What to wear when it’s too hot to wear anything
Kaitlin Wright / BALLnROLL.com
Last week, I took a trip to Barcelona in search of some fashionable locals. Since the city is famous for its vibrant beach culture, I wanted to capture some summer-friendly styles that we can all adapt in these hottest of hot months. |
If you’ve never been to the city, you’re in for a treat. The architecture and food in Barcelona is enough to keep you going back for more. With a slew of beautiful tourist attractions like the Park Guell and Sagrada Familia, there’s plenty to see and do for both children and adults. Enjoy a lazy beach day or shop along the Passeig de Gracia. Go for tapas and mojitos on the beach, or have an authentic fish dinner in one of the many family-owned restaurants around town. Whatever your inner tourist fancies, you’ll find it in Barcelona.
The locals are friendly and if you don’t speak Spanish, you won’t have too much trouble getting by. We found a lot of friendly faces willing to make restaurant, bar and beach suggestions. Barcelonians really seem to enjoy life, and staying here for a day, a week, a month is a great way to relax and reconnect with the “fun” you.
When I started my search for street style candidates, two things were immediately apparent about Barcelona. One, people do not like to get fashionable in the blistering heat. I had a very hard time finding anything aside from tank tops and board shorts. Two, Barcelonians become suspicious when approached by a sweaty tourist asking them to pose for a photo. It was hot and - I can admit - I probably wouldn’t want a closeup with sweat dripping from my forehead. In the end, I found three great looks that were both weather-appropriate and fashionable.
Take a look at my favourite breezy looks found last week in Barcelona.
I spotted Kimmy outside of Salamanca Silvestre, an authentic and delicious family restaurant down by the beach. On her way out to one of the many beach bars, Kimmy was dressed exquisitely for the 26 degree celsius evening.
With perfect beach hair, a well-structured skirt and some fabulous basics, this look is one of my favourites in the series so far. To get her hair, spritz some salt water or “beach-effect” spray into your hair while it’s still damp and let it dry naturally, giving it a toss from time to time.
Pair your favourite neutral tank with a dark, patterned skirt. Kimmy went with a flattering, curve-hugging mini, but you can go for an a-line skirt with a longer hem if that’s more your style. For accessories, grab your favourite chunky necklace, a neutral clutch and some eye-catching heels. I love Kimmy’s mix of textures and patterns and the metallic details on her shoes perfectly round out this evening look.
I spotted David on the Passeig de Gracia during an afternoon of shopping. I loved his laid-back look and applauded his dedication for wearing long pants in 30 degree celsius weather! A fashion student, David was having a casual day shopping around the city, too.
In weather too hot for accessories, David still managed to pay attention to detail and turned this somewhat basic look into something unique. From his slicked-back hair to his aviators and finally, his cuffed trousers, no detail was spared.
You’ll need only basics for this one but please, please don’t throw on your favourite undershirt. Instead, pick up a loose-fitted tank in white, making sure that it isn’t thin enough for your nipples to make an appearance. A pair of skinny trousers in any shade, from a dark blue like David’s to a bright red, will do just fine. You can opt for a clean cuff at the bottom or cuff your trousers loosely for something a little less put together and a little more beachy.
Finally, put on your favourite slim tennis shoes. David is wearing slim Converse shoes, but you can go for any brand with a thin sole and canvas outer-layer. Part your hair to one side and run a bit of product through it, from front to back. Throw on some classic sunnies like David’s aviators or a pair of Wayfarers and you’ve got this look down pat.
I spotted Emily at the Placa Catalunya after a lunch of fantastic tapas and gelato. Her look was so versatile and comfortable-looking that I couldn’t resist asking for a photo.
Wearing a sheer cotton button-up and blue silk shorts, her look could easily be tailored for the office or the beach. For the office, pair this with a light neutral blazer and a pair of loafers. For the beach, keep it just as Emily has paired it here, with coral sandals and an over-sized bag.
To keep this look light and summery, stick with a white button-up. Feel free to mix it up with the silk shorts, though, with popular seasonal colours like neons and pastels. If you opt for colourful shorts, swap Emily’s thin-strapped sandals in coral for a pair in navy or beige.
Throw on your favourite sunnies and an oversized bag, like Emily’s Longchamp, and you’re ready for the beach!
In the midst of a heat wave, fashion isn’t always the most important factor when getting ready in the morning. But, if you know how to pair comfortable fabrics and basics, you’ll be looking stylish even in the hottest weather.
Remember, synthetics don’t breathe! If you want to be comfortable when the weather heats up, opt for natural fabrics like cotton, linen and silk.
For more fashion-forward city folk, stay tuned for our next edition of Street Style: London.
Posted on Jul 5, 2012