Staying Cool in the Heat Wave

It sounds unreal, but Seattle does get heat waves from time to time. We’re in the middle of the one hitting the West right now–and there’s no sign of letting up.

florals and shorts

Fedora: Payless
Top: Goodwill
Shorts: Old Navy
Shoes: Luo Luo (from Amazon)
Faux leather purse: Target

All I can do is dress light and drink lots. Instead of blow-drying my hair or straightening it, I add a surf spray texturizer and let it get a bit wavy. My hair is naturally pretty straight so this is as much wave as I can coax out of it. As least wind and sweat won’t make it look worse!

woman and dog

To keep the sun off my head, I tried out my new fedora. I have to say, I love it! The straw is great for summer and it doesn’t trap the heat like most hats do. Fun fact: Did you know the fedora was originally a woman’s hat? The word comes from the title of an 1882 play. The main character, Princess Fédora, was played by Sarah Bernhard, who wore a center-creased, soft brimmed hat on stage. Women’s rights activists adopted the fashion right away. Men didn’t start to wear fedoras until the 1920s.

white shorts

In my 30s, I swore off shorts, but a couple of years ago, I brought them back into my wardrobe. I used to think they were too casual, but with a pair of wedges, they’re fun. These ones are faux leather, come in nine colors, and are on sale for less than $25! It was hard to choose, but I do like the blue.

purple accents

I balanced out my outfit with a loose, billowy top. It’s much cooler than something body-hugging anyway. I found this floral top at Goodwill. It was a size too big, but tucking in one side seems to make it work.

wedge sandals

What are your tricks for staying cool in the heat? Maybe some of the women participating in Visible Monday have ideas!

7 Comments

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7 responses to “Staying Cool in the Heat Wave

  1. This is a perfect hot-weather look, esp with the neat Fedora! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

  2. Wearing hats, flowy skirts, and iced tea has become my daily ritual. That and jumping in the pool.
    You pull of wearing shorts and those high heel wedges to the T. Well done!

  3. Oh, lovely in blue hues and white. Keeping cool, I hope, and looking glam certainly. Nothing ever beats a doggy bomb, though.

    • Yeah, I love a good dog or cat bomb. Frankie wandered over and plopped down just as that shot was being taken. Too cute! I sat down next to him for the other shot. He’s normally camera-shy 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  4. What a refreshing outfit, looks cool and comfortable! I love the fedora and it really suits you! As for the shorts – you have the legs for it! Your pretty, floral top and blue wedges dress up your outfit, you picked a beautiful colour. With a plain T-shirt and flat sandals it would be a casual look, something to wear in the backyard.

    Hats are so much more than fashion, they are very important for sun protection. Thanks for the trivia, it’s always nice to learn something I didn’t know. I wore a straw hat yesterday. Normally, it has a black band but I added a red one for Canada Day. Recognize it? 😉

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