27 Apr Top 11 Essentials for the Best Summer Ever
When summer vacation began, most of the young ones enjoyed the first few days of not having to go to class either too early in the morning or too early at noontime. Now, as you can see on the daily news, it’s just a huge humid and searing hot heatwave banging away from the sun with temperatures averaging from 38º to 50º. So you see daily reminders from so-called experts to keep hydrated and stay from direct sunlight during the midday. And of course, there are also the more so-called experts that spout all that global warming and climate change sheer nonsense that is to blame for the really hot weather.
Regardless of everything, it’s still summer, and whether it’s a student on vacation or professionals looking for weekend getaways, the next few months may be already mapped out. This can range from after-work drinks, rooftop barbecues, weekend resorts, to sunset location scouting, or virtually anything that fancies your summer. So whatever you’re pursuing this summer at the beach, on land, or from the highest mountains, make sure you’re always ready with these can’t-do-without essentials.
Let’s start with the obvious, and this is to protect your eyes. Even in the shade the sun’s glare can damage the eyes. It doesn’t matter if you go for cheap Divisoria types, ones with neck chains, or high branded specialist types; the name of the game is to wear it to protect the eyes. What’s usually fashionable for summer sunglasses are the sporty shell sunnies.
Flip Flops and Sandals
You don’t want to seal in your feet in musty shoes under all this heat, do you? Flip flops or sandals have become the choice for stylish feet especially during the summer. There are so many models and designs to choose from such as the standard rubber thongs or leather soled uppers to keep your feet feeling cool. And for the ladies, in order to look really stylish, why not try gladiator sandals. The most common is the caged-in look with strappy lace-up front in order to adjust for your own comfort. They also look and feel great whether worn in daytime or at night.
Bikini and Trunks
Whether it’s for sunbathing or swimming, the hottest colors for summer are always pink, pistachio, silver, and black (although the guys are advised to stay away from pink trunks). Silk speedo-type shirts are a must if you’re going to those pools with the long water slides.
Instead of those thick leather jackets or hip-hop hoodies, use a denim jacket to wear on cooler evenings when staying outdoors or to cover-up when walking under the sun. The denim material repels heat better than most jacket and hoody materials. Contrary to popular belief, they haven’t gone out of style in today’s fashion.
Lightweight Blouses, Summer Dresses, and T-shirts
In short, anything lightweight to keep your body cool. Muslin or cotton is the best even when the sweat gets your body sticky since the cloth is light enough to catch any breeze. The dresses should be long enough to also cover the legs. Fancy designs are the craze for summer, even for the guys.
This skirt type is a flattering shape for all figures, and its knee length is still a hot look even for summer. It even gives the mini-skirt a run for its money. It can even be made in alternative suede material for cooler evenings.
Throwback Denim Mini
And since we’re on the topic of throwbacks and denim jackets and mini-skirts, the denim mini skirt is making a comeback. Shades of Marilyn Monroe! The short-hemmed and button-down mini always works charms for any summer look, day or night. The short hem keeps things breezy, of course.
Instead of those boring and open (therefore, unsafe) beach bags to carry your towel, suntan lotions, book, thongs, or just about anything you need to carry on your summer getaway travels, why not go for fringe bags instead. Pale blue, natural beige, white, or any pastel color with sweet flowers is a real hit for summer. It’s also a better alternative to over-sized tote bags or shopper bags that unduly advertise where you did your groceries. It’s also a safe and stylish way to carry your wallet, passport, and other essentials as a hand carry-on on flights.
Baseball Caps (for guys) and Straw Baseball Caps (for ladies)
A guy always looks great in any baseball cap, and let’s face it, these headgear were truly made to keep away the heat. But for the ladies, often those large straw hats are more of an annoyance (especially when walking in the shade and bumping into things and people). Not anymore, because now there’s a transitional hybrid between a jet-set sun hat and a right field staple. The straw baseball cap especially made for the ladies is a lighter and more sophisticated alternative to any summer headgear, and can be worn anywhere as well.
Truly, shorts during summer is a no-brainer, and so you weren’t thinking of going somewhere this weekend without taking shorts, were you? For the ladies, longer and shorter doesn’t really matter (though they are getting shorter on the ladies lately). But for the guys, the longer it is the sportier and more athletic looking it is. Usually just touching the knee caps is the perfect length so your legs can still breathe and don’t suffocate from the heat.
Low Block Heels
If you’re working, your Friday night schedules might be longer than you make them. From work you might have a few drinks for happy hour to avoid the rushing-home traffic, but this leads to dinner, and turns into a group of friends suddenly texting you for a night out or for some bar hopping. Since adaptability is key, a trusty pair of low block heels adds just enough height to transition from office to bar to dance floor with no extra effort. You know you’re wearing heels but you’re doing so comfortably.