As much as I love a hot summer's day, I find it really hard to stay cool while maintaining a convincing air of put-togetherness. Spaghetti-string vests and flip flops are fine for the beach or the park, but don't really work for going about your business in real life. Whether you're just on your way to work or off on a chic city break, you are going to need some strategies.
As a veteran of hot and humid summers in Tokyo, here are my recommendations...
・Light, breathable fabrics mean that you can cover up without suffering (polyester is not your friend).
・Cap or cropped sleeves keep the sophistication level high while allowing you to bare your legs and/or go for a low neckline.
・If you are baring your skin make sure you have some serious sunscreen on, it's just not worth it.
・Invest in good quality sandals that are not going to disintegrate after a couple of sweaty wears
・Accessorise with simple pieces that aren't going to weigh you down. Wicker allows you to carry a substantial bag without it looking too heavy.
・I use this natural insect spray to deter mosquitoes. Best to avoid inhaling chemicals such as DEET which is often found in insect repellent.
・Have a light wrap at the ready for over-air conditioned shops and for cooler evenings.
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Stay cool & enjoy!