Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Heat Wave

If you're as warm as we are here at Cheap Thrills, you might be struggling to find wardrobe ideas to ride out the heat wave. Today, my aim is to assist you in your search for summer style. Here are a few tips:

Stay in Linen.
Linen is a lightweight fabric with a very breathable consistency. Opt for flowing styles that don't cling to the body, and lighter tones. Great for a casual date night where one might be going to an indoor restaurant, then outside afterward. Another great fabric to stay cool with is a lightweight 100% cotton, denim. The denim shirt or short is a great vintage flashback trend that is great for hot summer days when you're tired of the T-shirt.

Skirt Around the Issue.
Ladies! You have the option not to wear trousers! Try a lightweight skirt that flows in an outward motion to stay cool.

Play Dress Up.
70's length maxi dresses are really popular right now, pick your favorite style and try accessorizing with big chunky wooden bangles, and a pair of flat sandals to stay comfortably stylish.

Avoid Pits of Despair
If you're at an outdoor summer social function outside, chances are you'll see a lot of, um, pit stains. Yikes! Gross! That's right, I said it. Ew.
If appropriate, opt for a top that breathes easily, hangs looser around the body, and if you can, is sleeveless! If you're heading to a wedding that requires the shoulders to be covered while inside, just wear a light jacket or cardigan, then when the outdoor reception starts, party on(without it).
If you tend to sweat on your lower half, try this trick: It seems like the opposite of what you've probably heard, but a darker color with a print in a flowing fabric will hide some of those embarrassing sweat marks.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Beat the Heat-Summer Style Photos by David Spence

Whew, its hot outside! Check out these fun summery shots, taken by Tulsa photographer David Spence.

The T-Shirt is a great, casual way to beat the heat in the summer, and what's better than a fun, authentic vintage T? We have tons of different T's at Cheap Thrills, including this one. You can pair a simple t-shirt with many different combinations such as a very hot item this summer, the jean short, or even tuck your shirt in to a high-waisted skirt, belt it and you have another great summer combination.

When its just too hot to go outside, stay cool inside with a good book. When the air conditioner gets too cold, throw on a cute vintage sweater like this one. You can wear just the sweater, or leave the sweater unbuttoned over your vintage T. There are so many fun options to mix and match with cardigans, and since I tend to get a little chilly inside during the summer, I usually pack one in my bag just in case.

David Spence is a local photographer(in Tulsa) and when I sat down with him to talk about his art, he mentioned that the 1950's was one of his favorite era's from fashion. When working with models, he said one of the best ways to make anyone feel more comfortable and look more natural under the camera lens during a shoot was to simply make them laugh. He said he finds that when someone is laughing they relax and aren't trying too hard to pose specifically and don't feel as self-concious. David likes to develop his own creative ideas and strives to take photographs with settings that are originally designed. One of his favorite menswear designers is Armani. David does fashion, event, and art-driven photography and his website can be found at