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Beat The Heat Fashion: Look Hot, Stay Cool!

07/06/2011

With the temperatures rising outside, finding fashionable ways to beat the heat can be tough! Style expert and author, Amy Tara Koch, stopped by to show us how to look hot, while staying cool.

Koch says: During the sweltering hot summer months, it's all about the cool, crisp look that I call ISLAND FAB. Translation? White, light, billowy maxi dresses, bold prints, gold accents and big sunglasses. Style is about flattering fit and a compelling combination of accent pieces  not about spending a load of money on designer duds. So, remember to layer your outfit with interesting accessories. The best fabric choices are cotton, linen, silk and lightweight knots as these choices breathe and won't stick to the body like a wool or synthetic. Add pops of color to basics with scarves, bags and jewelry. Plus, remember that open toed shoes like sandals and wedges will keep feet the coolest!

Amy's Rules (NOT) To Sweat By:
1. Keep it light
2. Try for white (No LBD& go for the LWD!)
3. Keep it loose
4. Rock an open toe
5. Make your own shade

The Look: Style to the Maxi!
"Fashion meets function with a billowy empire waist maxi dress paired with a dramatic sunhat and bold jewelry. A must have for every woman!"

-Strapless maxi dress designed by Amy Tara Koch with fabric from Fishman's Fabrics (approx. $70), www.fishmansfabrics.com

-Coolibar Shapeable Poolside Sun Hat with SPF ($44), www.coolibar.com

-Bongo Blue Sunglasses ($12), www.kmart.com

-H&M Gold Hoops ($8), www.hm.com

-H&M Red Ring ($8), www.hm.com

-Calypso Straw Tote ($24.99), www.target.com

-Kenneth J. Lane Coin Bracelet ($75), www.bloomingdales.com

-Dr. Scholl's Wood Original sandals ($49), www.piperlime.com

The Look: White Out!
"Comfortable and super stylish, an easy, lightweight LWD is layered with eye catching accessories."

-Coolibar Shapeable Poolside Sun Hat with SPF ($44), www.coolibar.com

-Boden Sunglasses ($51), www.bodenusa.com

-Wilt Angle Tank Dress ($121), www.shopbop.com

-Calypso scarf ($14.99), www.target.com

-Vintage Macramé Bag from Randolph St. Flea Market ($10)

-Lia Sophia Necklace ($50), www.liasophia.com

-Old Navy Cocktail Ring ($5), www.oldnavy.com

-Kara Ross Earrings ($150), www.karaross.com

-TOMS Calypso Canvas Women's Wedges ($69), www.nordstrom.com

The Look: Island Girl In The City
"BOHO meets the beach with a wild print tunic paired with crisp white jeans and a 70's style sequin hobo."

-Zingara Print Tunic ($119), www.zingaraswimwear.com

-Gap 1969 lightweight always skinny jeans ($59.50), www.gap.com

-Sir Alistair Rai Hobo Bag ($75), www.siralistairrai.com

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