Summer in the midwest makes me feel like fashion is turning against me. I'm uncomfortably warm, my shirt is sticking to my back, and...do I really look cute in a tank top? Like, really? I'm not a fan of cutesy summer dresses and I've been partial to black since my 1st grade art class. I stare longingly at my closet every morning and beg for a breeze to provide an excuse to add an extra layer. After much consideration and sources of inspiration, I've put together some guidelines on how how to look goth chic in a humid heat.
1. The Slouchy Tank: it's easy, it's breezy, and super comfortable. Warm greys and dark shades of nudes still provide that neutral color feel but doesn't absorb the heat from the sun.
2. Sheer Button Ups: if you pick up one from Forever 21, Topshop, or H&M, this shirt will most likely be 100% polyester. The nice thing about that is you can throw it in your bag to wear after the beach and it won't wrinkle. The lightness of the fabric gives you a little relief from the sun and the buttons allow you to show some cleavage!
3. Shirts with Swag: summer gives you an excuse to try some unique outfits at places such as festivals, parties, or the beach. Wear a tank top with an interesting cut-out detail, mix and match prints, layer tanks, or tie a light jacket around your waist.
4. DENIM: high waisted denim shorts, denim shirts, denim tanks, denim jackets...embrace this 90's throwback fashion trend this summer.
5. The Maxi's: playing with proportions was a major trend on the runways for S/S 2013. Try a maxi skirt with a crop top, tie up the bottom of a maxi dress in a side knot, throw a lace tank over that dress...get creative!
6. Statement Accessories: with basic tanks and shorts, make an outfit POP with statement jewelry pieces. Try a plum or teal colored necklace against black or grey or shades of reds against nudes.
Draw inspiration from 80's punk fashion...bold colors, striking details, unique silhouettes...so Amy Winehouse.