Here are a few stylish pieces to add to your wardrobe to help you stay cool during the season’s hottest days.
Now that summer is in full swing, your wardrobe may need a little boost to handle the hotter temps. Because, despite the beautiful (skin-melting) rays, you’ve still got a life to live.
Here are a few stylish pieces to help you stay cool during the season’s hottest days.
Dressing for the office can be tricky in the peak of summer. You melt the second you step outside, but freeze inside thanks to the office air conditioner. To avoid this daily conundrum, look for breezy (read: not overly form-fitting) pieces you can add layers over while indoors.
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The sassy, modern silhouette of the Banana Republic Sleek Wide-Leg Gaucho ($89.50) pairs perfectly with a simple lightweight top, such as Pleione’s Layered V-Neck Sleeveless Blouse ($54 at Nordstrom).
The soft fit-and-flare Tylho Askew Shirtdress ($138 at Anthropologie) is just drapey enough to keep you cool without drowning your shape in fabric. Toss a cardigan on top when you’re indoors.
If your office is more casual, have some fun with J.Crew’s Metallic Foil Tailored Bermuda Shorts (on sale for $30–$70). Pair them with a crisp button-up and heels to elevate the look.
On the weekend, keep it simple and unfussy. For an outfit in an instant, toss on an easy striped dress, such as J.Crew’s Striped Maxi Tank Dress ($88–$110). The lightweight maxi features side slits and a scoop neck that give it a boost of style.
Another must-have for the summer? White denim shorts. Kut from the Kloth’s Catherine Denim Boyfriend Shorts ($69 at Nordstrom) look great with just about any top. For a totally relaxed look, pair them with The Odells’ Mixed Stripe Tunic (on sale for $100 at anthropologie.com), which can double as a dress or beach coverup.
Finish off your weekend look with summery accessories. Birkenstocks are back, and if you don’t have a pair in the back of your closet, pop for the Arizona Soft Footbed Patent Leather Sandals ($135 at Nordstrom). Try them in Black Patent and pair them with your favorite LBD for a modern — and comfy! — twist.
Toss your sunscreen and other summer necessities into a quintessential summer bag: the beach tote. Gap’s Stripe Straw Tote ($32–$36) is roomy yet manageable, and has an interior zip pocket for your phone and keys.
When it comes to shades, tortoiseshell is perennially chic. When paired with a modern round shape, it’s irresistible. Loft’s Round Tortoiseshell Sunglasses ($25) are an affordable way to try the look and get 100 percent UV protection.
If you have to suffer through wearing a suit five days a week when it’s 90 degrees outside, you can bet you want to be comfortable on the weekend. But guys, comfortable doesn’t mean sloppy.
Keep your look casual yet pulled together by scooping up a pair of (non-cargo!) shorts, such as Old Navy’s Slim Fit Twill Shorts ($12–$23), which come in a dizzying array of colors and prints.
Or, branch out and try some denim shorts — just be sure to keep them on the slim-fit side. A good pair to check out is Calvin Klein Jeans’ Clarity-Wash Shorts (on sale for $52 at Macy’s), prewashed to look broken in.
Slip your feet into a good pair of leather sandals, such as OluKai’s Mea Ola Flip Flop ($120 at Nordstrom), and top off your look with some modern shades. The rounded silhouette of Shwood’s Francis Gun Metal Titanium Walnut/Grey sunglasses ($189 at Asher Goods, Kirkland) is modern and flattering to an array of face shapes.