Hot Child in the City

Hot Child in the City

For some reason, Nick Gilder’s classic retro song, Hot Child in the City was running in the back of my mind. With temperatures in the high 30s and a humidex that made it Toronto feel like an African jungle, I headed down to the Harbourfront to beat the heat.

When it’s this hot out, I try to wear the least amount of clothing as humanly possible. I’m wearing a strapless cotton romper from Urban Planet (a great source for rompers like these at a ridiculously low price), my Massimo Dutti satchel, Prada Minimal Baroque sunnies, and vintage jewelry.

To match my tortoiseshell sunglasses and tribal-print romper, I’m wearing this tortoiseshell necklace. I fell in love with some vintage pieces at the Prada store in Milan, and I love the way they can be both classy and earthy at the same time.

Bangles are a must as well! I’m wearing a mustard yellow resin one, and a honeycomb wood piece from the Caribbean.

To get around the Harbourfront quick, we rented Bixi bikes and did some cruising. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon and enjoy the scenery by the lake.

On hot days like this, I try to wear as little makeup as possible (even forgoing lipstick) because everything tends to melt. A touch of powder, waterproof mascara and eyeliner, and I’m good to go.

It might not be the jungle, but the jungle has come to Toronto with this heat wave. Let’s see how long it lasts, I have a closet full of easy cotton rompers ready for it!

This look is featured on WIWW


  1. Nicole Witkowski July 18, 2012 / 10:45 am

    Nat, you’re so good at what you do and I’m happy to see your persistent and stylish blogging. Miss you much and hope your style stays gorgeous all summer long (in spite of the heat)!

    • Natalie Ast July 18, 2012 / 3:27 pm

      thanks so much nicole <3 i miss you too and hope we can catch up soon and maybe collaborate on a shoot <3

  2. Lindsay July 18, 2012 / 2:54 pm

    Love this romper! The print is absolutely gorgeous! Also love how you styled it. It’s crazy hot in Chicago too.

  3. Life as Leah July 18, 2012 / 2:56 pm

    You are absolutely gorgeous!! I’m not sure I could make a bike look that cool, lol. I really love the necklace with the print on the romper, and your sunglasses are fabulous! I found you on the Pleated Poppy!

    • Natalie Ast July 18, 2012 / 3:30 pm

      Hey Leah… working the bike takes practice! I lived in the Netherlands for 6 months, which taught me how to do everything on a bike (including text, wear heels and drink coffee). Those sunnies are my fave too! You can find them on sale at 😀 Thanks for finding me <3

  4. Whitney@PolkaDottyPlace July 19, 2012 / 3:24 am

    Amazing summer outfit!! I’m dying over the tortoise shell statement necklace! You’ve accessorized this look perfectly and managed to look great despite the HOT weather!!

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