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

    There's gotta be at least one article of clothing you won't sweat through living in this post.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. A perfectly purple maxi that just looks like it would make you feel easy and breezy even when the summer weather is nothing but that.

    a model wearing a lavender maxi dress while at a picnic
    Petal & Pup

    Get it from Petal & Pup for $59.95 (available in sizes 0–12).

    2. 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 42 styles).

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

    Over 21,000 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 39 styles).

    4. 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 model in a green baby tee with a ruffled hem
    American Eagle

    Seriously, I can't begin to tell you how many times I've forgotten to lotion up my exposed stomach at the beach and have really SUFFERED from a bad burn. Learn from my mistakes.

    Promising review: "I am pretty sure I have this top in every solid color. I love them and plan on living in them this summer." —Nicolle

    Get it from American Eagle for $9.98 (originally $24.95; available in sizes 2XS–2XL and five colors).

    5. 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 $18.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 16 styles).

    6. 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 six colors).

    7. A two-piece set that'll make getting dressed the easiest decision you make all day. This outfit has serious heading-to-dinner-after-lying-by-the-beach-all-day vibes.,

    Promising review: "I love this set! Every time I wear it, I get compliments from friends. I also like how open and breathable it is. Texas summers are very hot, and I‘m not absolutely dying when I wear this! Very happy with the purchase." —Erika V.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 12 colors).

    8. A tiered ruffled midi-dress, for anyone who constantly finds themselves sweating (and praying for the start of autumn) but still wants to make it *seem* like they enjoy summertime.

    a model in a bright green tank dress with ruffled sleeves and a tiered skirt
    J. Crew Factory

    Promising review: "Construction was excellent! Very well made. Size was true. The color was just as pictured on line. A perfect summer dress." —netl

    Get it from J. Crew Factory for $89.50 (available in sizes 00–10, 20 and three colors).

    9. 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 $16.99 (available in sizes S–2XL and nine styles).

    10. 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 11 styles).

    11. A gingham frock with tiers that'll give ol' Dorothy's classic jumper a run for its money.

    A model in the above-the-knee light blue and white dress

    Promising review: "I LOVE this dress!! The material is so lightweight that it’s perfect for summer, and then the buffalo plaid will also look cute and trendy in fall with a jean jacket! Plus I LOVE that there are pockets. The dress is made really well; I was pleased to see it also had a lining, so it’s not at all transparent. I saw another review that said it ran a little small, and as someone between two sizes, I sized up, and I’m glad I did. I like that it is more flowy and comfortable-fitting! I will be wearing this dress all summer and then some!" —Theresa St Peter

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

    12. 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 $20.70+ (available in men's sizes S–2XL and 10 styles).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    13. 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 $17.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and 18 styles).

    14. A chic dress with puffy sleeves that'll help you achieve your Bridgerton style goals without overheating.

    a model in a short tee dress with puffy cap sleeves and a yellow floral pattern

    Promising review: "This is a great casual dress for this summer heat! Fits nice and looks fresh, fabric isn’t too thin and doesn’t require a slip." —Pleased consumer

    Get it from Target for $25 (available in women's sizes XS–2XL, 1X–4X, and three styles).

    15. 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: "I don't normally write reviews for clothes off of Amazon, but good lordy I am so in love with this dress, I just HAVE to!! I am IN LOVE and am wishing it was warmer weather so I could wear it out and about! First, it is a true wrap dress in that you feed one side through the other, therefore you can adjust how tight or loose it is. Modest? Show some cleavage? Up to you! 😍 Second, it is the PERFECT length for me. Lastly, normally a short ruffle sleeve doesn't fall right on me and makes me look like a football player... these fall immaculately fluttery on me. All in all, I freaking love this dress! And was not prompted in any way to provide a review but felt so compelled when I tried it on! If you are on the fence like I have been for over a year, GET IT!!" —Jess

    Get it from Amazon for $29.74 (available in sizes S–2XL and 18 styles).

    16. A floral sundress you can count on to brighten your wardrobe and your mood all the while keeping you cool (three cheers for lightweight jersey material!).

    a model in a yellow sundress with white flowers on it and thin straps

    Get it from Boohoo for $12 (available in sizes 14–20 and three colors).

    17. A matching crop top and shorts set that'll make getting dressed a breeze even when there isn't an actual ounce of a real breeze in the thick, humid, awful, summer air. Yuck, but at least you'll look like a 10/10.

    a model in a red crop top and shorts with white florals on it

    Rebdolls is a Black woman-owned small business that sells fabulous clothing and accessories.

    Get it from Rebdolls for $42 (available in sizes M–L and 1X–5X).

    18. 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 $29.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 26 styles).

    19. 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 $22.99 (available in sizes S–2XL and 45 styles).

    20. High-waisted bike shorts to take your chill Princess Diana–style vibe into another season — I'd like to think she'd approve of her classic look being given a pastel treatment.


    Promising review: "I’m a runner, and these are some of the best shorts I’ve found. Not having a front seam is a game changer for me. They don’t rub funny or ride up and are super soft and comfortable. I’ve already ordered more pairs. I’m between a medium and a small, so I have both sizes and wear the smalls on runs and the mediums to the gym." —Kerri

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and 45 styles).

    21. A romantic cottagecore number that, while it looks fancy and mesmerizing, is actually super lightweight and comfortable for a variety of seasons.

    Off-the-shoulder light-green dress with puffy sleeves and a sheer overlay with embroidered flowers on it
    Simple Chics Boutique / Etsy

    Simple Chics Boutique is a Columbia, South Carolina–based shop featuring gorgeous clothing, accessories, and home accents.

    Get it from Simple Chics Boutique on Etsy for $39 (available in sizes S–XL and five colors).

    22. A tulip-hemmed sheath dress that'll look so chic with those new shoes you just picked up. Don't you just love an outfit you can wear with sneakers, sandals, or boots?,

    Promising review: "This dress is phenomenal. Not see-through at all (I did buy black, though), and it is lined. It’s also extremely comfortable. I plan to dress it both up and down either for work or casual outings. I’ll admit I was skeptical, but I definitely won’t be returning this dress. And, as many have stated, it looks much more expensive than what it goes for. I do recommend going with your normal size. I can typically fit into both an S and an M, but M is my usual size for most clothing, and this dress fit great. Was not too tight at all — I fear a small would have been clinging to me." —KG

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL, two styles, and 16 colors).

    23. A floral romper featuring an open-back design to ensure your skin has some breathing room on the hottest day of the year — you're welcome.

    Nasty Gal

    Get it from Nasty Gal for $20 (available in sizes XS–M).

    24. 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 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).

    25. 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 $24.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 13 styles).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    26. A tee made for proud introverts, because no one should be ashamed. We should all embrace that side of ourselves — crack open a book, turn on Netflix, and just STAY INSIDE when it's hot. So glorious.

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

    Femfetti is a small business based in Columbus, Ohio, that sells fun graphic tanks, tees, crewnecks, hoodies, and more. I own lots of their products and can confirm how soft each item of clothing is — and everything has washed well!

    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).

    27. 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 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 $7.99+ (available in women's sizes S–2XL and 26 styles).

    28. A ruffled miniskirt you can wear to show off a lil' leg — it is summer, after all.,

    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! I definitely recommend this skirt!" —Hannah Tyler

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes 4–10 and three styles).

    29. 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 $15.59+ (available in sizes S–3XL and 31 styles).

    30. A Disney-inspired tee featuring a reference to melting ice cream, because I honestly can't think of anything more appropriate to wear during a heat wave / while running around in the too-hot Florida sun at the Magic Kingdom.

    My Oh My Supply Co.

    I have an unimaginable amount of tees and sweatshirts from this shop! Everything I've purchased is soft, washes well, and is just freakin' cool. I like to pair my tees with an oversized cardigan for a cozy but still stylish outfit in the fall/winter and rock with a knot in the front during the hot summer months. My Oh My Supply Co. is a small business run by two incredibly talented ladies — one of whom is a member of my team at BuzzFeed, Ali Faccenda, and Lindsey Whalen. They create magical apparel you'll definitely want to add to your own collection of Disney items.

    Get it from My Oh My Supply Co. for $30 (available in unisex sizes S–2XL).

    31. 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 $15.12+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 10 styles).

    32. A flirty dress with a tie front and spaghetti straps you'll love so much that you'll want it in every single color., Amazon

    Promising review: "Love this dress. Pro tip: If you want your bust to look even better in the dress, get a push-up adhesive bra. Pull the ties across each other over the connecting part of the bra, and use two safety pins to hold [it] in place. THEN tie." —Kay

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 22 styles).

    Psst: This item is included in Prime Wardrobe, so you can give it a trial run if you're a member!

    33. 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 $13.99+ (available in sizes XS–L and 33 styles).

    34. 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 $13.41+ (available in sizes XS–3XL and 34 styles).

    35. Teva Hurricane Drift Sandals you'll find to be as comfortable as they are cute — get 'em in the mustard yellow color for an extra pop you didn't know your summer outfits needed.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I listened to reviews and sized down, I am usually a 6.5–7 and the 6 was spot on for me. Just wore 'em today and they were so light and comfy and I got multiple compliments on them!! Get them!" —GemaGem

    Get them from Urban Outfitters for $40 (available in sizes 7–10 and three styles)

    36. Pull-on denim shorts for when it's so hot the thought of having to deal with a zipper or buttons (gasp!) seems simply impossible.

    a model in pull on denim shorts

    Promising review: "These are very comfortable and perfect for the hot summer. Love the pockets" —Marla

    Get them from Nautica for $24.75 (available in sizes XS–2XL).

    37. A color-blocked one-piece or vibrant, cheeky two-piece from a celebrity-loved small business — if it's good enough for Kim K's Insta feed it's certainly good enough for yours!

    a model in a pink, yellow, and orange one-piece
    another mottle in a hot pink bathing suit top and thong red bottom
    Haus of Pinklemonaid

    I came across Haus of Pinklemonaid, an LGBTQ, Black, Asian-owned small business, after seeing Kim Kardashian rock one of their suits on her page. The owner, Andru Wallace, has created incredibly swimwear lines that celebs like Saweetie, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Kylie Jenner, Ashley Graham, and more have worn!

    Get them from Haus of Pinklemonaid: one-piece for $143 (available in sizes XS–XL), two-piece bikini for $129 (available in sizes XS–XL and two styles).

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

    Promising review: "Love this dresses. I have a few different colors. They can be worn casually, or dressed up with accessories. The material is soft and silky. Washes nice, I wash mine in the machine on cold and hang to dry, they still look new after several washes. This dress is definitely made for taller women, I'm 5'8" and I tie the front in a knot, the back still slightly touches the ground...but I like it that way." —Michelle Castillo

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 42 styles).

    39. bikini set featuring a one-shoulder top and high-waisted bottoms that won't give off Tarzan vibes (or at least that's what my husband calls every single one-shouldered item I own).

    Promising review: "I really like this bathing suit. It's well-made, thick, and very soft. The bottom does not slip and slide, but it is on the cheekier side. Because it's high-waisted, it accentuates me in all the right places. I would recommend this bathing suit; it's my favorite one I’ve ordered off of Amazon. Just bought one in another color." —peyton

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in women's sizes S–XL and 15 colors).

    40. A tank top made out of organic cotton you can count on to feel nice 'n' soft on your skin even when you're a self-proclaimed sweaty mess.

    a model in a mustard yellow tank top
    Mate the Label

    Promising review: "I bought this tank in true white, plum, and bone, and I absolutely love all three. The material is the most comfortable of anything I currently own. The fit is not too tight and not too loose. The straps are a perfect width for bras. The true white is sheer but my skin-colored bra did not show under it. It also washes very well when following the instructions. I'll be purchasing as many colors as I can!" —Madison S.

    Get it from Mate the Label for $52 (available in sizes XS–XL and 10 colors).

    41. A maxi dress that'll add a *pop* of pastel to your day without leaving you looking like an actual floral arrangement.

    Person is wearing a white and orange striped maxi dress

    Promising review: "Alright people! This is it!! This dress is sooooo flipping cute! The bottom hem is on the floor. I put a small knot at the bottom, and it looked cute, but I'll likely hem it — although, the right-length heels could really set it off too. The V-neckline worked for me with a regular bra, as well as a strappy yoga shelf bra. The body is ample, and the pockets are well placed, giving a look of sophistication. While the fabric is NOT cotton, it is lightweight with a hint of stretch for ease [with] pulling [it] over the shoulders. This would be great over a bikini, as well. I would recommend this for a cute summer look, just about any occasion." —LacieThings

    Get it from Amazon for $18.47+ (available in sizes S–2XL and 19 colors).

    42. A bikini trimmed with playful tassels so you can shimmy right into the pool — get ready to make a stylish splash!

    buzzfeed editor wearing the bathing suit in red white and blue
    a reviewer in a black bathing suit in white tassels
    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 to put sunscreen on your lil' exposed mid-section. I forgot and paid the price with a strip of not-so-cute red across my entire body. Ouch.

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in sizes 4–16 and 13 styles). it fall yet? I really hate being hot.

    The Walt Disney Company

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