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Late-Summer Fashion/Beauty Check-Up

Kristen Berry

How did it get to be mid-August already???

Even though the kids are heading back to school (thanks for the extra traffic, kiddies), and the one-pound September issues are starting to hit store shelves, we still have several weeks of summer left. And the last weeks are often the hottest yet.

That’s why now is the perfect time for a quick fashion and beauty check-up. Lucky for you, we’ve developed a quick list to diagnose the most common symptoms that tend to arrive during these dog days of summer.


Stuck in a Clothing Rut? -- No, I’m not suggesting that you ought to buy additional summer wear for the last weeks of the season. Now is just a good time to take stock of what you’ve been putting on lately. Has that striped maxi dress that you bought for the beach become a regular (and overly-casual) staple of your work wardrobe?

Reconsider the pieces that you haven’t worn lately, and think about working them into the rotation. For instance, is there a summery dress/skirt/shoe that you’ve been waiting for the perfect occasion to wear? Stop waiting and wear it already! Also, if there’s a warm-weather item you haven’t worn yet and likely won’t, consider taking it to a consignment shop or donating it to Goodwill. It’s never too early to start making room for shiny new autumn attire.

Show Your Shoes a Little TLC -- Those well-loved sandals you’ve been rocking all season? When is the last time you stopped the check whether the little nubs at the bottom of the heel haven’t worn down to the nailhead? Or that the little straps across your toes aren’t starting to give way?

Take a minute to give them a once-over. And if they’re in need of a little love in return, rush them to your trusty cobbler. Don’t let this happen to you:


Keep Warm -- Sure, it may be pushing 90 outside. But your office, if it’s like most offices, probably feels a bit more like the inside of a Frigidaire. If you think that your company-issued hoodie/fleece doesn’t quite go with your outfits (wait, is that just a Silicon Valley thing?), consider purchasing a versatile sweater and/or blazer or two to keep your shoulders toasty during office hours. Bonus? You can easily work these items out of the office too once things turn crisp in the fall.


Does Your Makeup Match Your Summer Skin? -- Whether you’ve spent a fair amount of time in the sun, or have hit your ideal self-tanner shade, there’s a good chance your skin color is a bit different now than it will be come February. How to tell if your makeup is still the right shade? Head out into natural light with a compact (or a friend you trust). Are your face and neck two different colors? If so, try the next shade up. If it’s available at Sephora, feel free to stop in first for a free sample of a darker version. Just note that your ideal color might also be a blend of the two shades.

The two of us and a bunch of friends at brunch, being the United Colors of Benetton as usual

The two of us and a bunch of friends at brunch, being the United Colors of Benetton as usual

Has Your SPF Expired? -- Yup, this is a thing. Just ask the Mayo Clinic. Not all sunscreens have an expiration date, but if the bottle you are reaching for is more than three years old, chuck it and buy a new one.

Do a Quick Tip-to-Toe Scan -- Summer can wreak havoc on your body in a myriad of ways. Is your hair dry, or are the ends split? Is your skin dehydrated? Feet in need of a spa day? Take care of it now, before the damage gets too far gone.

Enjoy the rest of summer while it’s still here! And if there’s something left on your warm weather to-do list, put a plan in place and make it happen.

- Kristen + MK