We have officially reached that point of the summer where the heat is undeniable and the cold smacks you right in the boobs when you walk inside.
These are known as headlights.
So how do we dress the part for such extreme environments without bringing industrial packs of bandaids into the mix?!
Guys, believe it or not, there is such a thing as a summer sweater.
Navigating our way to the proper summer sweater material can be risky.
Going with a lighter more chunky transparent material is always a safe bet.
You want the sweater to be able to breathe, because if it can’t breathe then neither can you, and you will die.
…which brings me to the Ass Sweat of ‘97.
In 1997 I was in sixth grade and really getting tired of being a natural damn disaster.
I spent HOURS straightening my hair with a REAL IRON only for the five seconds I had to walk from the carline into school for the humidity to RUIN MY ENTIRE LIFE. I seriously didn’t figure out I had curly hair until I was in high school. And all I had to do was look at this picture.
I had just gotten contacts the year before and felt confident the minute I placed them on my eyeballs and threw my glasses away all my awkwardness would wash away. You know like in the movies?! Bless my damn soul, it would take so many hair tools and products before I finally figured it out. It would also take adult braces to really bring it all full circle. That’s what I’m gonna name my book, Adult Braces and Botox.
ANYWAY! I had this sweater I purchased in my back to school wardrobe for 6th grade. I had found it on the clearance rack at this boutique my mom shopped at. Now looking back I realize it was on super sale because it was 100% wool and 1,000% all the itchy shit everybody hates. BUT! It was a mock turtle neck and slim fitting and my training bra had just enough padding in it to confirm I was as flat as a two-by-four. Along with my teeth I would also fix that later in life. Both worth every penny.
MOVING ON! I was dead set on wearing this damn sweater like the second week back to school, which was September and triple digit weather. My mom tried to warn me I would sweat to death and be so uncomfortable but I assured her, it was very cold in the school and I was capable of making my own wardrobe decisions since I recently had become an adult and was putting contacts in on a daily basis. I GOT THIS DONNA!
Not only did I itch all day, but on the way home-ON THE BUS-I almost passed the hell out. My back was sweating so bad it was dripping down my skinny little spine to my non-existent butt, HENCE, the ass sweat of ‘97. My peers were becoming noticeably concerned at my sweat level and were asking if I was ok! I refused to let it embarrass me and I just shrugged it off as I was fine.
It was honestly just like this scene from Bridesmaid’s where she’s trying to play off being sick in the bridal store.
For instance when a concerned older friend asked if I was ok on the bus -while I looked near death- I’m pretty sure I said I was fine and wondered if they had a blanket I could borrow because I was cold.
Our first sweater that doesn’t lead to death is a bit opaque because of the open-knit texture.
Layering a thin cami or built-in bra top will be just fine to combat the peeping toms. I have a longer nude sports bra layered with mine as seen above, because I like to live a little dangerously.
The fit of the sweater is more of an oversized baggy cut and it also comes in a pretty salmon color! I went with a size small but I wish I had gone with a medium so it hit a little lower on my waist.
I styled the whole lewk, very easy breezy summer vibe with a pair of bell bottom jeans and cowgirl boots.
Our sweater vibe here is a little more varsity style with the stripes.
It has open braided detail on the sides and through the front and back.
I like this longer length for an option to pair with shorts and funky Gucci sneaks.
I have the sweater lightly tucked in, in the front.
You can see it draping down over my behind in the back! It hangs down past my shorts which gives me a little extra insurance that I’m not putting too much on display back there.
I’ve linked a similar one below that actually might be even better than the one I’m wearing because it’s sheer!
Now to discuss the infamous rainbow sweater you may have seen me DEVOURING food in at the Sno Cap!
The Sno Cap is a drive-up diner in North Augusta that is slinging some delicious coke floats and smiley face fries.
When I was walking my photographer, Laura Fulmer, through the lewks I was shooting on this day when we got to this sweater she was like, “I HAVE THE PERFECT SPOT!”
I am all for eating during a shoot.
Laura was like, “We’ll buy some fries for a prop!” And I was like, “HOW ABOUT I BUY THEM AND EAT THEM ALL!”
Initially, when I purchased this sweater I thought to myself these colors make me happy! I will love wearing it or even seeing it in my closet, because it’ll instantly put me in a good mood! I purchased a small and the material is so soft and lightweight!
Here are a few more bright sweaters I love and linked for ya!
Besides the delicious food at the Sno Cap, there is a bright and beautiful hand painted mural by April Henry King.
She is incredibly talented and truly changing businesses by giving them an “Instgramable” wall. Everyone wants to take a pretty picture for social media these days and she delivers that piece of beauty right to ya!
You’ve got to read more about her art-on-the-go on her Instagram profile below!
So now that we’ve survived my awkward ass sweat of ‘97 incident, let’s enjoy some smiley fries!
Grab a summer sweater with me and let’s try not to die…because being you ROX!
Until next time