Ugh! This is the first word, nay sound, that comes to mind when describing Hong Kong summer temps. The sweltering sun, the ever-climbing humidity, and the frequent downpours are enough to make anyone religiously stalk the Cathay website for fanfares elsewhere. What if I told you that you didn’t have to escape to feel comfy this summer? With a few simple styling solutions you can be cucumber cool on the hottest of HK days! Let’s take a look at how to stylishly beat the heat for this summer and beyond (because we all know that the heat doesn’t end come September!).
DRESS FOR SUCCESS
The go-to option for torrid temperatures is the easy breezy dress. This mint striped Tibi option boasts cute cutouts on the sides to offer air con to your midriff. Keep the accessories in a barely there shade of nude with this Asos bag and fab Chanel flat (I have been coveting these puppies forever!). Top it off with a hat to hide a somewhat sweaty mop and offer a bit of much needed shade. Meanwhile, shades of bashful blush top your paws and pout alike, thanks to Dior and Bare Minerals respectively. Once you have added a slew of sleek gold rings, take a slow stroll to the flower market and scoop up some fresh summer blooms to fancy up your flat.
SHORT, SWEET AND TO THE POINT
For the global nomad, take this sunny orange look out for a spin. Pleated shorts from Monki offer an aerated stride while the billowy blouse a la Marni will keep you cool. Sweep your hair into a messy topknot and finish with a thin headband for a chic topper. Down below, these Valentino gryphon sandals are lust worthy while this arm party from Tory Burch, Michael Kors and Daniel Wellington offers more affordable luxury. Snatch up anoversized leopard clutch to stash your glam cam and travel finds in. Time to hit the town in style!
THERE’S ONLY ONSIE WAY ABOUT IT
When it’s time for a steamy night out on the town, reach for this cobalt romper from Shopbop. If you have been hard at work on those gams, then this is the perfect piece to debut your results! Lengthen the look even further by donning a pair of nude heels. May we recommend painting your tootsies with a very Sassy shade of pink?! As for the face, grab your Facetools brushes for flawless make up application. The brand was founded and recently launched here in Hong Kong by Sassy fave make up artist Natasha Sajnani! Once you are ready to face the crowd, stow your straw bag under your arm and off you go.
CUT IT OUT
Monki Hope Sunglasses $105, Zara Crop Top by Annie Greenabelle $185, Jennifer Behr Silk Jersey Turban Headband – Black $1,535, Rebecca Taylor Enchanted Garden Pant $2,285, YVES SAINT LAURENT Rouge Pur Couture Pure Color Lipstick $270, ModCloth Boho Sassy Hour Necklace $140, Suede Zara Shoes, Winking Eye Clutch $295
You now have a multitude of ways to add some sizzle to your summer style without melting down. A cut out here, a pleat there and some billowing fabric… and you’re ready to take on the season. Add in a fan, a pretty parasol, and a handkerchief for those moments when you glisten more than one should and your summer survival wardrobe is complete. Now you can turn that ‘ugh’ into ‘ugh-mazing’!