The Best Lightweight Pieces for Extremely Hot Weather

On days when you want nothing more than to throw on a swimsuit and lay by the pool (but can’t), here are six airy pieces to help you beat the heat.

Though we look forward to the never-ending summer days all winter long, one thing we could honestly live without is the humidity. Navigating a city—or anywhere, for that matter—on a sweltering summer day is no easy feat. With early morning temperatures starting at 90 degrees and making their way up and over 100, one has to do anything they can to stay cool. From avoiding over-packed subway cars to drinking iced coffees, we’re willing to try everything and anything to cool off, even just a little. But, when all else fails, the one easy thing you can always do to stay cool is dress in the perfect pieces for hot weather—think cool cotton blouses and light linen pants. Here, some of our favorites. 


Uniqlo Linen Cotton Striped Shirt Dress

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For a day in the office—or a day at the beach or the pool—a linen cotton shirtdress is just the thing you need. Pair this number with structured pumps and statement earrings or fun sandals and a straw tote—this is one dress that can go the extra mile.

To buy: $20;


Topshop Washed D-Ring Shorts

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A lightweight short is a summertime must-have. Whether heading to Sunday brunch with friends or the pool with your family, a pair of updated shorts is the perfect addition to any look. Plus, the ultra feminine pink color will keep you looking cool, even if you’re over-heating.

To buy: $65;


Calypso St. Barth Blandy Tassel Trim Linen Pant

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On days that are so hot you can’t think straight (let along put together an outfit), an all white linen pant is a reliable go-to. From errands to dinner, they are super versatile. Plus, the fun pom-poms give your look that little something extra. Also available in grey and natural.

To buy: $195,


River Island Floral Wrap Frill Sleeve Crop Top

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With three-quarter frill sleeves, this shirt leaves plenty of room so the fabric doesn’t stick, even if you start to sweat. The floral print is super playful and the cropped style looks best (and doesn’t show too much skin) when paired with a high-waisted skirt. Available in two other colors.

To buy: For a similar product: $40;


J. Crew Ruffle Wrap Skirt in Cotton Poplin

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A wrap skirt is that just-right, warm-weather item—it gives you plenty of room for moving, without feeling constrained or overly covered up. Plus the ruffled hem will catch the wind as you walk by, making it look as airy as it feels. Also available in khaki.

To buy: For a similar product: $95;


COS Shoulder-Strap Dress

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Heading out for a night with friends, but don’t want to find yourself sticking to everything you come in contact with? Switch out your well-worn LBD for something a bit more eye-catching. This easy, breezy cotton dress will ensure all eyes are on you—for all the right reasons.

To buy: $58;