Tips on How to Stay Cool and Fashionable in the Florida Heat

Who said you can't beat the heat in style?
Anna Dominguez
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If there is one thing Florida is known for, it's the heat. It is hot about eight months out of the year, with humidity levels that do not help. Sometimes you just want to lock yourself in your house, throw on a pair of shorts and a tank-top, and crank the A/C as low as it will go. But what about when the inevitable happens, and you have to go outside? You have to change clothes, but, what to wear? 

When the sun is beating down, you may think you have no choice but to be hot and uncomfortable. But you don't have to sacrifice function for fashion. Just because you want to look nice doesn't mean you have to suffer through the sweat. Continue reading for some quick tips on how to stay cool in the Florida heat without giving up your style. 


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Tip #1: Shorts are your best friend.

The number one thing to remember when venturing out into the Florida heat is, the less fabric, the better. You don't want to be too covered up with pants or a long-sleeved shirt. The longer the piece of clothing, the more space it has to retain heat and make you sweat. Shorts or skirts are the best option. Your legs can breathe and enjoy the breeze of the day. Keep it classic with simple jean shorts, or look for a pair with a cool design or pattern. You can also go for a colorful option that matches your personality.

Tip #2: Tank-tops and crop tops galore.

As the saying goes, sun's out, guns out! The idea of less fabric to keep cool also applies to your upper torso. Tank-tops and crop tops are popular choices here in Florida, especially during the summer. The idea here is the same, these types of tops trap less heat than something with sleeves. Not only do they keep you cool, they are also very stylish. Get in on the summer fun with a nice floral pattern, or try out some bright colors. You'll be staying cool and looking good, all while working on your tan!

Tip #3: Don't forget about the dresses and rompers.

A dress or romper is a quick and easy outfit to throw on when you're running late. Not only do they make your life easier, they are also very versatile. Dress it up or dress it down, dresses and rompers can be the perfect outfit for any occasion. Throw on some sandals or sneakers, and you're ready for a casual day at the park. Ready for a night on the town? Put on a pair of heels and you are good to go! When it comes to beating the heat, these options do the trick. They do call them sundresses for a reason! Rompers and dresses for the summer are typically made of very light, airy material so you are still able to enjoy the breeze. This also means they don't trap as much heat as other clothing options.

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Tip #4: Don't underestimate the power of a good hat.

Hats are a fun way to shield your face from the power of the sun. They act as your own personal cloud, shading you from the sun and helping to keep you cooler. Not only can a hat be used to give you shade from the sun, it can also be the accessory you need to tie your outfit together. You can go simple or bold, depending on your mood. If you're looking for something more low-key, a baseball cap or snapback will do the trick. If you want more of a statement piece, big, colorful hats are also a good option. A wide brim sun hat is a popular example.

Tip #5: Go simple on the shoes.

To survive the Florida heat, you don't want to go too bulky with your shoe choice. A nice pair of sandals or open-toed heels are good options to maximize the amount of ocean breeze your body is getting. Heavier shoes, like boots, add too many layers to your body and will make you feel sweaty and hot. If you are spending the day at an amusement park, or plan on doing a lot of walking, a simple pair of sneakers is also a good choice. Just make sure they are sleek, and not too thick.

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Tip #6: Don't forget the eyewear.

Sunglasses are a good way to spice up any outfit. Keep it cool and chic with some nice aviator style sunnies. Or get a little crazy with a fun color or pattern you've wanted to try. With so many different styles and designs, there is a sea of options for you to explore. Add in the fact that sunglasses protect your eyes from the sun, and you've got a win-win accessory!

Tip #7: Sunscreen and more sunscreen.

Sunscreen is a staple for Florida living in general, as it protects you from the sun's harmful rays. And let's be honest, a sunburn is not a good look for anyone. But there is an added bonus. In addition to ensuring you don't end the day sunburnt, sunscreen can also help keep you cooler throughout the day. It acts as a thin barrier between you and the sun, so the heat is not as intense. It may not be much, but on the hottest day every bit counts! Try a moisturizing sunscreen to keep your skin soft and safe.

Tip #8: Lighter colors are your top choices.

When it comes to picking the color scheme of your outfit, it's best to err on the lighter side of the color wheel. Darker colors absorb more heat than lighter colors. So a black shirt will have you feeling the heat faster than a white shirt would. Popular colors for springtime include pastels like baby blue or light pink. Perfect options for staying on trend while also keeping cool. To stay cool and stylish in the summer, try playing around with outfit options in yellows and reds. 

Tip #9: Pay attention to the material your clothes are made out of.

The heavier, or thicker, the material, the less breathable it is. This in turn, means that the fabric will trap more heat and absorb moisture, like sweat. Cotton is a good example of this. Breathable fabrics are a must if you want to beat the heat. They are a thinner material, like silk or polyester, that allows for more ventilation and does not absorb moisture as much. Shirts and shorts made of breathable fabrics are very popular in Florida for these reasons, and are typically always on trend in the spring and summer. They are also found in looser fits, which in turn helps you stay cool as well. Looser clothing allows for more space to help the breeze travel and cool you down.

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Tip #10: Hairstyles can help.

This one is more for the "long hair, don't care" group. If you have long hair, especially thick hair, it's best to go for an updo on warmer days. Having your hair down covers your neck and can act almost like a scarf, keeping your neck warm. You want to be able to feel the breeze of the day as much as possible. Wearing your hair down you can start to feel hot and sweaty. Some nice hairstyles that can solve this problem include a classic ponytail, a messy bun, or braids. Your hair is out of the way, and you cool down a bit!

So what have we learned? Light colors and less fabric are the basic keys to staying cool in the Florida heat. And don't forget the accessories! Add in your own personal style and you're well on your way to staying fashionable as well! The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in whatever you wear. The rest is just icing on the cake.