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    30 Summer Outfits You’ll Actually Be Able To Stay Cool In

    Dresses, oversized tees, jumpsuits, silky camis, linen shorts, and many more *cool* finds for your summer wardrobe.

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    1. A midi skirt and tank set that'll hold up as the one-and-done summer outfit of your dreams! It's stretchy and cropped to keep you cool and comfy.

    buzzfeed editor wearing the two-piece set in a green and brown jungle print
    Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I love a matching set because it takes most of the work out of putting an outfit together. And this one is such a great deal! I love how comfy and easy it is to wear. I was concerned about it being see-through, but it wasn't! It has a stretchy waist and a cute tie detail in the front of the skirt. For spring days, I just throw a denim jacket over it. And, of course, I plan to wear it all summer as well. I would 100% buy more colors in this — and there are so many to choose from!" —Kayla Boyd, BuzzFeed editor

    Get it from Amazon for $18+ (available in sizes XL–5XL and 36 styles).

    2. A lightweight button-down tank to mix and match with your favorite skirt or pair of cropped linen pants — you just may need one of these tanks in every color!


    Promising review: "Absolutely love this top! I got a ton of compliments and it fit perfectly and the quality was better than I expected. No one could believe I bought this top on Amazon!" —Ashley9217

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and 10 colors).

    3. A swing dress with ruffle sleeves so you can stay cool, calm, and stylish while trekking into work on hot days. It also makes a lovely date-night dress according to satisfied reviewers!

    A reviewer wearing a pink/white polka dotted swing dress with pockets outside

    Promising review: "Very cute! I can wear it fully buttoned and it looks nice but it looks more flirty a little unbuttoned. Great for curvey shapes. I expected the waist to be tight but it is not even though it curves in a bit. And it was not tight on my hips and did not hug them. The material feels good, cool, and flowy. The dress is comfortable and flattering. So glad I got it. Thanks to the many helpful reviews! " —Luv2shopns

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in 15 colors and sizes S–XL).

    4. A cotton- and linen-blend muscle tank you'll adore for its slouchy and cropped fit. Heatwave who?

    a model wearing the tank in blue with white pants

    Promising review: "I originally purchased this item to be a workout top, however, once I had it in hand it quickly became an everything top. And, I will not be sweating in this tank. Love love love!" —WISCOCHIC

    Get it from Madewell for $39.50 (available in sizes XXS–XXL and five colors). 

    5. And a pair of breezy wide-leg floral pants to throw on with that basic top for a *not so basic* (read: stylish, cozy, and effortless) OOTD.,

    Promising review: "Wow! I love these. The fabric is soft and beautiful. They don’t have a zipper, but the back is scrunchy so they stretch when you get in. I really can’t explain how lovely these look; they are gorgeous." —Cyndi Lunderberg

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in sizes 0/2–8/10 and five colors).

    6. A colorful confetti spaghetti strap dress ideal for anyone who *insists* on wearing hot and heavy white platform Docs all summer long (me) and needs to compensate by keeping the rest of your body as cool as possible.

    a model wearing the dress which is black with colorful confetti and lands above the knee

    Get it from Nordstrom for $25 (available in sizes 1X–4X and two colors). 

    7. A faux-wrap dress made of lightweight material to keep the heat from ruining your day and ~chill~ as the compliments come rolling in!,

    Promising review: "This dress is so comfortable! I have a large chest and this prevented spillage. The dress is flowy and material is lightweight. This is a great purchase. It comes slightly below my knees and I am 5'8". The dress is attractive and comfortable. I had many compliments the few times I wore it and I will wear it many more times this spring and summer." —Tina

    Get it from Amazon for $27.19+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 26 styles).

    8. A pair of overalls that are surprisingly cool, according to reviewers who are wearing these all summer long — as will you!

    a reviewer wearing olive overalls

    Promising review: "When these arrived, I noticed the fabric first. It's wonderful fabric, has a rich feeling — they are thicker than I thought they would be — but still nice for summer. I discovered the applique embroidery next — simply beautiful! The fabric felt even better on, next to my skin! The cropped pant legs are wonderful and so cool (temperature-wise AND appearance-wise)! They have a wonderful shape and the leg openings allow cool air to filter through and keep you really cool. I cannot get over the superb quality of these pants for such a low and extremely reasonable price! I want to try out more of these companies products." —Consuela

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS–5XL and 26 colors).

    9. A floral frock that's basically screaming "wear me to a picnic on a 90-degree day." Idk about you, but I would be happy to oblige!

    model in yellow floral mini dress with short sleeves and buttons
    Beginning Boutique

    Promising review: "In love! Such a comfy and cute summer dress!!" —Emily R.

    Get it from Beginning Boutique for $34.99 (available in sizes 2–12).

    10. A cap sleeve shirt with an airy keyhole back that'll help you create all sorts of stylish looks, and give you a little extra airflow right where you need it most.


    Promising review: "This is an easy grab from the closet top. Keeps you cool on warm days, and it's a good length either tucked or not. The cut is a little boxy but it moves with you. Great color and I will buy more." —Leanonme

    Get it from Nordstrom for $29.40 (available in sizes XXS-XXL and six colors).

    11. And a backless leopard jumpsuit to wear with that airy shirt to keep you cute, cool, and cozy on summer road trips and outings., Amazon

    FYI, if you have Amazon Prime Wardrobe you can give this jumpsuit a spin before you buy it!

    Promising review: "These overalls are for one so stinking cute and comfortable! Love that the straps are adjustable to make them fit how you want. Material is a nice jean material, not too thick for the hot summer days. Item is as pictured. They have pockets which makes any outfit even better! Would definitely recommend!" —Kayla

    Get them from Amazon for $27.97 (available in sizes S–XL and four stlyes).

    12. A perfectly pleated pinafore you'll pair with your favorite graphic tee and carry on like the fashion icon you are!

    a person wearing the pink pinafore with a white graphic shirt inside of a greenhouse
    Harper Hendrickson / Via BuzzFeed

    I once pogo-sticked while wearing this pinafore, and my gorgeous partner swears by it as well!

    Promising review: "I LOVE THIS SKIRT. Seriously it's soo cute on. It's comfortable. The straps keep your blouse or shirt from bunching and riding up. The little pearl accessory on the zipper is such a classic detail too. I love it so much I bought two more in different colors. Recommend10/10." —Leah Sassman

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and 18 colors).

    13. A stunning maxi dress to throw on and experience the joy of the cool and soft fabric as you go about your summer.

    A reviewer wearing a short sleeve, maxi dress with pockets in "143navyprint"

    Promising review: "What do you know! A dress that actually fits over my body and it’s cool and soft. I hardly ever wear dresses, but I wanted something a little dressy for an evening party outside. I am very satisfied with this purchase." —Lee Bee

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in 32 colors and sizes 14–26).

    14. An off-the-shoulder maxi dress so you can get a little sunshine on those shoulders and dress like every day is vacation!,

    Promising review: "By far my best purchase so far. Very comfortable and wrinkle-resistant. Went through the washer and dryer and did not shrink at all. Can be dressed up or dressed down." —Cindi Kimbrel

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in sizes L–3XL and 17 styles).

    15. A simple yet stylish mock-neck tank to throw on with a pair of denim shorts and voila — the heat of upcoming August has got nothing on you, babe.

    a model wearing the mock neck top in pistachio color

    Wildfang is a queer-run brand based in Los Angeles offering workwear coveralls, blazers, floral button-ups, and other stylish finds. 

    Get it from Wildfang for $24 (available in sizes XS–XXL and three colors). 

    16. And a pair of stretchy denim shorts that are definitely worth a try if you still need to stock up on warm-weather wardrobe staples. Over 1,000 reviewers love them, and some say they are the best shorts they've ever owned!,

    Promising review: "These are the best jean shorts I’ve ever gotten! PERFECT fit and they make your toosh look amazing! They have a little stretch to them so they’re super comfortable and form to your body. Just the right length too." —shopgirl728

    Get them from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes S–3X and in four washes).

    17. A two-toned flare dress lightweight enough to wear as-is through the summer. Pair it with a cardigan, tights, and boots and you can wear it well into the fall/winter as well.


    FYI, if you have Amazon Prime Wardrobe you can give this dress a spin before you buy it!

    Promising review: "Love it. I got many compliments on it and I love the material — not heavy, very light. You could wear it with boots in the winter and flats in the summer and spring." —padona

    Get it from Amazon for $29.90 (available in sizes S–XL and 23 styles).

    18. A long-sleeve linen shirt ideal for when you want to keep your arms covered and out of the sun, but you're not willing to boil in the process. Don't forget to pair this shirt with white linen cargo shorts from the same shop!

    a model wearing the long sleeve green linen shirt next to a palm tree
    MagicLinen / Via Etsy

    MagicLinen is Lithuania- based small business offering linen bedding, table linens, and comfy clothing. 

    Promising review: "This was our first men's order and I'm sure it won't be our last! Beautiful shirt — high quality and the perfect linen weight for summer. My husband loves it!" —goble498

    Get them from MagicLinen on Etsy: the shirt for $89 (available in sizes S–XXL and three colors), and the cargo shorts for $79 (available in sizes S–XXL).

    19. A mesh bralette for anyone on the lookout for a bralette they can wear in place of a shirt, or under a slouchy number. It's supportive, padded, cute, comfy, and it doesn't have any wires!

    model wearing the bralette with wide band in olive green

    Promising review: "This bra is the best ever. It has replaced every other bra I own (even other Lively bras). It is perfect and I love it! So comfy, looks good on, but the best part is that the band NEVER rolls or gets wrinkles/ripples. I would give this a million stars if I could." —Erin

    Get it from Lively for $35 (available in sizes XS–L and in green, black, and beige)

    20. And speaking of slouch — a slouchy but elegant T-shirt as versatile as it is comfortable. If you like your shirts with some drape, this is the one for you!,

    Promising review: "Best T-shirt ever! I have ordered the large and XL. I like both. The XL gives a looser more casual fit and I love the drape and the very sexy neckline. I have this shirt in black, brown, red, orange, white and grey! The colored shirts do not bleed (I wash everything on cold). They launder well and are made of quality cotton with a little stretch. The fabric hasn’t pilled up at all. The drape on this shirt is so beautiful and the value for the cost is exceptional! I love the red and orange!" —T

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 42 colors).

    21. A pretty boy crop top both my partner and I have worn throughout a summer or two! It looks awesome under a jean jacket too.

    a model wearing the black pretty boy crop top

    Flavnt is an LGBTQIA+ and trans-inclusive apparel company. Flavnt started with the goal of creating clothes that promote confidence and pride, and they have fundraising initiatives to benefit the LGBTQIA+ community.

    Get it from Flanvt for $29.99 (available in sizes XS–3X). 

    22. And a tailored mini skirt you'll pair with that crop top or a bodysuit when you have all but 10 seconds to get ready for the day!

    a model wearing the blue skirt with a small slit in the leg with a white top

    Idk about y'all but skirts over shorts is one of my summer mottos!

    Get it from Boohoo for $14.40 (available in sizes 12–24 and three colors).

    23. A short-sleeve V-neck dress you just may need in every color, because this baby is on many people's "best dress ever" list.,

    Promising review: "Best dress ever. I need this in EVERY pattern! I’m not a dress wearer. I am def a jeans Kinda woman but I have a work party coming up and figured why not go out of my normal. I am so stoked to actually wear it in public and I don’t know the last time I felt that way about a dress. I literally just ordered the yellow one and plan to get a couple more." —Shannon ruth

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 19 styles).

    24. A pair of high-waisted linen shorts that'll help you curate a breathable, cottage-core type of look with ease. Wear these beauties with the gorgeous linen floral top from the same shop and your OOTD is complete!

    HannahCanvasStore / Via Etsy

    HannahCanvasStore is a Canda-based Etsy shop offering high-quality linen shorts, tanks, pants, dresses, and more!

    Promising review: "This is my thid order of these shorts. They are so well made, breathable, and the cut is great — not too short but still stylish. Thank you!" —Anne Costa

    Get them from HannahCanvasStore on Etsy: the high-waisted shorts for $35.85 (available in sizes S–L and three colors) and the floral printed linen top for $41.92 (available in sizes S–L and three colors).

    25. A simple tank dress you can dress up or down, and it's even cool enough to layer with!

    a model wearing the dress in violet

    Promising review: "I purchased two of these dresses (green and red) with the intention to wear them to work under kimonos. I've washed the green one a couple of times and not noticed any issues with it after being washed. These are more of a casual style, but they are certainly comfortable to wear all day at work and leave on when you get home, the solid colors make them easy to pair with colorful kimonos (if that's your style). They were a great addition to my wardrobe." —Andi P.

    Get it from Target for $12 (available in sizes X–4X and seven colors). 

    26. A pair of roomy and breathable denim shorts for people who well, *hate* shorts. Hear me out — they won't roll up into the dreaded shorts wedgie and your legs won't be boiling all day!

    a model wearing the shorts with a striped shirt

    Promising review: "First of all, I HATE shorts. I am by no means a full curvy girl, but I am not slender either. I am right in the middle with a belly that enjoys the occasional pizza, and legs that love the gym. Get what I'm saying? These shorts are AMAZING! Long gone are the days of the relentless short wedgie and stomach aches after sitting down for hours in tight shorts. These shorts do slightly run big, but I enjoy the extra room for when I'm out enjoying myself at social events with friends. There is plenty of legroom for the full-figured thighs. Get these NOW. Comfort and style all in one." —ROXYROLLER

    Get them from Madewell for $39.99 (available in sizes 23–33). 

    27. And a silky cami you can pair with those perfect summer shorts to complete your look, not to mention you can dress these camis up once the weather starts to get cold again!,

    Promising review: "This is the best item I have EVER received from Amazon, in the clothing world. I am going to look for more items from this company! Hopefully, they sell more wonderful things. I just can't believe they can turn polyester into something so graceful that feels exactly like silk/satin. It's unbelievably silky. They are stunning. Beautifully made. I can't stand it! They are gorgeous! Thanks to this company!" —Mary Katherine

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XXS–4X and in 25 colors).

    28. A versatile and reviewer-loved T-shirt that'll become a summer staple for you in no time. Wear it with shorts, as a dress, or tie it up on the side on those extra hot days.,

    Promising review: "I own two of these. I bought the black one first months ago, and I just recently purchased the green one. This actually is the best T-shirt I've ever owned. I'm plus-sized and I love the way it hugs my curves and you can also do different things with it if you have a hair tie you can bring it in on the side or the back if you needed to. It's cute dressing up and down. Just make sure that you follow the instructions when you wash it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98+ (available in sizes L–4X and 35 colors).

    29. A checkered jumpsuit to wear to all the family cookouts this summer, so you can stay cool in multiple ways.

    model wearing the floor length green and white checkered jumpsuit
    Free People

    Promising review: "This is such a good buy, you won't regret it. Best jumpsuit ever!!! This was my Easter outfit. It fit perfectly. I'm also a D cup and was worried about the chest area being too tight, but the material is stretchy and made for good support. Got so many compliments and cannot wait to wear this over and over again. I think it's safe to say I'm in love with this jumpsuit." —Anjola

    Get it from Free People for $148 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    30. And a gorgeous linen wrap dress featuring a cross-back for a sublime and airy fit. Get this in my wardrobe, please 😭.

    Linennaive / Via Etsy

    Linennaive is an China-based Etsy shop specializing in beautiful, breezy linen dresses.

    Promising review: "This dress is so perfect. I wore it to a family get-together in +86° temps and I was actually comfortable. It is a perfect dress for this hellish weather." —Ally GnT

    Get it from Linennaive on Etsy for $107.10 (available in sizes XS–3XL and three colors).

    Live footage of me trying to stay cool this summer:

    Toho Studios

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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