The mercury soars as the summer Gods turn a deaf ear to our pleas for some respite from the sweltering heat. As it becomes a daily struggle to get battle ready and face the unholy trinity of summers: heat, tanning, sweating, it does not have to make a dent of your style quotient. You don’t have to be high maintenance to pull of these quick effortless styles. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you add a dash of quirk to your style this season.
• Boyfriend Jeans: Summers are a death sentence to denims but it doesn’t always have to be that way. It’s time to bid adieu to your tight skinnies and favourite jeggings during the day and swap them for the much more easy to wear boyfriend jeans. They can be ripped, stone washed or acid washed, to add a touch of quirk to the otherwise boring article of clothing. Team it up with a no-fail tee (preferably your favourite band to add a hint of grunge) and Converses. Put your hair up in a bun and match with a pair of Lennon glasses and you’re ready for battle.
• Satchels: Give your uptown, classy Louis Vuitton a day off in the closet. Pick up your favourite satchel or sling bag, throw in a lipstick, your phone and your wallet and voila! You’re good to go. Oh, and if you’re looking to raise eyebrows, do check out some of the pieces at Chumbak. They will seriously up your quirk quotient. • Shades: Nothing says sass like a pair of quirky shades in the summer. Take your pick on your favourites or go Carrie Bradshaw on them and pick up one in each style! Wayfarers, aviators and round rimmed Lennon mercury frames that have been all the rage this season. Team it up with your favourite outfit and step out like the world’s your runway. A few quirky ones can be found on ShopNineteen and Limeroad.com.
• Lipstick: Ladies, I cannot stress this enough. LIPSTICK IS YOUR BEST FRIEND! On days where you feel like your makeup is going to melt due to the heat wave outside, swipe on a bold lipstick and be battle ready, warrior princess. Swap in your pastels for bolder matte colours. Thou shalt never be disappointed by ye MAC Retro Mattes. Opt for bright purples and neon pinks. Even shades of red or coral if you feel edgier. A relatively cheaper, therapeutic bet for your lips is the Revlon Matte Balm Collection. Priced at 800 bucks a pop, Sultry is a great everyday colour from the range but nothing works the quirk quite the way Shameless does.
• Accessories: A funky watch, a cool bag, a couple of bracelets with quirky charms; these are some of the pieces that will never let you down. Even if you feel like poking Satan’s eyeballs out with his pitch-fork, the cuteness of quirky accessories will be enough to calm your manic self down while out for street shopping in the afternoon. If the heat is, indeed, making you melt, opt for colourful, soft, cotton scarves or stoles. For not more 250 bucks apiece, they can really lift up your style quotient and liven up your tank top and boyfriend jeans combination. So sit back, girlfriend. Sip on a mojito, open your favourite online shopping site and hoard away this summer. This will be an investment you shall never regret.