If it were up to us, our hot-weather uniform would consist of a swimsuit and an iced tea. Unfortunately, there’s work, there’s your social life, and there’s really no way to escape the sticky temps.
So, while your swimwear will have to wait, there are plenty of standout tricks that allow you to stay on your A-game, even against the forces of nature. Ahead, 10 summer styling tips that are, literally, no sweat.
The Lightest Of Layers — Yes, we know. Layers in the summer sound kinda crazy. But, no, we are not suffering from heat exhaustion. These kind of layers are strictly for the lightest gauzy fabrics you can find. In coordinating or clashing combinations, they’ll provide texture to your ensemble without burning up.
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Swap In Your Chambray — Your denim jacket may be one of your favorite pieces in your closet, but give old faithful a break. Swap in a lightweight chambray shirt as a cover-up that will add a touch of denim but will be infinitely cooler — in temps, that is.
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Strike A Match — A coordinating set is the perfect way to create a modern suiting look, minus a stuffy jacket. A bright, printed combo, like this, looks super polished for a daytime meeting or can work magic for your weekend adventures, too.
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Pack On The Prints — Make each piece of clothing count — there may not be very many of them, after all. Mix prints like stripes and florals, or polka dots and checkers, for outfits that pack a punch.
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Vests Are The Best — Forgive us for sounding like a broken record, but we can’t stress this point enough. A sleek tailored vest will be your best friend this summer. It adds polish and sophistication, but you’re still sleeveless. No overheating, no problem.
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To A Tee — A graphic-printed T-shirt is the ultimate summer staple to pair with anything — even a polished pencil skirt — for a light look that won’t weigh you down.
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Pick A Billowy Blazer — If you have to cover up, a crinkly blazer that drapes loosely will do the trick. Allow it to fall open and catch some of the breeze (if there is one). Plus, in a pretty, standout color, you’ll instantly add another layer of intrigue to your ensemble.
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Accessories Keep It Cool — It’s simple really. A statement necklace, metallic clutch, or embellished sandal will instantly up your style, even when you’re wearing very (very) few pieces of clothing.
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Bare The Bra — This tip only sounds slightly scandalous, but a bra top is actually a great option to swap in under your jacket or on top of high-waisted bottoms. You’ll be baring just a bit more skin, but your look won’t be screaming “beach bum” or Britney Spears circa 2000.
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