Hello, lovelies! After our July 4 holiday weekend here in the USA, the rest of my work week has been busy, busy, busy! So, this post will cover Month 14 of my locs and 3 days of summer goth fashion. Now that we’re in July and summer will be with us for a while, I’ll share a few ways on how I keep cool and stay goth in hot weather.
One thing that helps me stay cool is a parasol. I didn’t think it would make much difference, but boy was I wrong. Some goths carry a parasol to keep their skin light, while others carry one to keep the sun rays from beating down on them (which also prevents tanning of the skin – duh). The latter reason is why I carry one, providing shade with every step. I recommend getting one in black (of course!), since black absorbs more UV rays, and also one that doubles as an umbrella. The open-lace parasols are pretty, but they’re not that functional. If it decides to rain on a hot day, you’ll be covered on both ends.
I also suggest keeping a hand fan in your bag. That way you’ll always have something to cool yourself off with. A fan is also great during in-between weather, where sometimes it’s cool and then the next day it’s blazing hot. Weather in the DMV area can be a bit “schizophrenic”.
Here’s what I wore on Tuesday. I do wear cotton leggings in the summer and I’m still quite comfortable. For some reason, my legs don’t get too hot, but my upper body does! You’ll notice that I’ve kept my neck free of chokers and heavy jewelry. The parasol, hand fan, and all of my clothes were purchased on Ebay and Amazon, unless otherwise noted.
This is Wednesday’s outfit. Open-weave, lightweight shirts are the way to go in the heat, such as the lace shirt that I wore (with camisole underneath). However, not all lace garments are created equal – some lace shirts can be a bit heavy. Heavy anything (makeup, jewelry, clothing) + hot weather = baked and sweaty. My skirt is also very lightweight and while it’s great for summer, it is NOT wind-friendly. I am no Marilyn Monroe and no one wants to see my underwear.
Here is Thursday’s outfit: HOLES! This outfit looks hotter than it is. The shirt has a sheer back, open shoulders, and the sleeves are rolled up. The leggings are made of nylon, which is hotter than cotton. However, the rips in these leggings provide air circulation, making them good for summer.
And before you leave, here’s a look at my loc progression:
I hope this long post makes up for the shorter ones that I’ve posted lately. I don’t show as much skin as I used to, so my summer attire may still be too warm for you. My suggestions were just that – suggestions. Do what’s best for you. If you like to show some skin, go for it! Showing more skin will definitely be cooler than what I choose to wear.
How do you stay gothic and cool in hot weather? Please share in the comments.
Love & Shimmies,