I’ve used mens Hanes White Cotton T-shirts for years during the summer months, I just really loved the material, and they saved me many times. I wore them underneath regular clothing, ones that sometimes are low-cut, or sleeveless otherwise, and the t-shirt just gives a nice, airy cover-up. I had cut the sleeves to my preferred length and also cut the collar off.
BUT, this was before I learned about half-tees (which you can make out of these same t-shirts if you are on a budget). Personally, I still like the coverage of the full t-shirt, just because the shirts I wear in the summer are SO thin they are almost see-through. But half-tees can be extremely helpful for any outfit.
You can probably just make your own Half Tee!
During the summer months avoiding layers IS the best; and thin, loose clothing is key. I buy these tank tops from Walmart and use them as under-t-shirts (they smooth the bra-lines and give me extra confidence when I feel my shirt is too thin). I wear them backward and they give more upper coverage. I also buy them a tad larger, so they are not as tight, the picture below looks way too tight in my honest opinion. But if it’s worn below your clothing it really doesn’t matter, and it’s up to you if you feel comfortable with tighter clothing under there 🙂
Layering tank tops can also be purchased at the Skirt Outlet; these are actually made for layering and have an even higher neckline than the Walmart tank tops.
Clip on camisoles are something new (to me at least) that one of my best friends told me about; she just wears tops she finds at Walmart (and Thrift Stores), that are thin and comfy, and she uses the clip on underneath. At first, I thought it wasn’t going to work for me because I am plus sized and the clip on didn’t hold tight enough to cover enough area when I bent down and such, but I found that if I wrapped the snaps around the bra strap twice and then snapped it closed, it gives an excellent fit. This is REALLY helpful, especially for those shirts that are perfect except-for-that-drooping-neckline !
Usually, I wear a slip, or a second (white) petticoat-like eyelet skirt underneath my skirts in the cooler months, but during summer the last thing I want to do is wear more than one layer of skirt, so instead of this, and to save my poor chafing legs, I wear these Danskin shorts. They are so far the best hack I have encountered for Summer Modesty. They are great coverage under skirts and keep your legs from rubbing together in the heat. And I can tell you that wearing these shorts is actually a lot less hot than wearing just the skirt.
Also, a great tip is to look for these items not just online but in the stores; especially the Thrift stores (though make sure the shorts look brand new, wouldn’t want an old pair of well-worn shorts that someone else had…). It’s amazing what you can find at thrift stores! I have found many items that have great elasticity and thin-ness that I love, from thrift stores. So, keep that option open. 🙂
Fabrics such as the maxi skirts I have found to be great in the summer months. One skirt especially, matched with the shorts before mentioned are my number one staple during the really hot and muggy days. It’s wider but feels like you are wearing almost nothing. I love it. I actually found one that looks the exact same on eBay as the one I have, so it gives you a better idea; only mine is almost half shorter and a tad more flared 🙂
Faded Glory is one of my favorite clothing lines for summer t-shirts. And I have found the t-shirts from Time&Tru from Walmart, with the Walmart tank tops underneath are really comfy. I like to sew the sleeves a bit higher and add some lace whenever I feel like dressing more feminine. 😉
Something I’ve done last year as well that was really comfortable was wear a cover-up/shrug over a tank top. Making sure the tank top wasn’t too low cut or showing any bra-straps, I just wore a shirt like this one over it. The tank top wasn’t tight either, so it worked out very well!
You can also find light, thin, summer cardigan shrugs to wear over tank tops as well.
Just don’t forget your clip-on camisole to cover up those dipping necklines 😉
Dresses & Maternity/Nursing Wear:
If you’ve got either the cash or the sewing know-how OR you’re just really good at finding things in stores & thrift shops, lightweight dresses are the best for summertime. They are my personal favorite; especially if they are of t-shirt material. Plus, they look really cute and feminine. Just don’t forget your bloomers 😉
Great for nursing mothers! Nursing Half Tee from Amazon!
More great Maternity wear ideas here: