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  • Writer's picturePamela Tucker


The dog days of summer arrived in New York City last week. The heat and humidity were a jolt because the weather in June was comfortable. August is the month I've considered the most oppressive. But based on these recent days, July is ranking with August as uncomfortably humid! When there is a shift in weather, a change in my clothing choices quickly follows.

With a life style of lots of walking and also traveling in the subway, being dressed to"beat the heat"is top of mind. Cotton and linen clothes, especially lightweight tops have been my go to choices in the past and these clothes are once again in the front of my closet. Drilling down further, pima cotton and linen are my favorite fabrics. I don't have a firm grasp regarding the differences between fabrics that are described as organic with those that are not. I wear both.

Minimalistic is my approach to clothes and in the summer, I keep it super simple by wearing "nice" t-shirts and basic pants. Some of my go to favorite brands for these summer clothes are: Vince (love the pima cotton t- shirts), Anthony Thomas Melillo (great cotton slub t-shirts) and Velvet by Graham and Spencer, (super soft linen button up long sleeve blouses.) As for bottoms, for me, pants are more comfortable than skirts. Alternating among a half dozen pair of the Theory brand's Treeca pull on pant in good linen, I've embraced the wrinkled look. These pants are the best for this sultry weather!

Since the majority of my summer "uniform" is full of basics, I like to go in-store shopping for a few items that could add some interest to outfits. Last week while in Bloomingdale's I came across a terrific top that adds texture and interest to almost any outfit. The item, by James Perse is a black semi sheer boxy fit linen polo with long sleeves. It is light weight. It looks great over a sleeveless top or tank top and works well with any sort of bottom and even looks terrific with a plain dress. I've already worn a few times and love it!

Check out the linen top. It is the James Perse "Soleil Linen Polo" It is also available in natural and white.

Just a few favorite brands are noted in this post. What are your go to clothes for dressing for the heat and humidity?



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