Summer is the season of weddings and other outdoor events, which means you get more opportunities than usual to step out in style and have fun. It also brings the added challenge of dressing for summer weather. If you've scored an invitation in the Chicago area, the hot, humid and occasionally stormy forecasts add an extra layer of difficulty to your outfit selection.
With daytime temperatures in Chicago frequently reaching the mid-80s and even 90s, opting for lightweight, breathable fabrics that won't leave you sweating and uncomfortable is essential. However, that doesn't mean you need to sacrifice style for comfort. In fact, there are a variety of stylish, easy-wear fabrics that are perfect for summer events in Chicago.
Cotton is a classic summer staple that is both lightweight and breathable. Cotton also has the added benefit of being practical – it's easy to care for and can be thrown in the wash after a long day of dancing the night away or sweating it out in the hot sun. Look for high-quality cotton pieces like a well-tailored cotton dress for women or a sharp cotton oxford button-down for men.
Linen has been a popular choice for summer clothing for centuries. Made from the fibers of the flax plant, linen has a natural look that's perfect for a casual outdoor wedding or event. It is also a sustainable fabric, as flax requires far less water and pesticides than other crops like cotton. Linen is known for its lightweight and airy texture, making it a perfect choice for hot weather. Light, airy linen tops come in classic white or bold colors and prints, so whatever your statement, there’s a top that fits your look. It's also practical, easy to wash and care for.
While linen may wrinkle more quickly than other fabrics, this can add to its charm and give it a relaxed, laid-back look, making a linen shirt a perfect piece for a guy to wear when stepping out in style on a summer evening.
Think about practicality and style when styling your summer wedding or event outfit. High heels might look great, but they're not ideal for walking on grass or uneven surfaces. Instead, you can opt for a comfortable yet chic pair of wedges or sandals that you can wear all day without discomfort. The Journee collection has a variety of step-ins that translate to style and comfort.
If you're attending a more formal summer event, you can stay cool and comfortable while looking sharp. Men can opt for lightweight year-round wool pants, which are breathable and less prone to wrinkles than other fabrics. Look for a coordinating sport coat or blazer with a slim, modern cut that flatters your body type.
Ultimately, the key to dressing for a summer wedding or event in Chicago — or anywhere that heat, humidity and summer showers are usually in the forecast — is to strike a balance between style and comfort. By choosing lightweight, easy-care fabrics and styling them in a way that's appropriate for the occasion, you can stay cool and comfortable while also looking chic and stylish.