Covering Your Arms and Keeping Cool in the Summer

Sometimes, even though you may long to wear a sleeveless top in the summer to stay cool and comfortable, you have to cover your arms for work or a special event. But rest assured that there are plenty of stylish ways that you can cover your arms without having to worry about getting overheated in the process. Continue reading for a few tips that will have you looking great and staying cool, even if your arms are covered.

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Look for the Right Fabrics

The right fabric is key to staying cool and comfortable during a summer event that requires that you wear sleeves of any length. Good options include any material that is particularly light on your skin. Transparent or semi-transparent fabrics are perfect, as is lace that is very breathable. The key is to stick with really lightweight materials that you will hardly feel on your arms and that will provide you with just enough coverage without overdoing it. Even a sequin top may work if the fabric is lightweight enough to make you feel cool and prevent you from overheating.

Don the Right Shapes

In addition to choosing the right fabrics, you should also choose the right shapes when it comes to the sleeves that you wear. A few good examples include batwing, bell, bishop, hanging, and butterfly sleeves.

  • A batwing sleeve is basically a long sleeve that features a deep armhole. It also tapers as it moves towards your wrist.
  • A bell sleeve is yet another long sleeve, but this one will be fitted basically from your shoulder down to your elbow. From the elbow downward towards your wrist, it will flare out just like bellbottom jeans would on your legs.
  • A bishop sleeve is like a bell sleeve in the sense that it is fuller towards the bottom than it is towards the top. It also features fabric that is gathered together into a cuff at your wrist.
  • A hanging sleeve is one that opens down the front or the side so that your arm can pass through and stay cool and comfortable.
  • And, finally, a butterfly sleeve is a shorter sleeve option that provides more width around the shoulder and downward.

Pair a Sleeveless Top with a Transparent Top with Sleeves

Another way to stay cool is by wearing a sleeveless top underneath a transparent, dressy top that has any one of the sleeve types and lengths above. In this way, you can remain really cool because the top that you wear will be completely transparent and allow for plenty of airflow, but you will still be covered because of the sleeveless top underneath it. You can easily pair this elegant top combination with a skirt of any length, as well as a pair of dress pants, and you can wear this type of outfit to a party or to work.

Now that you know how to keep your arms cool even on the hottest summer day, you can attend any event and look and feel great.

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Classic Summer Trends Making a Comeback

Keeping it simple has always been a good fashion mantra, along with ‘quality never goes out of style’. Bearing these in mind, we think its advice that many should take on board when buying for the summer, especially if you want those summer fashion purchases to see you through to next year too. So what classic summer trends should you be considering this season? And what’s the best way to save money on these purchases?

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Well, when it comes to money, the first thing you should consider is using the online voucher codes to save. Shopping in person is all very well if you want something there and then, but it also means you miss out on exclusive online discounts, sometimes up to 20% off new season items. In terms of classic summer trends, you don’t get more classic than Gap voucher codes – they can save you money on all those clean lines, preppy cuts and attractive colour palettes that will suit most wardrobes, and even if your personal style is slightly more eclectic then you can still benefit from those great quality denim and cotton pieces that you can dress up or down as you wish. But what about these classic summer trends then? Well, bearing Gap in mind, we’ve chosen to highlight a few key styles, taking inspiration from their own range…


Get the classic stars and stripes influence without going overboard – think casual but stylish baggy tees and vests, subtle designs, and all paired with the classic denim.

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Linen in is this year, and we’re not just talking shirts and pants. Hop on board the linen train with maxi dresses, blazers and the softest of soft shorts too – all perfect for a comfortable, stylish summer.


It’s seems like an obvious choice for warmer weather, but how many of us are actually brave enough to buy white items that we can wear every day? Not too many at a guess. Maybe this is the year to go with the flow and feel light and airy with a loose-fitting white garment.

There’s nothing boring about sticking to classic designs – when everyone else is throwing out their own wardrobe items because there’s not in keeping with current trends, you’ll have plenty of great quality pieces to fall back on, season after season. Whatever your budget, there’s bound to be great quality, great value items available, especially if you search for online savings before you buy your classic summer garments.

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5 Dresses You Need for Your End of the Summer Party

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A soft melon in an on-trend ombre will look both lovely and stylish at your summer soirée. Young, Fabulous & Broke Fortune Maxi Dress also has a great v-strap detail on the back to really turn heads! Now that’s how you make a statement in pastels!

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Wow them in stripes with a great find like Lemieux’s Striped Dress. With a halter neckline and back keyhole cut-out, this maxi dress is the perfect antidote to your end of summer blues. Featuring a cinched waist and mini slit, this dress is bound to flatter almost every body type.

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You can’t go wrong in a LWD (a little WHITE dress that is). French Connection Sunflower Dress has a great flared skirt and summery eyelet design perfect for the last few days of warm weather.

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Try out a great print to stand out from the crowd. Forever 21’s Abstract Watercolor Maxi Dress features bold patterns in soft colors perfect for day or night. Plus at less than $25, it’s practically a steal!

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Going to a beach party? You’ll want something light and breezy. Karen Kane Smocked Maxi Dress feels sophisticated in all black but the touch of black and white tie-dye at the hem adds a relaxed fun feel, great for warm summer nights!

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Fashion Advice: Dressing for the Big Day

5 Summer Wedding Trends for 2012

While classic weddings will never go out of style—which is why they’re called classic—this summer’s bride is making choices that break away from traditional trends. This summer, the bride and groom are masters of their domain! Here are 5 trends for 2012.

1. Non-Traditional Colors Today’s bride can choose pastel colors such as blush, blue, green and pink, to dramatic colors such as red or black and white. This summer’s color options are a full range of muted palettes to bold, tropical colors.

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Musings on Men’s Fashion – Sandals for the season

By Paul McGregor of Brighterman Mens Accessories

Sandals are key for tropical weather and it has done for centuries. With inspiration deriving from historical fashion such as roman gladiators, sandals have since a rise in popularity this SS11. Belgian designer Dries Van Noten said: “As far as I’m aware, sandals are not work attire for most businessmen. I do, however, notice that as casual wear becomes more and more prevalent on a day-to-day basis, younger men wearing sandals or flip-flops in the city is part and parcel of this new trend.”

What’s the best way to pull off sandals this season? Think tailored. Sandals look great with tailored looks, such as tailored chino shorts, linen blazers and smart slim fit shirts. Accessorise with man bags to really add that masculine touch to your looks. Now what style should you go for? A lot of designers have took inspiration from all kinds of sources, creating a large variety in styles. My view is this: The simpler the sandal, the better. Here are a couple of product picks of some of my favourite men’s sandals this season:

Hudson Brown Leather Pontius Sandals

Lanvin Suede Strap Sandals

But then there’s that dreaded combination I still seem to see a lot of: sandals and men’s socks. It really is a no-no, so why do
people still keep insisting it works? I’m a huge fan of paying attention to details and the showing off your socks on occasion but sandals and socks just clash like whoa.

So remember, go for a simplistic high quality sandal. It adds that casual feel to a smart tailored summer look. Enjoy!

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Musings on Men’s Fashion – Shorts for the Season

Summer is definitely the time for catching sun, sand and waves. Whether you’re walking along the shores of tropical destinations or just strolling along sunlit parks, you’ll surely notice what’s hot and what’s not decidedly not. So search your closets, raid your shopping malls and gear up for your summer getaways (or whatever summer gig you’re into).

Thank god: We live in an age where men are getting more in touch with their fashion sense, but what about guys who just have no idea about how to wear shorts? Here’s a primer:

Khaki Shorts

Khaki shorts are one of the must-haves this summer. Khaki shorts fit a little tighter than other types of shorts, but they are still loose enough to give that not-so-casual, not-so-formal look. Khaki shorts go well with a loose fit shirt or polo tee. Add on a pair of sockless loafers and you’re good to go. You can also go with white or beige canvas sneakers (or sandals, if you’re on the beach or just hanging out). If you want to lean more on the casual side, check out these cotton beach shorts from Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Chino Shorts

Loose and comfortable, cotton chino shorts are essential for the summer heat primarily because they are lighter than khaki shorts. Strut your stuff with Dolce & Gabbana, Banana Republic or Ralph Lauren chino shorts. Wear them with a short-sleeved polo tee for a semi-casual, semi-formal look. You can also wear chino shorts for a more formal summer outing, or for dinner dates in high-end restaurants by the beach. Just pair it with sockless loafers, deck, shoes or suede shoes.

Cargo Shorts

If you plan on walking, camping or hiking, you’ll need shorts with lots of pockets for all your essentials. Light, loose and comfortable, cargo shorts are a fine addition to your wardrobe. You can use comfy sneakers if you want to go walking along familiar paths. If you plan to go up the mountains for your summer holiday, you can use more durable hiking shoes with socks on for comfort. Just make sure to wear a comfy cotton top for all that action.


Comfortable shorts in which you can easily move are perfect for your usual workout or casual day out. Drawstring waists, pockets or no pockets, sweatshorts come in different styles. Check out Diesel or Moncler sweatshorts and choose your preferred designs. You can pair it up with sneakers (the not-so-bulky ones) without socks. You can also wear sweatshorts when you want to relax at home and spend the day playing console games or just plain being a couch potato.

Swim Trunks

If you plan on going to the beach, it goes without saying that swim trunks are a must-have. Plain white tees go great with plaid swim trunks or trunks with designs or patterns. Ralph Lauren swim trunks with an elastic waistband give you a great fit. Look for quick-drying swim trunks made of cotton and nylon. Flip-flops are the perfect match for your sandy retreat.

And while you may normally think summer is all about pastel, light and bright colors, but black is still a classic. Spring/Summer 2011 fashion trendsetters like Louis Vuitton and Burberry rigged their collections with the staple black. If you think the summer bug hasn’t bitten yet and you feel somewhat on the “emo” side, you can go for all black—black top, black shorts, black loafers or deck shoes. Sockless, of course.

Lastly, since summer is all about the heat, pay more attention to the material of your clothes. Steer clear of non-absorbent material. Remember to wear clothes made of light, comfy and breathable fabric to stay cool under the sun.

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