The Fashionable Fox: Style advice from a college girl

Photo courtesy of Laura Fox A soft cotton dress is comfortable and stylish when paired with fun summer accessories.

Photo courtesy of Laura Fox
A soft cotton dress is comfortable and stylish when paired with fun summer accessories.

Laura Fox, Editor-in-Chief

We’ve made it to April, fashionable Flyers!

There has been plenty of rain and random cold temperatures in the Chicagoland area lately, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning ahead in your wardrobe for warmer days.

I am a sucker for the springtime; I love everything about it. I prefer sunshine over a gloomy day, but who doesn’t?

Although the bright and toasty outdoors is a relief upon arrival, I also know plenty of people who are not big fans of a hot day.

I can’t blame you there. Temperatures over 80 degrees and rising humidity levels can be a total pain.

What I’ve learned throughout many warm springs and summers is that you shouldn’t have to forfeit comfort for fashion.

Sure, these next few months are super exciting for your closet–fun colors and patterns, flowy dresses, bright shorts and don’t forget about your collection of sandals.

Even though it’s a great time for fashion as the sun begins to show its face, that doesn’t mean all fashion is comfortable during this time of year; and if I’ve learned anything, it is that comfort is key.

You may look killer in a chiffon high-low hem dress with tall wedge sandals, but are you really prepared to teeter around all day when it is 90 degrees?

How about wearing that perfect new pair of black gladiator sandals because it’s finally spring, except it’s pouring rain?

Sacrificing style isn’t completely necessary as the summer months heat up, but there are steps you can take when shopping and putting together outfits that will keep you looking stylish without sacrificing what is truly important: your comfort.

With that being said, the man thing to consider when picking out clothes is the material.

Sheer floral tops and dresses are gorgeous and eye catching, but materials like cotton, chambray and linen are lightweight and don’t uncomfortably hug your skin.

Instead of silk, go for cotton sundresses and skirts, for they don’t cling as tightly and are easy to move in.

Swap a chiffon maxi dress for a soft, chambray shift dress. The material is lighter, and the style of the dress is less form-fitting.

Shorts and capris can also be uncomfortable pieces on a hot day. Instead of a denim pair, try on a variety of linen pairs. Flowy shorts bring the comfort and also allow your legs to appear longer.

A pair of khaki drawstring linen shorts matched with a striped tee and straw fedora is simple, but perfect for the warmer months.

A fun pair of espadrille shoes is a top trend this summer, but you may not want your feet fully covered. Slide sandals are easy to slip on and are comfortable for a day out and about.

If you are like me, what you wear is important, and getting dressed everyday is something to look forward to.

Don’t let the change in weather mean something dreadful for your closet. Shop around for pieces that you know you will feel comfortable, fashionable and confident in, from May until August.

Until next time, stay stylish!

Laura Fox is a senior double majoring in journalism and public relations/advertising, with a minor in social media. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Flyer. She has her own fashion blog, The Fashionable Fox, and is also Corey Crawford’s biggest fan. She dreams of someday working in community relations for the NHL.

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