Staying fashionable during the colder seasons is a piece of cake when you have a myriad of options to choose from. From elegant trench coats to knee-high boots, putting together a stylish outfit is an easy feat during fall or winter. When it comes to the summer season, though, wearing something fashionable yet keep you cool is no easy feat.
Take a country like Singapore, for instance. Singapore’s sunny weather makes this Lion City a tropical paradise if you are a summer-loving gal who loves to bask under the sun. However, your style options when living in this city can be limited due to the country’s tropical weather. Beyond the standard t-shirt and jeans combination, putting together stylish outfits that will still keep you cool can be a tricky task.
Your 5 Summer Style Alternatives
Fortunately, there are various outfit alternatives for you to choose from if you are not feeling the t-shirt and jeans combination. Here are five options that will keep you effortlessly stylish all summer long:
Maxi dresses come in different variations. There are entirely figure-hugging ones where the bottom tapers into a tight, pencil skirt, while others flare into a flowy shape towards the bottom. For Singapore’s tropical weather, the latter would be the better option as it will help you stay cool despite being covered from head to toe. Plus, a long, flowy maxi dress is one of the easiest ways for you to achieve a stylish yet effortless outfit, especially on days when you just cannot be bothered with mixing and matching different pieces of garments together. In addition, maxi dresses can be worn for any sort of occasion. Have a fancy night out planned with your significant other? Opt for a maxi dress with a dainty floral print, or go with a dress in a solid block of colour and accessorise it with a bold-coloured belt around the waist. For a more sultry look, a maxi dress with a side slit up to your thighs is the way to go. If you are having a casual day out, a beach-style maxi dress will complement Singapore’s sunny weather nicely. Top it off with a wide-brimmed, floppy hat and you will be looking like one stylish cat.
If you love the flowy look of a maxi dress but are not keen on wearing something too long, then make a smock dress your go-to. Sometimes called baby doll dresses, smock dresses tend to be shorter in length (usually above the knee) but they still maintain that loose shape to keep you cool in sunny Singapore. They are particularly great for days when you want to wear an uber-casual outfit besides the typical Singaporean t-shirts and shorts combination. For instance, you can go for a short-sleeved smock dress for a day at the beach — just throw it over your swimwear after a swim and you will instantly look effortlessly stylish. If you want to wear a smock dress for a daytime party or gathering, opt for one with long, wide sleeves, and complete your outfit with a pair of platform shoes.
Donning outerwear in Singapore, where the weather is mostly sunny all year round, can be tricky. Put on something too thick and you will definitely be feeling the heat while you are outdoors. But, not having an outerwear handy will leave you chilling to the bone when you are indoors in air-conditioned bliss. Fortunately, not all outerwears are designed to be worn in the colder seasons. For a place like tropical Singapore, you can opt for lightweight outerwear that will leave you feeling neither too cold or too warm in our sunny weather. If you want to jazz up a casual t-shirt and jeans outfit, throw on a kimono-style outerwear. Its flowy shape and wide sleeves will keep your outfit looking interesting without making you boil under those layers. You can even double your buttoned-down shirts as an outerwear if you have no lightweight outers in your wardrobe. Simply wear your shirts open and layer them over your top, and voila! You have an instant outerwear at the ready.
Unsurprisingly, culottes have stayed a style trend for the past few years and they don’t seem to be going away anytime soon (not that we mind!). With a loose cut that falls a few inches below the knee, culottes make great options for a sunny island like our little red dot. Furthermore, they are versatile enough to be worn for either a formal or casual setting, making them perfect for a date. Wear your culottes with a shirt and cinch the outfit with a belt, then put on a pair of heels or pointed flats and you have a perfect outfit for the office. If you want to bring your outfit from day to night, switch out the heels with a pair of sneakers and you are all ready for a night out with your pals. For a weekend daytime look, put on a striped top with a pair of plain culottes and a pair of flats or sneakers and you have a French-inspired outfit down. For a more vibrant look, go for a pair of culottes with a bold print or create a colour-blocking outfit.
Palazzo pants are basically the full-length version of culottes, although the former tend to have a more flowy cut, which makes them great to wear in our sunny weather despite their long length. Although Palazzo pants are sometimes known as wide-leg pants, the former usually flares out to a larger extent, while the latter can be designed in a more structured cut. This makes palazzo pants a more casual option for weekend outings — simply pair it with a t-shirt and you will look effortlessly stylish.