In a season flush with humidity and high temps, the key is to be strategic with your clothing choices. Check out these hot-weather approved options that are sure to make you feel (and look) a little cooler.
It may feel like it’s too hot to function without A/C, and the last thing you want to do is cover any inch of skin with clothing, but you still need something to wear (when you can’t be floating in a lake or pool, of course). The key is to be strategic with your clothing choices, and the optimum fits are easy and breezy with major I’m-not-even-breaking-a-sweat vibes—because you want your summertime to include beach days, backyard BBQs, relaxing in the park, and al fresco brunches, even in the steamiest of weather situations. Ultimately, you have to keep it light and pick loose and lightweight pieces, because body-con dresses and skinny jeans are not the best choices on sticky days. Here, some of our favorite breezy options to see you through those hot, heavy afternoons.
J. Crew Straw Hat With Rainbow Pom-Poms
A hat is a heatwave essential—it shades your face and keeps you cool—and this one is woven to let in the breeze. Bonus? The pom-poms add easy-to-wear pops of color. When traveling, wear this item on the plane so it doesn’t get squished in your luggage.
To buy: $49.50, jcrew.com.
Everlane Japanese GoWeave Track Short
A simple solution that’ll help beat the heat, these shorts are made from a 100 percent triacetate fabric that’s designed to be cooling and crease-resistant. Plus, the silky texture drapes in a way that lets you dress them down or up, like with a thin tee for running weekend errands or a flowy silk tank for evening drinks.
To buy: $68, everlane.com.
Mango Bow Linen Dress
Nothing says “summer” like lightweight, breathable linen, and this dress features ultra-feminine elements like lace panels and wide, tied straps. It’s a one-piece pick that’ll make you feel cool and look amazing—plus, it's an easy and space-saving option to pack for a long weekend away.
To buy: $60, mango.com.
Wilfred Promener Blouse in Misted Yellow
The off-the-shoulder trend is still going strong, and you’ll want to reach for this top on the next hot day since it’s made from a lightweight fabric and has a flowy cut that won’t cling to your skin. Also available in black, cream, and bright red.
To buy: For a similar product: $88; nordstrom.com.
Madewell Lakeshore Button-Back Maxi Dress
When the humidity and heat spike, opt for a dress that boasts endless comfort—like this sleek maxi with buttons up the back—to let you maximize your breeze level. One easy piece is all you need when it feels like (or actually is) 100 degrees outside.
To buy: $148, madewell.com.
Nitrogen Embroidered Tie-Neck Tank Top
When the idea of actually putting a layer of clothes on your body is the epitome of uncomfortable, you’ll love how loosely this tank drapes. It has a split hem in back for some extra airflow and adjustable straps that will stay put when it’s steamy.
To buy: $20, target.com.