategically and taking a few shortcuts that ensure maximum breeziness.  First of all, choose clothing according to the occasion. There will be times when you might need to dress up during summer include attending special events such as a wedding or a party, working (if you're old enough) and visiting relatives. Determine ahead of time whether or not the occasion you're going to warrants wearing more dressed up clothes or not and plan for this well before the event.

Try to choose natural and comfortable fabric. Remember that you are more likely to sweat in fabrics that do not breathe well. Choose fabrics, such as cottons, linen and summer-weight wool. Some of the synthetics are made to be breathable but many of these are turned into sports or outdoor wear rather than dressed up clothing but you might be able to find breathable shirts in outdoor stores that still look good under a top or suit jacket.

Another important factor during summer is colors. Colors play pretty important role, especially in summer. Most of the fashion specialists suggest whites, light shades of colors and neutral tones for summer. It is better to eliminate blacks and dark colors from the list as these soak up the heat more, while the light colors and whites reflect it better. Pastels are another option. Also, you can check fashion magazines to keep up with the trend.

Then again, there is no generalized dress up style for summer. It depends mostly on the occasion. Just try to select a dress that fits the occasion. Dressed up clothing includes jeans and top, mostly fotua and also salwar kamij. Each item must be of good quality and well made. If matching your own kameez/tops or jeans/salwar be sure to choose complementary colors and styles so that they look good together.

Aim for a longer hem length where possible, which will look more dressed. Long flowing dresses are a lovely option for a more dressed up look that also feels wonderful. Moreover, when you are choosing sleeveless shirts or dresses, ensure that the item is classy and not made from t-shirt material. Such items look best when tailored, for a formal touch.

Half-sleeved shirts make for a nice formal statement but be sure to have them well pressed. Besides, try to avoid tracksuits, crop tops, anything sloppy or made from cheap and heavy fabric and skimpy items best left for the beach.

Whenever it is about shoes, girls are kind of out of control. However, you need to choose it wisely because the weather won't make it easy for you. Sandals are the best option for summer. Shoes will make your feet sweaty and stinky. Still, if wearing it is mandatory, use powders first. Moreover, choose flats or high heels that are formal enough for the outfit. Ensure that whatever sandal you are wearing is of good quality and match the formality of the outfit appropriately.

Accessories are least, but not last thing on any girl's style list. There are many possibilities with accessories, from big beaded necklaces to dainty bracelets. Choose what you enjoy wearing and what matches the outfit. Keep in mind that less is usually more, especially during the warmth of the summer months.

 Also, fix your hair with your dress style. Updos, ponytails, buns and braids are all acceptable provided they look neat and well groomed. Bear in mind that you might feel cooler and more refreshed if you keep longer hair off your neck and back, especially if it is really hot weather. Just be aware that your comfort is on top priority in summer, or else it might ruin your day and work both. Therefore, try to dress like that!

Model: Amit, Usha & Nisha

The writer is schooling with BRAC University. She can be reached at

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