Hey friends! I bet many of you might be on vacation this week for the 4th. Having a holiday in the middle of the week isn’t really my favorite, but I’ll take a day off whenever possible. I guess it’s really kind of funny that I’d even care about a day off since I don’t work outside of the home, but I do like when Kent has a day off. Midweek holidays are hard because you still have to go to work the next day so you can’t enjoy them with the ease of one that falls right before the weekend.
Today is the first Tuesday of July and that means it’s time for another installment of the Ageless Style Link-up.
The Ageless Style Link-Up – The first Tuesday of every month ten over 40 bloggers present a different style theme and show a myriad of ways to wear it, all the while proving you can still be fashionable and on trend over 40 and beyond.
Kellyann picked our theme for July and nailed it. We’re talking about keeping cool in the summer heat. Well since the summer heat is really ramping up across a lot of the country, this is the perfect time to share our secret (or not so secret) ways we choose to stay cool. True story: As I was taking these pictures (yesterday) it was in the mid 70’s and the wind was blowing. I know for you girls in the hot and humid states this may sound like heaven, but this southern at heart girl is happiest when there’s a heat wave rolling through.
I’ve shared numerous times that I’m not much of a shorts girl, but I do love to wear a flowy little dress to keep cool when the temps are high. I picked this cute striped dress up earlier this season on a whim when I ran into Old Navy one day. This dress is a winner on so many levels, but what really reeled me in was that it was lined. YES! Nothing is worse than buying a dress to keep cool and then having to add a slip to it so you don’t see straight through it.
A lot of little dresses like this lend themselves to being dressed up a little or can be worn really casual like I wore it here. I just added my favorite Tory Burch sandals and a few of my favorite accessories and I was ready to roll. These days when the temps are hot I find myself pulling my hair up in a ponytail. It’s so easy and now that I’m really trying to give my hair a break from so much blow-drying and straightening, a ponytail is the easiest answer. I also like wearing it pulled up because I can showcase so many of my fun earrings.
You can also see here that this same dress can be gussied up a little just by adding a fun wedge and some different accessories. Versatile pieces like this are great for summer travel too. If you feel like dressing up a little more for dinner out, just put on the wedges, but if you find yourself just wanting to be cool and comfortable you can stick with flats sandals or even flip-flops.
I like to have an outer layer with me even when it’s really hot outside. Like yesterday after I took these pictures I was running a few errands, one of which was Target. I don’t know about you, but our Target borders on a meat locker half the time and I can’t function and bargain hunt when my brain is fighting my body for warmth. You’d think someone who suffers from hot flashes at the most inopportune times wouldn’t have to worry about being cold, but trust me friends, it happens. As Kent likes to say, I’m “thermally challenged”. You ladies in the prime of life know exactly what I’m talking about.
Here are just a few of the other ways I’ve chosen to keep cool in dresses this year.
There are so many darling little dresses available and I find myself having a real moment with them this year. Check some of these out for yourself and great news, most if not all of them are on sale.
The 4th of July also means major sales are going on. Yesterday I shared some of my favorite accessories from Accessory Concierge and they are all 40% off right now. (including the colorful tassel necklace in this post) If you missed that post, just click HERE.
This months guest host is Cheryl from Northwest Mountain Living. Cheryl is just the cutest and her style is laid back and put together. She just has this calming effect on me whenever I read her blog. What a gift. She also happens to look cute as can be in whatever she’s wearing and todays kimono is no exception. Make sure you pop over and see what she has to share, and then be sure to hit the other members of our Ageless Style team. There is a wealth of ideas and knowledge among all these bloggers.