What to wear when it’s too hot to wear anything.
Just because temperatures are skyrocketing and humidity is at an all time high doesn't mean you have to lock yourself away in an air conditioned space. It’s summer after all, the time to get out there and spend some quality time with your friends—from weekend jaunts to the beach to road trips, start making your bucket list and crossing things off.
But summer does bring along it’s own set of wardrobe challenges—first and foremost, what to wear when the thought of pulling on clothing sounds like the least appealing task possible. Before you can start planning your next summer getaway, you’ll want to invest in some lightweight tops that won’t leave you sticking to the person next to you (trust us—they’ll appreciate the gesture). Think breezy cottons, airy linens, and blouses cut with plenty of room and spacious armholes. Shop our favorite lightweight shirts to help you stay cool, comfortable, and chic all summer long.
Uniqlo Cotton Linen ¾ Sleeve T Blouse
Looking for a top you can wear day in, day out without overheating? Made from an ultra cool, ultra soft cotton fabric, this airy T-shirt blouse is the perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. Plus, the box-cut shape and billowy sleeves give you extra room (for days that are extra hot). No clinging here. Also available in olive and navy.
To buy: $10; uniqlo.com.
Calypso St. Barth Anthea Mix Printed Silk Top
Make a statement in this sweet silk style. Perfect for your next girl’s night out, the bright botanical print offers a tropical vibe and is the perfect match for your everyday blue jeans and a pair of sneakers or a white midi skirt and a pair of wedges.
To buy: $250; calypsostbarth.com.
Ann Taylor Short Sleeve Tie-Waist Poplin Top
This peachy poplin top is finished with an ultra figure-friendly tie waist that flatteringly accents every body shape. Pair it with a white trouser and printed sandal, and you’re good to go. Swap in a pair of heels and some gold accessories to elevate the look. Also available in navy and white.
To buy: $60; anntaylor.com.
J. Crew Collection Thomas Mason Off-The-Shoulder Striped Top
A top that can you can wear in more than one way is always a smart wardrobe addition, and this off-the-shoulder striped number is just that. With buttons along each wrist, wear them down or cuff them up. Not a fan of the bare-shoulder look? Pull the adjustable neckline up to create a fetching square look instead. With endless styling options, you really get the most for your money with this one.
To buy: $70; jcrew.com.
COS Tie-Back Check Top
Add some color to your usual rotation of blacks and whites with this bright yellow gingham option. Pair the cotton top with a light pink pant for an unexpected, bright look, or opt for blue or white denim for a more classic summer look.
To buy: $21; cosstores.com.
Cooper & Ella Ana Tassel Cami
As things get warmer, it’s natural to gravitate toward your collection of tanks. But instead of wearing that well-worn wide-strapped number, look for one with a little something extra. The brocade-like print and crossed straps on this cami give you the lightweight comfort you need and all the style you could want.
To buy: $100; cooperandella.com.