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What Do I Wear There? Hot Weather!

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Fashion for hot weather

For the past week or so, those of you spending your summers on the East Coast have probably shared the exact same thoughts with me:

First—it’s really, really hot!

And then second—how am I supposed to look cute in this ridiculously hot weather?

With temperatures skyrocketing well above 100 degrees in some areas, it’s definitely difficult to put together an outfit that keeps you cool AND looks cool. Therefore, I wanted to tackle the challenge of what to wear when it’s super hot for this week’s What Do I Wear There! Read on for some cute outfits that will have you feeling cool while looking as hot as the temperature outside.

Look One: It’s Gettin’ Hot in Here…

outfit for summer hot weather

Product Information: Shirt: Americanapparel.net, Shorts: Urbanoutfitters.com, Necklace: Ardenb.com, Balm: Asos.com, Shoes: Shopruche.com, SPF Powder: Drugstore.com

This look is perfect for when the temperature is climbing but still pretty manageable. I wanted to create a look that would work from day to night (assuming you’re spending your day in a pretty laid back environment) with you only having to tweak your hair and makeup a bit.

I love the variations on basic shorts that have been everywhere this summer and these breezy, ruffled shorts are not only unique but also lightweight and perfect for hot weather. Since they have a higher waist, I paired them with a cropped top. (Hint: if you want to avoid showing your stomach, go for a larger size that will skim the waistband of the shorts.)

To add a pop of color to this look, go for fun, red shoes. These are a bit more summery than regular sneakers but just as comfortable! However, to prevent any blisters, get a great balm like this to use on your feet before slipping on your sneakers. This one is particularly great, as it also can be used as a lip balm or to tame flyaway hairs.

To add some sparkle for day or night, throw on a bejeweled bib necklace. These are especially great in hot weather, as they are fastened with ribbon—chains and metals can sometimes be uncomfortable in heat!

Finally, and I’m mentioning it here but mean it for all of these looks: absolutely do not forget your SPF! I’m a big fan of powders with SPF, like the one above, as they give you a bit of coverage while protecting your skin. They’re also great for your scalp since they’ll protect it from burning while absorbing any oil.

Outfit Two: Temperature’s Rising

Hot weather outfit

Product Information: Romper: Roxy.com, Bangle: Oasis-stores.com, Shoes: (the ones above are sold out but here are similar styles from the store) Asos.com, Sunglasses: Topshop.com

Another great option for sweating out summer heat is a lightweight romper. This one is a thin, floaty fabric in summer’s hottest hue, so it’s perfect for battling the summer heat! Once again, it would definitely work for day or night since it is sweet but sexy and can easily be dressed up or down.

Here, I styled the romper for day, adding a geometric metal cuff and similarly funky sunglasses. I wanted shoes that would also be a bit more edgy, so I went with some studded wooden heels. The wedge-like shape of these heels ensures that they’ll be comfortable all day (and night) long!

As the temperature climbs, one of the hardest things to deal with is your hair, so keep it simple but stylish in a deconstructed ponytail like Jessica Biel’s. This will keep it from getting frizzy and sticky on your shoulders, and it will also show off your outfit!

Outfit Three: Feeling Hot Hot Hot!

outfit for extremely hot weather

Product Information: Dress: Topshop.com, Earrings: Maxandchloe.com, Revitalizing Mist: Sephora.com, Clutch: Missselfridge.com, Shoes: Endless.com, Smoky Eye Palette: Sephora.com

Now it’s time for a super hot look for super hot weather! I wanted to do a night look the second I saw this amazing sundress. Cutouts are a huge trend right now and this one has a cutout in a flattering spot that shows just enough skin. If you want to wear it for day but feel like it’s too revealing, you can simply slip a black tank underneath.

For night, add a pair of wooden heels that are a bit higher than the ones in the previous outfit. A classic black clutch keeps the focus on the dress, while I tried to pick up on the smoky purple undertones with this eye makeup palette.

If you do wear this look at night, perk up flat, frizzy hair with refreshing style spray before twisting it back into a messy bun. For extra glamour, these dangling earrings with purple stones at the ends are the perfect finish for a fun night out!

How do you deal with the summer heat?

You’ve seen my outfit choices, but now I want to know: how do you dress for hot weather? What are your favorite summer styles? What sort of hair and beauty looks work best for you in the strong summer sun? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Also, if you have any “What Do I Wear There” questions, leave them below; yours may be featured in the next article!

Posted on on July 9, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , ,

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18 Responses to “What Do I Wear There? Hot Weather!”

  1. 1
    July 9th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Great looks!
    How do I deal with the heat? Well when it’s 115 degrees in Phoenix the only way to deal is to not be outside for more than 5 minutes at a time!

  2. 2
    July 9th, 2010 at 11:56 am

    I love the looks, but here’s my problem, and I’m sure most other girls have this problem too: It’s about 100 degrees daily where I’m at, and I love summer colors, but the thing is if I’m outside for longer than 10 or 15 minutes, I totally end up with sweat stains. Because of this I try to wear darker colors (no fun) and I can’t find a way to really solve the problem.

  3. 3
    July 9th, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Really fun outfits! I have to agree with Molly, though. I live in Phoenix too, and the key to beating summer is to stay indoors (which is tricky when you park a mile away so your car is under a sliver of shade)!

  4. 4
    July 9th, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Love outfit no. 2! The romper is great!

  5. 5
    July 9th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    love the romper!!

    I’m quite confused about that you said for the outfit 3 about the black tank under the dress. From my imagination, it seems pretty weird. Can you please show me some examples of tanks that would look great underneath this kind of dress? thanks!

  6. 6
    July 9th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I stay indoors too, yesterday it was 42 C with the humidex…I could barely breathe! No clothing could make me want to go out in that heat, unless it’s my bathing suit, and I’m diving right into my pool!

  7. 7
    July 9th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Living in south Texas…the best way to beat the heat is to either be in a pool or indoors! Sometimes when it has rained and it’s cloudy, it’s a bit nicer. But the summer [all the way from mid May through the end of August] is way too hot here! Not just hot, but HUMID! I wouldn’t mind 95 degree heat if it wasn’t mixed with 65% humidity! It’s like walking into an oven. It’s hard to be outdoors!

  8. 8
    July 9th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Rompers are definitely a must. I’ve been living in them lately! Lightweight fabrics are always a plus, especially in this EXTREMELY humid weather we’ve been having. I usually let my hair stay down wavy. It can turn into a frizz ball with the heat, but with lots of products I can tame it a bit :)

  9. 9
    July 9th, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    I love that final dress from Topshop! But I would never layer in this heat!

  10. 10
    July 9th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    This summer will be HOT i love the rompers out now…cool&cool

  11. 11
    July 9th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    This is great! I’m going to the Philippines soon and it’s always really hot and humid there. I’ll keep this article in mind!

  12. 12
    July 9th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    one of my favorite summer dresses is from Charlotte Russe. I wear it with a belt and sequined sneakers. I got a ton of compliments on wearing my hair in a pony tail with fringe, so I started doing that. It looks really good, it’s practical, and it keeps me cool.

  13. 13
    July 9th, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    It’s about time I love this weather all week I been wearing rompers,skirts and dresses anything that will keep me cool

  14. 14
    July 9th, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    @Jen– I wholeheartedly recommend Certain Dri for anyone who has a problem with sweating. It’s a powerful anti-perspirant that you put on before you go to sleep, and it absolutely helps cut back on wetness. You can get it at any drug store.

  15. 15
    July 10th, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    love the 1st n 2nd look

  16. 16
    July 15th, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    I live in one of the “Hot Parts” of AZ.

    Thanks for all the great tips!!

    I look at this website everyday and it is saved in my faves on the computer.

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