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    39 Stylish Things To Wear When It's Basically 1,000 Degrees Out

    Easy + breezy, because summer is FAR from over.

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    1. A sleeveless chiffon dress to wear when not only your ~palms~ are sweaty.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL (one pattern available up ti size 4X) and 26 patterns).

    Promising review: "This dress looked exactly like the picture and fit great. Material didn't feel cheap. I'm 5'10" and normally wear a size small so I'm always a little worried about dresses being too short on me. This was the exact length I was expecting." —Erin

    2. A matching co-ord set for those days it's too humid to even think about matching a top and a bottom. ::gazes longingly at sweaters::


    Get the set from Torrid for $36.39 (available in sizes M–6X).

    Promising review: "I ordered this online and was hesitant, but this two-piece is amazing! It flows and doesn’t hug area too tight. I can’t wait to take this on vacation. Love love love it!!" —Jess604

    3. A tie-back trapeze tank to add a little extra style to your athleisure lewks, whether you're working out or just stepped outside and are sweating as if you *are* working out.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 11 colors and styles). You can also get packs of two tops for $19.99!

    Promising review: "Greatest find ever! It fits perfectly, is so soft and comfortable, and I can literally wear with every workout outfit and every pair of leggings. I get compliments every time I wear this and everyone wants to know where to find them." —Michelle Dailey

    4. A loose-fitting maxi dress with a scoop back and an oversized cut for the perfect combo of style and ventilation.

    Aaaaaaand pockets!

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in sizes XS–L and six colors).

    Promising review: "I love the way the dress fits. It's loose, but sits on the shoulders nicely. It's perfect to throw on when you don't know what to wear. The fabric is nice and heavy and quality-feeling. Love the pockets!" —Mindy N.

    5. A leopard-print romper so you can have a picnic in the park without flashing everyone your undies. Thanks, shorts!

    Free People

    Get it from Free People for $98 (available in sizes XS–L and in a red geometric print)

    6. Flowy, cactus-print shorts with a stretchy waistband that prove it's ~breezy~ being green.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 10 prints).

    Promising review: "I’m a curvy gal and I hate shorts. Most are obscenely short or not flared enough to balance out actual hips, and don’t even get me started on Bermuda shorts. That said, these shorts are perfection. Soft, mid-thigh length, soft lace detail, and incredibly lightweight and comfortable. I was worried the lace would be some itchy nylon something or other but it’s a lovely pattern as rather soft. These are a WIN!" —J. Selby

    7. A tiered babydoll dress in a super-lightweight fabric you'll basically float around in all summer.


    Get it from American Eagle for $49.95 (available in sizes XXS–XXL, short, regular, and long).

    8. A high-waisted skirt you'll want to take for a twirl every time the heat index makes you ~pleat~ for fall to come sooner.,

    Especially because you can wear this then too!

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and six colors).

    Promising review: "I wanted to love this skirt, and I DO! It's one of the most worn items in my closet, from wintertime with sweaters to spring with beautiful blouses. The skirt is a nice heavy material that allows for beautiful hang and flow. It doesn't wrinkle and even packs beautifully without wrinkling. This skirt is a closet staple." —Cait

    9. Navy tailored shorts with a rope belt for a little nautical detail so you can pretend you're off for a lovely sail. Ah that ocean breeze — how refreshing!

    Forever 21

    Get them from Forever 21 for $16.03 (originally $22.90; available in sizes 0X–3X).

    10. A sleek midi sheath dress you can unbutton as needed to shorten or extend the slit.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and four colors).

    Promising review: It fits beautifully! Not too tight, not too loose. It's nice, lightweight fabric (great for spring and summer) but not too thin or see-through. The button detailing is unique and fun. I've gotten lots of compliments. I highly recommend this dress!" —Richard Harvey

    11. A scalloped crop top made of a lightweight fabric to keep you cool but dressy; be prepared to wear it with all the shorts and skirts you own.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in sizes XS–3X (depending on color) and 31 colors, patterns, and styles).

    Promising review: "This top fit perfectly and is the cutest little racerback cropped top. The color is a gorgeous burgundy. The scallop detailing is very cute. I expected this top to be like a cotton material but it is actually looks like a more dressy material. It would be perfect to pair with a high waisted skirt for a night out. Would recommend for the price." —Mindy N.

    12. A retro halterneck romper you can also wear a a 'gram-worthy bathing suit coverup at the beach.


    Get it from Aerie for $23.98 (originally $59.95; available in sizes XXS–XXL and in a red plaid).

    Promising review: "I have a curvy build. This romper was extremely comfortable. I wore it to an outdoor concert on a 90 degree day. The tie of the halter did not give me any discomfort either. Great purchase. Also I received many compliments while wearing it as to how cute it was." —Chris

    13. A shift dress that'll give the cold shoulder to any buildings without air-conditioning. And this neon green? So on-trend!

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 22 colors, plus a few long-sleeve styles).

    Promising review: "This dress is SO cute, and you can't beat the price! It is not a cheap, thin material, but it actually feels very expensive. Great quality and very flattering on. It's also not quite as short as it looks in the picture (at least it isn't on me — I am 5'6"), which is great because I am wearing it to a work event." —Alyssa Creed

    14. A pair of striped chambray drawstring shorts for all the look of denim cutoffs, but with none of the heat-trapping tightness. You know what I'm talking about.


    Get them from Target for $17 (available in sizes XS–XXL).

    15. A slinky little going-out tank with gorgeous lace straps to make people think you splurged on it. Instead? It's so cheap you don't even mind sweating profusely in it.


    Get it from Amazon for $6.98+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 18 colors).

    Promising review: "Absolutely loved this top - the look, the material, the fit! Super versatile - great for a night out or a camisole under a business jacket for a work event. Great quality and price — I want in more colors!" —Karissa Campbell

    16. A red cocktail dress so you can look ~hot~ without overheating. And shoutout to the bow and adjustable spaghetti straps for the perfect fit!

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes XS–L and nine colors).

    Promising review: "Very cute dress. The straps are adjustable, which helps form fit many shapes and it’s very stretchy and comfortable. You obviously cannot wear a bra so maybe bra cups would work for those in need. Great style and shape for the price." —4wheelfrizz

    17. A linen mini for a modern twist on a '90s can wear every time it reaches 90°.


    Get it from Nordstrom for $45 (available in sizes XXS—4X and six colors and patterns).

    18. Lightweight linen drawstring shorts you'll basically live in all summer.

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in sizes 2–24, nine colors, and two lengths).

    Promising review: "Love these! I have as hard time finding shorts that are long enough but still cute and not too baggy. These were perfect! Plus they're not a jeans material so they're breathable enough to take to the lake!" —Karissa U.

    19. A sheer t-shirt dress for just the right goth-chic vibes when the mercury is pushing 100°.


    Get it from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and cour colors).

    Promising review: "Cute, comfy, and perfect for concerts! Helps if you want to cover up but not worry about overheating. Looks cute on top of any outfit!" —Cassidy U

    20. A floaty shift that'll be perfect to throw on when you just don't know what to wear. A barely-touching-your-bod cut + tailored buttons = chicness even in the summer

    Get it from Mango for $59.99 (available in sizes 2–8 and in black).

    21. A button-down tank sure to look perfectly chic on it's own outside. Then when you head inside your freezing office? It'll look stylish and put-together under a sweater or blazer too!

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98 (available in sizes S–XXL and 24 colors and patterns).

    Promising review: "I ordered one, as soon as I got it, I went back and ordered three more. These tops are awesome, they are flowy, straps are adjustable, besides a bra (or not), no need to wear anything underneath. This is really nice (non-see-through material) just throw on and go — with jeans, shorts, skirts, leggings, or just as a bathing suit cover, anything goes. Ladies this one is a must have for summer." —RFL

    22. A tailored, bustier-cut romper for easy dressing on days when even hearing the weather report stresses you out.

    Urban Outiftters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $69 (available in sizes XS–L).

    23. A chambray wrap slip dress, because wearing *actual jeans is soooooooo not an option.


    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in sizes S–XXL).

    Promising review: "You never know the quality or fit for clothing by manufacturers you have never heard of and more times than not, I've been sorry I made the purchase. Not this time! Great quality, the material is soft and has some stretch and it fits true to size. Very happy with the purchase and such a good deal." —Kindle Customer

    24. A tie-front midi dress in a linen-blend fabric to keep you cold, but a hue so bright, you'll outshine the very SUN ITSELF!


    Get it from ModCloth for $75 (available in sizes XXS–4X).

    25. A two-piece crop top and mini skirt that's BEGGING to go on vacation for you. This is what this duo is MADE FOR!!

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–L and 17 colors).

    Promising review: "I wasn’t expecting much from this set, but I was pleasantly surprised. The material is super soft, a little stretchy, very breathable. The outfit is really cute, whether it’s worn together or separate. I can’t wait to wear it to the beach!!" —Sabrina

    26. A sleeveless swing dress you'll want to buy in all 14 colors and wear every day. The dog days of summer are only ahead of us, folks. 😓

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 23 colors and patterns).

    Promising review: "PERFECT! PERFECT! PERFECT! Love this dress. It even has pockets!! I will be buying another. I am 5'8" and this hits me right above the knee. The fabric is soft and comfortable and the fit was perfect." —Amazon Customer

    27. A highlighter-yellow cami with a flowy fit that's perfect for layering over or tucking into shorts and skirts.


    Get it from Torrid for $27.23 (originally $38.90 available in sizes M–6X).

    Promising review: "It caught my eye immediately and I had to have it. I love the feel of the fabric and it looks amazing on. I have received so many compliments from this tank top." —JunebugHannah

    28. A 1960s-inspired A-line dress for those days you wish the temperature was also in the '60s.

    Bonus: IT HAS POCKETS!

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 21 patterns).

    Promising review: "I can dress this up and wear it to work with a little sweater, or I can wear it to the beach! I absolutely love this little dress. It is lined so it's not see-through, but it's very lightweight! I wore it one night to dinner in Mexico. It was hot and humid, so this dress with a pair of heels was perfect!" —Jody

    29. An open maxi dress with shorts underneath to amp up the drama but not the temperature.,

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in sizes S–3X and 10 colors and patterns).

    Promising review: "This is amazing! I never thought it would work on me because of my height (I'm 5'3"), but with wedges it's perfect! I wore it to a bunch of graduation celebrations and got tons of compliments on its uniqueness. The material is really light and comfortable. It may be prone to wrinkles, but it's not noticeable with the pattern." —Ann

    30. A tie-front eyelet blouse I'm suddenly just obsessed with. If you like a summertime sleeve without the heat factor, this is it!


    Get it from Abercrombie for $40.60 (originally $58; available in sizes XXS–XL).

    31. A button-down dress in a lovely floral print to keep the dream of spring alive. 😭 Gone, but not forgotten.

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in sizes 0X–4X and 15 colors and patterns).

    Promising review: "This dress is really beautiful. Fit was true to size and it’s so comfortable and flowy. Its an easy pack for vacation. Ordering soon in all colors. I love this dress!!!" —Jbwa

    32. A loose off-the-shoulder blouse for anyone who likes a little sleeve without a lot of sweat.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and in black).

    Promising review: "This top is soooooo good! Been looking for one this style for some time now and thought I'd take a chance on this one and it completely exceeded my expectations! I expected the fabric to be stiff and itchy but it's this really soft gauze that's flexible and flowy, and the trim is soft crochet, not stiff scratchy lace like I was expecting! I seriously LOVE this top and can't wait to wear it with high waisted jeans, soft cotton shorts, or a floral maxi skirt — it's just perfect!" —BB

    33. An open-back maxi dress you can wear to those outdoor summer weddings that might be sweltering.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 18 patterns).

    Promising review: "I would have paid four times as much for a dress this beautiful. Fabric is light and breezy and so comfortable to wear. I received so many compliments at our seashore town's mayors ball and felt beautiful in the dress! No sideboob but wore one of those push-up side-stick bras from Victoria's Secret." —Karolyn

    34. A barely-there oversized dress that'll be nightgown-chic — without any nightsweats.


    Get it from Allsaints for $180 (available in sizes XS–L).

    35. A t-shirt dress you will *knot* regret purchasing. T-shirt comfort, but with a little step up in cool girl style.


    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in sizes S–3X and five colors).

    Promising review: "Loved this dress and the fit is just perfect! The cut outs are in a good spot that give the dress an extra 'pop' for a fun night out. The fabric is super lightweight and will add some cute shoes and be set for a night out." —mallory

    36. A citrus print crop top and skirt set that'll feel more refreshing than a glass of ice-cold lemonade.,

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and two prints).

    Promising review: "This ensemble is such a cute summery getup! The fabric is thick, yet light and airy and is not see through. I am thoroughly impressed with this lovely summer outfit!" —Ellen Bjerga

    37. An off-the-shoulder mini dress — but unlike most O-T-S clothing, this one actually STAYS PUT when you raise your arms. Oh, and it checks off basically every other Perfect Dress box, too.

    BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    Let me yell about this dress real quick: I LOVE IT SO MUCH WOW!!!!!! It's really everything you want a dress to be — let me count the ways. It basically doesn't even touch your bod in a lovely, floaty way, making it breezy in sweltering weather. It falls into the category of what I call a "buffet dress," meaning it's voluminous and non-constricting so you can go out to dinner and eat a massive meal without needing to unzip/unbutton/suffer generally. IT. HAS. POCKETS. The off-the-shoulder elastic is neither too tight or too loose, and even when you raise your arms to grab the subway pole (gross), it doesn't ride up your shoulders and sit around your neck.

    Get it from Free People for $98 (available in sizes XS–L and four colors)

    38. A twist back tee that'll accomplish two important summertime tasks: 1. add some nice ventilation 2. help you make dramatic exits from every room you walk into.


    Get it from Eloquii for $39.95 (available in sizes 14/16–26/28 and in black).

    39. A stretchy mini with a tie at the waist to make picking out your outfit a ~cinch~.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in sizes 4/6–12/14 and five colors).

    Promising review: "Comfy and looks professional! I love this dress, so easy to just throw on and go to work. Comfortable and classy!" —Lu

    The struggle is real, guys.

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