What To Wear When It’s Really Freaking Hot

What To Wear When It’s Really Freaking Hot
Carly Jacobs

The weather is really starting to scare me.

Last week I was rugged up in a down coat on the way to the gym in the morning and this week I’m wearing shorts and a singlet at 6am. What the hell is this?

It’s going to be a long, hot summer in Australia this year. I know this because they keep talking about it on the news. I’m not a huge summer lover but I admit I like it when I don’t have to put on four layers of merino every time I leave the house. The problem with Melbourne is that we go from almost sub-zero temperatures to 30 plus degree days with out even bypassing lovely 20 degree days. I have a whole collection of cardigans I never wear because if it’s hot in Melbourne you need to be naked and it it’s cold you need to be wrapped up like an Eskimo in a down coat. I’ve lived here for about 7 years and I don’t think I’ve experienced even one day of cardigan appropriate weather. It’s deeply unfair.

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Dress from Jacqui E – I’ve legit had this dress for about 8 years. It’s so comfortable and cool for summer, it’s also rad for travel because it doesn’t crinkle.

Shoes – made by me from a Wool and The Gang espadrille kit. 

Hat Akubra from Grand Hatter’s

Moss Stitch Bag made by me pattern available at Crochet Coach 

Sunglasses from Randolph Engineering

Coin necklace from Poppy Smaggle

Tips for getting dressed when it’s really hot…

1. Wear natural fibres 

A few years ago I stopped wearing polyester and acrylic and I’m never going back. Occasionally I’ll let a cotton/acrylic blend in but most of my summer clothes are cotton or linen. I can’t be dealing with that sweaty plastic bag feeling. It reminds me of when you microwave food with cling wrap on it and it makes this wet food sauna. Gross.

2. Wear your hair up 

My hair gets so flat and limp in hot weather, it’s extremely disappointing. I tend to pop it up in a messy pile on my head as my signature summer look or I just chop it all off and go short for summer. I spontaneous chopped it all off a few hours before this photo was taken and I have zero regrets about it.

3. Pack deodorant 

I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older but I’m finding my deodorant just doesn’t last the distance like it used to. I buy the little glass Nivea roll-on deodorant and keep it in my handbag for a top up if I get a bit whiffy in the afternoon. I’m far too young to become a smelly old lady. Gotta nip that shit in the bud.

4. Get your feet out 

I have a weird thing where I don’t really like my toes being on display (I know I’m totally weird) which means I spend most of the summer in ballet flats. On REALLY hot days though, I just can’t – I always get my sandals out. Toe cleavage be damned, get me into those sandals on those 30 plus days. I wore these on this stinking hot day because like the legend I am, I packed all my summer sandals for our move today. Helpful right?

5. Wear a damn hat

I’m a hat wearing lass from way back because I’m super paranoid about sun exposure but I’ve never been excited about a hat before this one. Mr Smaggle had been wanting an Akubra forever so last weekend we went to Grand Hatters for a look. We were technically there to get Mr Smaggle a hat but the shop assistant popped this one on my head and I just couldn’t leave it there. We decided our presents to each other this year was going to be these Akubras and they’ve already proved themselves to be amazing purchases. We’ve worn them non-stop. Mine is a ‘traveller’ style hat which means it can be rolled up and put in a suitcase. So ace. I was also born in Kempsey which is where Akubra’s are from so it was really just rude of me not to buy it.

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This outfit was worn for a day of client work, packing up our house (we’re moving in 2 weeks!) and a theatre date with some girlfriends to see The Last Five Years which is one of my favourite musicals. I hadn’t seen it live until last year and I’m so stoked someone is doing it again.

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What’s your favourite super hot day outfit? Any tips I should know about?

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  1. Louise 5 years ago

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who has a thing about having their toes out! Brisbane is becoming sticky and rainy most days now.

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      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      I’m so weird about it! Like obviously on really hot days, I do but yesterday I took the rubbish out in thongs and it felt SO WEIRD! I’m such a toe prude.

  2. Katy Hunt 5 years ago

    Def cotton, all,the way. I make my work clothes so that they can be cotton . I wear sleaves if going in the sun
    Minimal shoes and leather as my feet sweat

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      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      Yes! I’m all about the leather. A must for summer shoes, I get blisters from pleather.

  3. Kelly 5 years ago

    Super cool hat! Love it can be rolled up and packed – completely ace!!

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      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      I’m so in love with it – I’m going to do hair video for summer hat/hair survival too!

  4. Reannon 5 years ago

    YOU ARE LOOKING AMAZING!!!! Seriously, you look so healthy & toned & slim!!! And that hat is beautiful!
    Perth is like the pits of hell during Summer. I dread it all Spring & pretty much complain got 3 months even though I have AC & a pool. Such a whinger. If I’m at home I pretty much live in cossies & loose Bali dresses people have bought home for me. If I’m leaving the house it’s skirts or dresses. Loose, cotton & sits at the kneee. Thongs & sandals are a must!!

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      Carly Jacobs 5 years ago

      That’s lovely of you to say thank you. Even lovelier because I’ve working so hard at it! xx

  5. Dawn 5 years ago

    My wee toes are deformed, bad shoes in youth, so I keep them well hidden ?

  6. Dawn 5 years ago

    I have no idea where the question mark came from, lol

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