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It’s wild to think that I’ve been a fashion editor for almost 6 years, yet here we are. The memories of my first internship still feel as vivid as if they happened just yesterday and with that all of the valuable fashion lessons I’ve learned along the way. Now, there’s really no right or wrong when it comes to dressing—I consider style a highly individual and creative thing—but I’ve definitely made a few sartorial mishaps that I wish I didn’t have to learn the hard way, especially on the topic of summer dressing.

From battling the heat to making smart wardrobe investments you won’t completely regret in the fall, the summer season brings a whole set of specific elements to consider. After going through an entire month of basically sweating through my shirts and dresses during my morning commute, I’ve put certain fabrics and colors on the backburner. In that same vein, all of my “cute but too painful to wear” sandals have been banished from my closet too.

Now, you can learn from my “mistakes”. Below, I’ve outlined all of my lessons learned as an editor when it comes to dressing optimally for the warm season ahead. Trust, it’s worth bookmarking for later. 

We talk a lot about capsule wardrobes and closet essentials as fashion editors, but really a solid outfit all boils down to what you’re wearing underneath. I’ve learned that the difference between a well-styled simple outfit and sloppy-looking one is a matter of investing in the right fitting bra and seamless underwear. You better believe my lingerie drawer has done a 180 since I started being an editor.

One thing is true once you’ve become an expert-level shopper: layering is a science. My perspective? It’s always better to have more layers than to not have enough—you can always take them off. During the summer I rely on breezy button-downs and sleeveless jackets just in case I’m confronted with aggressive air-conditioning. 

I’ve found nothing ruins an outfit more than an unexpected sweat stain, and when you’re commuting in the muggy New York City weather sweating is almost inevitable. As much as I enjoy lighter fabrics and the color gray, I’ve learned to avoid them if I plan on shuffling around in the summer heat. Instead, I like sticking with darker tones and fabrics where sweat has a hard time visibly seeping through.

Many a time have my evenings been ruined with the wrong choice of footwear, and as I grow older and take in all the experience of being in fashion, I realized it’s absolutely possible to find a happy medium between chic and comfy. Not wincing in pain or agonizing about blisters makes you feel that much more confident in your outfit.

I’m the first person to save a buck, but even I can’t ignore the power of real quality basics. It’s become even more apparent to me as I’ve routinely cleared out my closet: my designer basics have stayed with me for years, while my more fast-fashion pieces have come and gone.

Next up: I’m Basically a Professional Shopper—30 Shopbop Items I’m Obsessing Over Now

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