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Damsel in (heatwave) distress

Wednesday, 4th July, 2018 4:09pm

I hate to make this all about the weather again, but let’s face it, we are having some pretty spectacular weather which I feel deserves acknowledgement, even if it comes in the form of me having an ever so mild gripe about it.

For all the non-sun worshippers amongst us, it's all proven a bit too much and one friend of mine has even threatened to perform a rain dance if it goes on for much longer, due to the level of sweating and inner leg chafing that she’s having to endure.

I’ve suggested loose, light fabrics and a good dose of chub rub to keep the chafe at bay.

There’s no denying the weather is amazing and I’d be quite happy for it to continue for the rest of the summer, but one thing is for sure, and that is that it is really quite hard to dress for work or for a formal occasion when the tar is melting on the roads and you’ve got an upper lip sweat moustache going on at all times.

I’m more than able to deal with this sort of thing when I’m abroad and all I have to worry about is making my way from the pool to the bar, but it’s quite another when I have to meet clients and go to events which require a bit of glam.

Last week, I had two events to go to which were the launch of the Bellevue Spa in The Montenotte Hotel (see left)and a friend’s wedding in Kenmare, so I really had to get my thinking cap on and pick some looks that would keep me cool, but also look stylish.

This proves difficult when you step out of the shower and you immediately begin to sweat and also when any shoe, bar a flip flop, cuts into your heat-swollen feet which now resemble pigs trotters.

If, like me, you have a lions mane of thick hair, then you know the utter hell that is a sweaty neck so the only option is a topknot which lends itself well to a statement earring. This is handy as an earring is about all I can manage accessories-wise in the heat as watches, necklaces and rings all feel too unbearably tight and irritating.

For an evening event, a sundress can look dressed up with the right accessories and a colourful print ensures you stand out for all the right reasons. The event in The Montenotte was a very glam affair and standing out on the terrace overlooking Cork city you could have mistaken it for a chic rooftop bar in Barcelona.

Print dresses seemed to be the order of the day with florals, stripes and polka dots being the most popular. I wore a yellow floral dress I picked up in Debenhams last year, but I was also having serious envy for the pink polka dot Topshop number that blogger Rosie Connolly was wearing on the night.

Fabric choices are key in getting your outfit right and while I do love to wear a dress, sometimes a chic co-ord in linen or light cotton can keep you looking and feeling fresh.

I’m all for a zesty coloured suit with cigarette leg trousers as an alternative wedding guest look and it’s definitely something I’m on the lookout for, as someone who will be a wedding guest for a wedding I’ve got coming up in August. Just add a block heel and a silky camisole and once the meal is over, you can ease the trotters into a pair of flat shoes to dance the night away in.

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