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    Updated on Jul 9, 2020. Posted on Jul 9, 2020

    37 Light And Summery Pieces For Anyone Who's Just Too Damn Hot

    If you're in need of a cute new dress for the summer, you're definitely about to be pleased.

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    1. Frayed denim shorts that'll help you duplicate Jessica Simpson's memorable look from The Dukes of Hazzard while keeping your cool.,

    Promising review: "I might be the pickiest person for shorts. I ordered these thinking 'This is stupid, they’ll either be super short or super tight.' They are amazing! Could’ve even gone a size down as they do stretch out a bit with wear. They are great. I have wide hips and thighs, these fit the best. Not too short, but the slit on the sides gives them a sexiness to them! Great wash and super stretchy making them comfy. I am not normally one to take time to review things, but I love them and got tons of compliments!" —Megan

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 16 styles).

    2. A flared skater dress to make you feel like Tara Lipinski mid-routine despite the fact that you're completely uncoordinated.,

    Over 3.3K Amazon shoppers had something positive to say about this skirt! Definitely consider adding this to your closet.

    Promising review: "I purchased three of these flared skirts (black, royal blue, and white) for my high school daughter. They have become staples in her wardrobe. The polyester blend is unusual, but it totally works. They're comfortable, simplistic, and very affordable. They wash up beautifully; I machine wash with cold water and lay flat or hang to dry. The colors are true to images. They repel lint and pet hair. I imagine it fits well whether you're short, tall, slender, or curvy. Dress it up or down. This is a pretty safe bet for those who dislike buying clothing online." —Oregonians

    Get it from Amazon for $11.45+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and 45 styles).

    3. A cropped baby tee that says "HEY, LOOK AT ME!" while also revealing a little skin. Don't forget to put some sunblock on that exposed strip!

    a yellow shirt with thin white stripes
    American Eagle

    Seriously, I just forgot to lotion up my exposed stomach at the beach and I'm currently SUFFERING from a bad burn. Learn from my mistakes.

    Promising review: "I came across this shirt online and fell in love with it. It looked so cute and comfy so I just had to buy it. At first I was going to purchase a medium but the large worked out just fine for me. It is a little bit more tighter than I had expected but I still love it!" —Angie

    Get it from American Eagle for $14.96+ (available in sizes 2XS–2XL and eight colors).

    4. A high-neck spaghetti strap number you can dress up with glitzy accessories for a fabulous look that won't leave you feeling overheated.,

    Promising review: "I bought this to wear to a wedding and it was a knockout. It washes well and the pockets are a major plus, I didn't even bother carrying a purse. The straps are a little weird with where they hit under your arms but that might just be me. Still a great party dress!" —paulrmol

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 15 styles).

    5. Cotton drawstring shorts to throw on over a bathing suit for a simple but put-together beach look.

    a model wearing the shorts in light tan with their hands in the pockets

    Promising review: "These shorts are very cute. I liked them so much that I ordered a second pair in a different color. They fit true to size, and they are comfortable and the perfect length. I'm not into shorty shorts, nor am I into long shorts. These fit mid/upper thigh and have an elastic waist band with a draw string. They are roomy without being baggy and look really cute with pretty much any top." —Tammy

    Get them from Amazon for $6.98+ (available in sizes S–2XL and five colors).

    6. A self-tie cami dress, so light and airy you'll feel like you're walking around naked — which is ideal for grossly humid weather.

    a model in a white stretchy smocked dress with tiny blue and red flowers all over it
    Forever 21

    Promising review: "It's like... really cute? I was really scared to buy anything off of the F21 app or online and this worked out really well. It's very soft and it was a perfect length and it covered my butt which is always good. It looked nice on me and you can't see my strapless bra lines or my underwear lines! I think it fit so well because it was smocked? I don't think anything has fit me so well before at F21 lol" —Hope W.

    Get it from Forever 21 for $18 (available in sizes S–L).

    7. A cotton T-shirt you can pair with lightweight shorts for an easily put together summer outfit.,

    Promising review: "I love this shirt so much! It’s soft and fits true to size! I ordered a medium and it fits just the way I would want, not too tight and not very loose either! I love this color combo but I will probably get others too because it is very comfortable and an easy casual look to put together." —Jennifer Alviso

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in sizes S–2XL and eight styles).

    8. A scoop neck tank, perfect for showing off that awesome tan you've been working on (or magically got just walking back and forth to the store because it's SO FREAKIN' HOT).,

    Promising review: "I wear a lot of sleeveless tanks/blouses with cardigans for work. I didn’t want it to be tight, and I’m between a M/L and went with the large. Definitely wish I would’ve gotten a medium. But other than the arm holes being a tad too big, I’m delighted with my purchase! I got the navy blue top and it’s not see through at all. Super light!" —Ashlee B.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in sizes S–2XL and in 13 styles).

    9. A black and white gingham mini skirt that'll give ol' Dorothy's classic jumper a run for its money.

    a model wearing the black and white gingham mini skirt with a tiny slit on the side

    Get it from Topshop for $40 (available in sizes 2–10).

    10. Basic gym shorts for when the weather is just so unbearable you can't even bother getting truly dressed.


    Promising review: "I wear these at work during our physical training blocks for the recruits (I run a police academy). They are durable and have held up well for the last six months or so, and we do not treat clothes kindly in our PT. Mat work, running, jumping, all the typical CrossFit stuff has done nothing to them, and they are very light and comfortable. I like wearing these when I run as they allow for good airflow to help keep me cool. Color has held well after repeated washing a couple of times a week. No problems so far and no fraying edges or seams yet. Will buy more when these finally give out, can't beat them for the price!" —Chris Wagoner

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $18.50+ (available in men's sizes S–2XL and five styles).

    11. And a lightweight crop top to complete your it's-too-hot-to-get-dressed style., Amazon

    Promising review: "I really love this shirt! I didn’t read the description properly, but I was happily surprised when I saw the back of the shirt was mesh. It’s lightweight and breathable. I ordered a small and probably could have ordered a medium but just for a little more length. The small falls right under my belly button which is fine. The material is really nice, too. I’ll definitely be ordering a few more." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and in 14 styles).

    12. A wrap dress that'll have you looking so ~chill~ no one will think twice about the fact it's 100 degrees outside once they catch a glimpse of you struttin' your stuff.


    Promising review: "This is a SHOWSTOPPER. This is a true wrap dress so it can be tightened or loosened to your liking. It is such a nice style for so many body types. I LOVE it!" —Lucy Yarrow

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in sizes S–2XL and 18 styles).

    13. A leopard-print smock dress so you can channel Tarzan and Jane's easy breezy vibes.

    a model wearing the leopard print dress with slightly longer than t-shirt sleeves and ruffled edges

    Get it from Boohoo for $16 (available in petite sizes 12–20).

    14. A dress starring thin straps that cross in the back for an unexpected sexy ~look~ you won't sweat in because it's super breathable.,

    I personally wore this out in New Orleans in extreme heat — it does the job.

    Promising review: "I love this dress. It’s made from a great quality material that is thick but breathable and also stretchy. I also have pretty small breasts so I was a little concerned about them fitting in the dress. I tried it on with no bra and the dress actually hugs them. The straps are also adjustable to make the dress tighter or looser." —Kristina

    Get it from Amazon for $13.96+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 31 styles).

    15. Or a high-waisted pleated skirt you'll want to twirl around in like Beyoncé on her haters... to generate a breeze because, let's face it, it's hotter than hell.,

    Promising review: "Bought this for a trip to Italy and was AMAZED at the high quality. I’m a curvy girl and would normally get an XL, but after reading reviews about stretchy waistband opted for the L and it was a perfect fit. It hangs beautifully and is very flattering. Highly recommend." —Dr. Shannelle

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in sizes S–2XL and seven colors).

    16. A lace bralette for when you want to keep your cool in your too-hot room or want another playful layering option — just think how cute this would look under shortalls!


    Get it from Aerie for $24.46 (available in sizes 2XS–2XL and five colors).

    17. A straw hat you'll be able to easily toss into your bag — you never know when you'll need a chic accessory to also protect your precious skin from the sun!

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Madewell

    I was never into hats (I feel like my face is too round!) but my husband insisted I get one before we ventured to Saratoga Race Track a few years ago. I gave it a try and surprisingly loved it! It prevented me from getting one of my typical sunburns, and because it's unstructured it was easy to fold up into my tote bag when I didn't want to wear it.

    Promising review: "This hat is great for any casual summer outfit. It's not a big, floppy brim so it works with jeans, etc. And it's a larger brim than a fedora, so there is actual sun coverage." —Alinta

    Get it from Madewell for $27.99+ (available in S/M–M/L sizing and four styles)

    18. Linen chambray shorts that'll keep you so cool in the summer sun, you may never want to put regular denim on again.

    a model in dark wash linen chambray shorts
    Old Navy

    Promising review: "Love how these stretch a bit and flow. Very comfortable and lightweight." —Roxie

    Get them from Old Navy for $15 (available in sizes 0–18).

    19. A tank with an edgy neckline to make you feel ~cool~ in both senses of the word, Amazon

    Promising review: "Runs slightly big but I like it that way! I am 5'2", 140 lb., size DD. I ordered a small only because they didn't have medium in stock and I was thrilled with how it fit! Made my cleavage look great but it was flowy around the belly area. Bonus that my bra straps were covered by the top so I didn't have to wear a strapless. I'm thinking of buying it in a different color :)" —KaylaLV

    Get it from Amazon for $4.59+ (available in sizes S–XL and eight colors).

    20. A tube top and skirt set you'll love because it's flowy, summery, and essentially everything you'd want in a chic seasonal outfit.


    Promising review: "This is such a beautiful outfit. It is better than I expected! I have tried other two piece outfits and they all ended up fitting weird. The stretch of this outfit is key in the fit. It is very comfortable and flowy. It is perfect for the summer and I can't wait to wear It!" —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $27.49 (available in sizes S–XL and three styles).

    21. Or a charming skirt covered in flamingos that'll have fellow fashionistas *flocking* to you for style advice.

    a navy blue skirt with an all-over flamingo patter

    Get it from ModCloth for $59 (available in sizes XS–XL, 1X–4X and two styles).

    22. An oceanic tee to ~make some waves~ in your wardrobe and make you want to pick up and move to an isolated beach town.,

    Note that these run much smaller than a typical tee. A regular Small will fit like a 2XS, whereas the 2XL fits like a standard Large. Size up, friends!

    Promising review: "I am typically a M and the XL size was the perfect fit. Even though it says XL it is definitely an U.S. M. I love this shirt! Great quality and soft. Not like scratchy cheap cotton T-shirts. This exceeded my expectations for the price. I’m going to order it in more colors now." —Miranda

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in women's sizes S–2XL and six colors).

    23. A chiffon layered tank you'll recommend to all of your friends thanks to how nicely it transitions a look from ~workday chic~ to ~date night ready~ while also keeping you from feeling super sweaty., Amazon

    Promising review: "This shirt is super cute. It has two layers, the top layer is sheer and the second layer provides coverage. The shirt (from what I can tell) is not see through. I'm 5'9" and ordered a medium, and it fits perfectly. It's the right fit and length. It's a flowy shirt so it's not formfitting. It's very comfortable to wear and cute!" —Nicole M.

    Get it from Amazon for $15+ (available in sizes S–2XL and in eight styles).

    24. A lace poncho you can wear to protect your skin from the sun's harsh rays and your freezing AC at the same time.

    a model wearing the pale yellow floral laced poncho with scallop edges

    Promising review: "This is perfect for wearing with a tank top when it is too warm to wear a knit cardigan. It is very airy and the lace isn't scratchy. I normally wear a 1 in tops, so I bought the 1/2 size. Although it fits fine, I think going down a size wouldn't hurt if you want a more fitted, less flowy look." —MaryPoppins100

    Get it from Torrid for $12.59 (available in sizes M–L, 1X–4X).

    25. A skirt with vintage vibes, because I know you've been dying to replicate Midge Maisel's impeccable style from that summer vacay her fam took to the Catskills.,

    Promising review: "I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SKIRT!!! I get so many compliments and the pockets are my favorite!!!! My nephew tells me I look like a princess every time I wear it! It's so cute, comfy and feminine." —Samantha

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes S–3XL and 27 styles).

    26. A mini wrap dress featuring boho vibes you can keep on deck for the hottest day of the year.


    Amazon customers have noted this dress runs small, so go up a size before purchasing!

    Promising review: "Love the colors in this dress! It’s super cute and easy to dress up or down. Is a true wrap dress, a good length, not see through, and not too low cut! Lightweight and perfect for summer!" —Olivia Noles

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 10 styles).

    27. Short overalls you can layer with your fave tee or a cropped tank for a casual but cool outfit option.

    a model wearing the light blue denim short overalls

    Promising review: "Love these shorteralls (yeah, I said it) so much!! I own them in black as well and they are wonderful for WFH, light yard work, lounging, online shopping, virtual dance parties, etc! I am 5-foot-6 and about140 lbs and the medium fits perfectly. A little loose for that perfectly relaxed look. Another great purchase!" —derainapants

    Get it from Madewell for $118 (available in sizes 2XS, S, and L).

    28. A cute tank with scallop details, in case the thought of wearing sleeves during the summer makes you wanna scream.,

    Promising review: "I love that this top is super basic and can be worn with pretty much anything, but the scallop detailing and high neck make it cuter than just a plain tank crop. It does fit snuggly, but that’s the style I was looking for. If you are looking for a looser fit, or if you are well endowed in the chest area, you may want to size up. But regardless, the fabric is super stretchy and forgiving." —Stacey Gebler

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XS–L and in 33 styles).

    29. A casual T-shirt dress you can buy in every color and wear as your summer uniform. Who wants to try and put an outfit together when it feels like their brain is melting? NOT ME.,

    Promising review: "This dress is a real gift to me and my closet. It pulls over my head easily, flatters my figure, and moves enough to make me feel beautiful. I live in Florida and our summers are hot so this simple dress matches my lifestyle. Add a pair of sandals and I am out of the door. The dress does not hug my belly like most do and the sleeves are the perfect length! I will be buying more and this will be my summer go to outfit. I have tried other brands and they wrinkle easily, this one can be slept in and still not have wrinkles. I will travel in it and wear it to the beach, too." —Suzanne

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and 23 styles).

    30. An eyelet mini dress you'll look like an actual angel while wearing (joke's on everyone else when they discover your true colors, hehe).

    a model wearing the eyelet dress in white

    Promising review: "At first, I thought the dress had a weird fit but it actually works for my petite frame. I am 5'2" but the dress still hits around my knees. I got a regular 0 size. So, for taller ladies, this might be a little short. The fabric is cotton and lightweight so it is perfect for summer. I also like the sleeves. They are not really puffy. It comes with a thin belt but it could've been OK without it. Overall, it is really cute and lightweight summer dress. Hope the pandemic will be over soon so I can get this baby out more often." —tribeca0722

    Get it from Madewell for $84.99 (originally $128, available in sizes 00–24 and petite and regular lengths)

    31. A ruffled mini skirt you can wear to show off a lil' leg — it is summer, after all., Amazon

    Promising review: "I have seen this skirt all over boutique websites for double the price. So happy I ran across this one instead! Great quality, comfortable and soft material, gorgeous pattern, pretty coloring! It is also a really good length as well! I definitely recommend this skirt!" —Hannah Tyler

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes 4–10 and nine styles).

    32. A loose-fitting maxi dress so versatile, you'll easily be able to rock it at brunch or at the beach.,

    Promising review: "I'm very happy with my purchase. This dress is soft and good quality, solid fabric. It is not see-through at all. The straps are adjustable to show as much or as little cleavage as you'd like. I'm 5'1" and the dress fit me slightly long, but fine with wedges or heels. A perfect go to dress for the summer." —Erika

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 17 styles).

    33. Limited edition Champion x MTV bike shorts in an eccentric pattern you definitely won't lose in your dresser drawers.

    Finish Line

    Since I've been working from home I've made the shift over from leggings to bike shorts (it's too freakin' hot in my apartment!). These keep me feeling cool and comfortable and are great for both working out and, well, actually working!

    Get them from Finish Line for $40 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    34. A marble one-piece you'll agree is worth splurging on when you feel how silky and comfortable it is.

    a model wearing a blue pink and purple one piece bathing suit

    This lil' number is made of a recycled poly blend. It would look *so* cute paired with your fave denim shorts. If one-piece suits aren't your thing, the style is also available in a bikini top and bottoms.

    Get it from Terez for $180 (available in sizes XS–XL).

    35. Strappy sandals you'd likely find in the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow — better snatch 'em up before a leprechaun does.

    flat sandals with silver and rainbow colored straps

    Get them from ModCloth for $49 (available in sizes 5–9).

    36. A bikini trimmed with playful tassels so you can shimmy right into the pool.

    buzzfeed editor wearing the bathing suit in red white and blue
    BuzzFeed / Heather Braga

    Before you start yelling at me via the comments that you're tired of seeing this bathing suit, hear me out. I took my own advice and purchased this ever-popular suit and — WHATTYA KNOW — it's amazing. I was worried about putting it in the wash, but surprisingly all of them stayed intact. The only suggestion I have for you is to remember put sunscreen on your lil' exposed mid-section. I forgot and am PAYING the price with a strip of not-so-cute red across my entire body. Ouch.

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in sizes 4–16 and 16 colors and patterns).

    37. And a tee made for proud introverts, because on days when it's too hot to function, we should all embrace that side of ourselves, crack open a book, turn on Netflix, and just STAY INSIDE.

    a model wearing a white tee with a graphic illustration of "introvert" in rainbow colors
    Femfetti / Etsy

    Promising review: "The unisex small is a bit too big and baggy on me (I'm a size 4, if that helps anyone reading this decide what size to get), but the shirt is beautiful, well-made, and exactly as pictured!" —Elaine Kohler

    Get it from Femfetti on Etsy for $21+ (available in unisex sizes XS–2XL).

    Now if only we could figure out how to tame our hair during this gross weather...


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