HOT Summer Vacation Style

As a total sweaty Betty, I always have to dress rather strategically in sweltering conditions to disguise the party that my sweat glands inevitably throw (even when I’m not exerting myself in the least).    Mr. L3 and I will be headed to Italy next month which may sound grand and glamorous, but the temps will be well into the 90s F/30s C and I’m going to MELT which is not so grand and glamorous.  Even though the trip is still a ways off, I’ve been fussing over what to pack.

I’ve decided that linen and 100% cotton are my two best friends for this trip, and I’ve been scouring my closet to see what items I have that fall into these two categories. I’ve had this Banana Republic lightweight 100% cotton top, dress (OK fine! I admit it’s actually supposed to be a bathing suit cover-up) for years. I love the print,  color and ruffley sleeves.

I’ve only ever worn this piece as a tunic with jeans like so:

Needless to say, I will not be taking ANY jeans on this trip, but I desperately need to be able to use all of my hot-weather friendly pieces. The light bulb went on in my noggin and I thought “Hey! I wonder if this Topdressswimsuitcoverup will look good with any of my skirts”?

So I promptly tried this:

The white Ann Taylor skirt is 100% linen – Yay!

The lining of the skirt is 100% poly – Boo!

I wonder if it’s feasible to take out the poly lining and replace it with something more breathable and hot weather friendly. Different story for a different day.

I think this look works with the Madewell belt, a couple of gold necklaces and my new Paul Green walking sandals to pull it all together.

While I was at it, I also tried the top with my blue ASOS midi skirt because you all know how obsessed I am with orange and blue together.  I think this works too!


I’m really happy that I’ve learned over the years 1) to look past what an item is originally intended for (in this case swimsuit coverup) and just make it work for my purposes; and 2) to play dress-up.  Creating these looks inspired me to keep trying different outfit combos even if I think they won’t work.  Who knows what else I might put together!

Your turn…

Do you pay close attention to what fabric items are made out of for your summer dressing?  What are you summer go-tos when it’s sweltering?

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  • Reply Lydia June 26, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Come on! You're a CA girl, you know the answer to this question. 😉 he he I would never have guessed that was a bathing suit cover up. I love that top/cover-up. Love the midi skirts too. 100% cotton tank tops are always the best. I hope you have an amazing time in Italy! Can't wait to see the pics.

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures June 27, 2015 at 6:39 am

      I know I know. But in CA, we rarely get into the 90s and it's not humid so I don't remember being super miserable. Hot AND humid is a whole other beast.

  • Reply The Tall Mama June 27, 2015 at 6:20 am

    I love that you saw greater potential for that cover up (who could possibly wear that as a dress??!). It looks awesome in all your outfits!

    You can absolutely take out the sweaty polyester lining in your skirt and replace it with a lightweight woven cotton. It's not hard to do! It will also make it static free if you are wearing the skirt with pantyhose, bonus!

    And finally, I am a fabric snob and pay attention to fabric for all seasons! It's a pet peeve of mine how some retailers/labels charge a premium price for garments made out of acrylic, viscose or other cheap fabric!!

    Enjoy Italy & think cool thoughts 🙂

    X Allison

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures June 27, 2015 at 6:43 am

      I guess someone a foot shorter than me could possibly wear it as a dress? Since it's technically meant to be a cover-up dress, maybe it makes sense that it's so short since it's meant to be worn around the pool or at the beach.

      Anyways, thanks so much for the tip on switching out the skirt liner. I was hoping one of my sewing readers would chime in.

      I'm becoming more and more of a fabric snob myself. I totally agree that it's annoying when retailers charge a bundle for cheap fabrics but if they disguise it with a cute print or style, maybe most people don't notice the low quality fabric until it's too late?

  • Reply Fevie June 28, 2015 at 2:01 am

    The coverup is a fantastic top. I love sleeves that a ruffled or bell like that as it is so feminine. Of course it looks great with white skirt but I think it is fabulous/outstanding with the blue midi. I'm no sure I would've made the pairing. I love how you think outside the box with your fashion style. It's inspiring me to start doing the same.

  • Reply June 28, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Love how you just created 3 outfits there! 🙂 After just returning from holiday, I realized I have been wearing mainly 3 outfits, rotating throughout the days hoping no one would notice, as these were really my go to items; light fabrics, nothing too tight. Combining one favorite item with various others items like you did here is a great idea! Well noted for the next holiday! 🙂

  • Reply Tall girl July 5, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I love the top with the blue skirt — the colours pop so prettily! When I'm going somewhere hot I always pay attention to fabric content, as I don't want to be sticky and smelly. If you are going near a beach, remember that you don't need to bring half the amount of clothes that you think you need — your will be in your swimsuit and shorts/singlet for most of the time, and a breezy dress or skirt the rest. I always bring a ton of options when going on holiday, but then my hot skin and the 30 degrees at midnight put me off wearing anything clingy/thick/long/complicated. Also, they have beautiful linen and cotton tops and skirts in Italy, and any excuse for a bit of shopping, right?!?… PS: Often sales aren't promoted in Italian shops, so ask when you enter, and they might tell you everything is 20 % off!

    Anett | Tall Girl's Fashion

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