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Title: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Flora Louise on August 09, 2010, 11:59:36 AM
I assume I am not the only American suffering in high heat and humidity. My wardrobe is being stretched to accomodate the need to stay cool. Today it's a sleeveless, chambray shift dress and sandals. Bare legs, of course.

And you?
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Hushabye on August 09, 2010, 12:04:49 PM
I have to walk a delicate balance between cool enough not to melt when I go outside and warm enough not to turn into a popsicle in my office.  So, I'm wearing a purple tank and a black skirt that comes to mid-calf, plus my handy-dandy "granny sweater" to keep myself from freezing at my desk.
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Bibliophile on August 09, 2010, 12:06:23 PM
I'm in Atlanta so you can imagine that it's pretty hot & humid.  However, I'm currently in dress slacks & a short sleeve blouse with a fleece jacket over it :)  They keep our office building WAY too cold!  I thaw out on the way home & then I'll have to change into my tank top & shorts :)  And if I go outside, I'll put on my sunhat
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Aggiesque on August 09, 2010, 12:22:17 PM
flowy long cotton skirt and knit t-shirt esq top. 110 here in S. Texas! And the Ocean is like, there, so you know it's humid :)

Of course, I was mowing et cetera in pants and a flannel shirt yesterday... told myself it was my workout for the day!
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: cicero on August 09, 2010, 12:55:50 PM
where i live, in israel, it's hot all summer long. verrry hot. the past week was in the 40s-C which is in the 100s-F. so very very hot. and strong sun. and luckily- dress code is more casual so we wear sandals (no socks/stockings), light airy skirts/slacks, and 100% cotton tops/tanks. OTOH - the office i work in is freeezing (the a/c has an on/off button only, no thermostat, and luckily roomate and i both like it very cold so that's how we beat the heat).

I walk all/part of the way to work, so i get there already hot and sweaty. so i drink cold water, and make my first cup of coffee as a cold coffee to cool me down. after that i stick to freezing water and hot coffee.

last night, i sprinkled my bed (sheet/pillows) with freezing cold water - it was very nice! it lasted only a few minutes but really cooled me down
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Judah on August 09, 2010, 01:05:04 PM
I wear skirts or dresses most days in the summer.  I try to stick to light fabrics and I never, never wear hose.
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: HeebyJeebyLeebee on August 09, 2010, 01:12:24 PM
Gulf Coast Texas.  Hot & Humid!  I usually wear a pretty tank top trimmed in lace with a thin sweater or button up blouse over it (worn unbuttoned).  But that's my office wear most of the wear.  My office isn't too cold, but it is a bit chilly on the upper floors (they're closer to the main a/c machines for the building).

Evenings & weekends I'm usually in t-shirts made of moisture wicking material with built in UV protection and shorts made of quick drying UV blocking material designed for desert wear.  I also try to wear moisture wicking undies designed for athletes.  It's too muggy for regular cotton!

If I know I'll be outside for a while or might go inside someplace chilly, I usually bring an overshirt with long sleeves that I can roll up.  My overshirts are also designed for desert wear so they block UV, dry quickly, and have lots of vents built in. 

Mostly, I just try to stay indoors.  I acutally get paler in August from avoiding being outside!
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: LadyClaire on August 09, 2010, 01:19:56 PM
I have to walk a delicate balance between cool enough not to melt when I go outside and warm enough not to turn into a popsicle in my office.  So, I'm wearing a purple tank and a black skirt that comes to mid-calf, plus my handy-dandy "granny sweater" to keep myself from freezing at my desk.

That's how I have to dress, too. They keep my office entirely too cold, so my summer work wardrobe is made up of lightweight dresses paired with thick sweaters.

Today I'm wearing a heather grey knee-length sleeveless dress that has a pleated A-line skirt with a wide black leather belt, a long sleeved purple sweater, and zebra print peep toe heels.
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: DottyG on August 09, 2010, 02:55:50 PM
Nothing.


Ok, that's not true.  I have to wear clothes to keep from getting into trouble.  But, I have to say that it's so dang hard to put clothes on in the mornings when I know how hot I'm going to be as soon as I step outside. :(

I said it last year, and I'll say it again now......THE VERY FIRST PERSON IN MY REAL WORLD WHO COMPLAINS ABOUT THE COLD THIS WINTER IS GOING TO GET A BLACK EYE, DARN IT.  (Or, at least, I'm going to think about giving them one, even if I really can't.  I don't want to hear ANYONE complaining when this stupid heat wave is finally over.  NO ONE.)

Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Winterlight on August 09, 2010, 03:03:07 PM
Dotty, I'm so with you. I miss winter.

I stick to cotton or linen, lots of skirts and lightweight fabrics.
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: alegria on August 09, 2010, 06:46:37 PM
I'll complain about the cold, Dottyg, and I'll do it right now.  It is 63 degrees outside and raining...in Seattle...in August.  It should be at -least- 80F and it's not.  We've barely had any summer weather at all, and I'm just devastated.   :'(
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Giggity on August 09, 2010, 06:48:45 PM
I have a large collection of company shirts that are surprisingly cute for being women's company shirts. At least twice a week, I wear one of those with black or tan capris. Other days, a cute short skirt and matching t-shirt.

Oh yeah, and sandals. I don't do closed toe much anymore unless I have to.
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Master_Edward on August 09, 2010, 06:49:31 PM
Just a pair of shorts right now.

Ed.
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Brentwood on August 09, 2010, 06:49:59 PM
I wear jeans all year 'round. In the summer, I often roll them up, but I don't have any shorts or "capri" pants. I haven't found any shorts that fit my style - there seems to be little-to-nothing in between that which is teeny-bopper short and that which looks matronly on me.

With my jeans, I wear a lot of sandals and open-toed shoes, sleeveless or short-sleeved tops, and I always have a cardigan or light jacket with me for when inside meat-locker-cold air-conditioned buildings.
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: M-theory on August 09, 2010, 06:56:15 PM
Easy! I'm not.
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Animala on August 09, 2010, 07:22:26 PM
Generally I just avoid the heat.  It makes me very sick very quickly.  In general I will wear a T shirt and a very thin denim skirt and flip flops and a hat.  When I have to travel any distance I wear a nice tank top and take a thin over shirt for when I go inside.
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Dazi on August 09, 2010, 07:57:13 PM
Easy! I'm not.

Same here.  My husband told me I set a new record for speed undressing yesterday.  I no more than shut the door before I had all my clothes off.  It was easily 100 degrees in the shade the last couple of days.
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Emmy on August 09, 2010, 08:30:14 PM
I have a large collection of company shirts that are surprisingly cute for being women's company shirts. At least twice a week, I wear one of those with black or tan capris. Other days, a cute short skirt and matching t-shirt.

Oh yeah, and sandals. I don't do closed toe much anymore unless I have to.

I wish my company would start making company shirts for women, especially because several women work there.  Instead they get everybody men's shirts and they are huge on me.  So uncute and unfeminine. 
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: LadyClaire on August 10, 2010, 09:25:37 AM
I'll complain about the cold, Dottyg, and I'll do it right now.  It is 63 degrees outside and raining...in Seattle...in August.  It should be at -least- 80F and it's not.  We've barely had any summer weather at all, and I'm just devastated.   :'(

I think we got all of the summer weather here in KY. It's been unusually hot and humid here. It's going to be so hot tomorrow that they just sent out a mass e-mail telling staff and students that we could dress in casual attire.
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Hushabye on August 10, 2010, 09:37:24 AM
I'll complain about the cold, Dottyg, and I'll do it right now.  It is 63 degrees outside and raining...in Seattle...in August.  It should be at -least- 80F and it's not.  We've barely had any summer weather at all, and I'm just devastated.   :'(

I think we got all of the summer weather here in KY. It's been unusually hot and humid here. It's going to be so hot tomorrow that they just sent out a mass e-mail telling staff and students that we could dress in casual attire.

Yikes!  I know that down here in Bowling Green the heat index has been well over 100 for at least a week straight.  It was already in the low 80s when I hit the road for the office at quarter til 8 this morning.

So, I'm wearing a skirt that hits mid-calf again and a cap-sleeved dress shirt.
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: LadyClaire on August 10, 2010, 09:41:10 AM
I'll complain about the cold, Dottyg, and I'll do it right now.  It is 63 degrees outside and raining...in Seattle...in August.  It should be at -least- 80F and it's not.  We've barely had any summer weather at all, and I'm just devastated.   :'(

I think we got all of the summer weather here in KY. It's been unusually hot and humid here. It's going to be so hot tomorrow that they just sent out a mass e-mail telling staff and students that we could dress in casual attire.

Yikes!  I know that down here in Bowling Green the heat index has been well over 100 for at least a week straight.  It was already in the low 80s when I hit the road for the office at quarter til 8 this morning.

So, I'm wearing a skirt that hits mid-calf again and a cap-sleeved dress shirt.

Yep, it's like that here in Louisville, too. Incredibly hot and humid with a heat index into 100+. I think the heat index the other day was some ridiculous number like 115. Every time I watch the weather it shows no relief in sight..just solid 90s for weeks to come. It was 85 degrees this morning at 7:00 AM, and the air quality is supposed to be pretty bad today.
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Hushabye on August 10, 2010, 09:43:21 AM
I'll complain about the cold, Dottyg, and I'll do it right now.  It is 63 degrees outside and raining...in Seattle...in August.  It should be at -least- 80F and it's not.  We've barely had any summer weather at all, and I'm just devastated.   :'(

I think we got all of the summer weather here in KY. It's been unusually hot and humid here. It's going to be so hot tomorrow that they just sent out a mass e-mail telling staff and students that we could dress in casual attire.

Yikes!  I know that down here in Bowling Green the heat index has been well over 100 for at least a week straight.  It was already in the low 80s when I hit the road for the office at quarter til 8 this morning.

So, I'm wearing a skirt that hits mid-calf again and a cap-sleeved dress shirt.

Yep, it's like that here in Louisville, too. Incredibly hot and humid with a heat index into 100+. I think the heat index the other day was some ridiculous number like 115. Every time I watch the weather it shows no relief in sight..just solid 90s for weeks to come. It was 85 degrees this morning at 7:00 AM, and the air quality is supposed to be pretty bad today.

And here I was kind of hoping I'd get some relief when I drive up there for the afternoon... Nice to know it's just miserable everywhere.  :P  At least we can all swelter together, right?
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: little bird on August 10, 2010, 09:43:40 AM
I'm with SouthernSugar -- trying to dress appropriately both for 112 degrees in the shade (it's not humid but walking across the parking lot feels more like trudging across the Sahara) and our 68 degree office is a bit of a challenge, especially since we're having a lot of visitors at work and that means... nicer clothes!  I've been pulling out all of my little linen sheath dresses and pairing them with 3/4-sleeve cardigans and dressy scarves.  

Around the house I've been rocking tiny shorts and very thin tank tops.  
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Just Lori on August 10, 2010, 09:47:37 AM
Shorts and Ts for daily life, with my ever present fleece jacket nearby for ventures indoors.
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Elizabeth on August 10, 2010, 04:35:32 PM
I had a meeting that I had to dress up for today (boo!) so I am currently wearing a black pin-striped pencil skirt, a grey cap-sleeved cotton blouse, and strappy sandals with a modest heel.  No nylons.  I'll add a straw hat when I walk home. 

I've taken to wearing knee-length beige pleated shorts with a light, short sleeved blouse whenever I can get away with it. They look pretty dorky, but I've reached the age when comfort is more important - at least, for work attire.

My hat doesn't fit if I wear my hair up, but it would definitely help if I could pull it back into a bun!
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Information_queen on August 10, 2010, 04:37:28 PM
I'm lucky, I only have to venture outside to take the dog out as I'm not working right now. And that I can do in my pjs and I don't really care who sees me. My pjs are cooler than real clothes so that's what I'm wearing. Thin cotton knit capri pj pants (with Superman logos on them!) and a thin tshirt. No bra. Nylon bras are painful in this weather, so I only wear one if I have to.

Denim capris with a thin tshirt if I have to go out in public. And flipflops.

I think next summer I'm going to try and find some cotton skirts to wear because I think I might be more comfortable (all my skirts now are polyester and dressy or I'd be wearing them instead of pants).

ETA: I just checked the weather report; it's 99F here with a 120F heat index. Yeah, staying inside.

I remember leaving North Carolina three summers ago and driving to Louisiana - we left NC that morning with a heat index of around 120F and it got *cooler* as we drove south!

I figure we might as well move to Louisiana if I have to put up with the summer temperatures anyway!
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: MommyPenguin on August 10, 2010, 07:00:24 PM
It's not quite as hot here in the Midwest as I'm used to (I'm from the DC region), low 90s, which isn't really *too* bad.  It's definitely hot enough to sap your energy, though!  I went out today to take my little girl to try to ride her new bike for the first time, and all of us were wilting within a few minutes.

However.  Even though it's hot, I've had to add something to my attire that makes me hotter.  What?  Suspenders.  Yes, actual "I look like an 80-year-old man suspenders," because I'm 39 weeks pregnant, due pretty much any time, and I've gotten to the point where my stomach is just so round that my pants fall down every 5 seconds when I walk around.  They do make me hot, and they make my bra strap try to slide off my shoulder, but honestly it's better than hitching my pants up constantly!  So that's my hot weather gear.  :)  In general, though, it's maternity t-shirts and jean shorts for me!  Too hot for footwear, I go barefoot almost all the time, wearing open sandals when I absolutely have to put on shoes.
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Venus193 on August 10, 2010, 07:15:55 PM
Shorts and T-shirts for the moment.  Saturday I will have to wear a Pyramid Collection dress for dinner at Malaga.
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Brentwood on August 10, 2010, 09:12:39 PM
Shorts and T-shirts for the moment.  Saturday I will have to wear a Pyramid Collection dress for dinner at Malaga.

Picture of dress, please? :D
Title: Re: What are you wearing -- to beat the heat?
Post by: Venus193 on August 10, 2010, 10:43:41 PM
No longer on the site.  It's a sleeveless one called Blue Ocean.