Regarding my personal style conundrum and subsequent solution, I keep in mind the weather and my work conditions. It’s hot so near the Gulf. It’s sticky, and it’s incredibly uncomfortable from mid-May through early October. My wardrobe had a major identity crisis after we arrived to Texas, but this is my third summer in the heat, and so I think that I’ve come up with a pretty solid plan of action for dealing with months of heat and humidity. My secret is ventilation, either by way of fiber content or silhouette. I’ve always been drawn to natural fibers, but cottons and linens have become summertime staples in my closet. I dress mostly for my work life, which is business casual. Some days I give in to my addiction to pencil skirts and pumps, but for the days I know I’ll be hauling patio furniture around, I stick with loose blouses and crop pants. And every opportunity for low-key time with friends is spent in jeans or bermuda shorts and a t-shirt.
Default to a lightweight cotton-blend skirt with a breezy blouse or pullover and accessories in cheerful colors.
Spunky sleeveless blouse which doesn’t really touch my skin, cardigan to combat wicked AC and simple cotton cropped pants. Forget accessories (they usually fight with the crazed colors or prints on my blouses) and get my hair out of my face.
Jeans, usually a looser straight leg style with legs rolled up, tissue weight tee, belt (sometimes not) and Pinterest-inspired braid or carefree ponytail.