August weather is always a tricky, trickay thing, isn't it? Sometimes the sun comes out with a vengeance and makes you ditch all the things in your planner for an impromptu beach day, and sometimes you wake up and notice-with some alarm- that you need to put on a sweatshirt before brushing your teeth.
And while we've learned to just roll with these up and downs, it can get a bit confusing if the thermometer has one of its schizophrenic moments throughout the day, rather than just the week. Ninety degrees in the afternoon and then sixty degrees in the evening? Being from Chicago, I'm no stranger to that. So for this Layering 101 installment I whipped up a weather report for you, with ideas on what to wear with these finicky August temps, as well as ideas for layers that you can peel on and off throughout the day.
It's a bit nippy out but not really, so you don't want to lug a jacket around. Instead, go for a thin turtleneck and pop it over your dress when the sun starts making its slow stretch down. The form fitting top will create a fun contrast against the billowy, light material of the maxi dress, and then add a gold plated belt on top of the turtleneck to make the pairing appear more seamless and not as choppy. If it gets warm again later, toss the thin top into your backpack or tie it around your waist.
It's patio weather you guys! It's just hot enough to make you want a margarita but not so sweltering that you want to request a seat inside. Grab a wide brimmed hat to keep the sunshine out of your eyes and pop a short sleeve chambray shirt on top of your maxi. If you want to go for a more flirty look, unbutton the few bottom buttons and tie the bottom of the shirt into a knot. That way it'll sit at your natural waist and give you more of a casual "whatever, it's summer" type of look.
It's not too hot and it's not too cold, but you never know which way the thermometer will fluctuate throughout the day. If it dips down just five degrees you're going to be cranky battling the wind in your bare legs, or if it inches up towards the mid-seventies you're going to want to ditch your jacket on the bus. To stay on the safe side, pair your crop top with something light and something thick. Matching it against fancy sweatpants gives the look a playful contrast (and will keep your legs warm), and popping on a long vest over the whole look not only ties it all together but also gives you an extra (light!) layer. Add in a baseball hat to keep the sporty look going, and colored glasses to give another touch of luxe.
It. Is. Sweltering. Nobody has any time for layers right now. Instead, add interest to your look by taking a dip into some playful pattern play. The leaf pattern in the crop top looks fun paired with a cleaner, more subtle pattern, like this window pane one. The black in the skirt also matches the black in the top, which gives a flow to the outfit. Another easy way to jazz up a look during the heat is to rely on accessories. Suspenders add a fun, boyish touch to the look, and the semi-closed sandal gives you the illusion of not being so bare.
Yep, it's still hot out and you want to show some skin without looking too nakey. Enter the thin, baggy blouse. Wear a structured bralette with high waist shorts, but then top it all off with an unbuttoned baggy, almost mannish shaped blouse. It adds an instant layer without making you sweaty, and then if the temperature does dip down you can just button it up and leave half of it tucked in at the waist.
The weather is perfect out- we've hit the Goldilocks of summer days. Take your billowy blouse and half-tuck it into a metallic mini to give a fancy-but-slob-esque look (it's all about the playful contrasts!) and then add sheer thigh highs as a thin layer to add some interest. The thigh highs will keep you warm if the temp does dip a little, but they won't overheat you since they're sheer. Win, win!
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