Looking put together doesn’t always come easy. Now add humidity, sweltering heat and other up and down temperature factors to the mix. The result? A combination that could potentially be disastrous to any style, no matter how fashionable you usually are. Avoid falling into the weather-victim category by incorporating smart and stylish pieces that will help you look both cool and polished as the summer heat wave strikes.
Slip into a roomy dress that won't stick to your body, preferably one with a drawstring waist, which feels less restrictive on your skin, especially in the sweltering heat.
Catch the Breeze
When the heat is feeling particularly oppressive, try to catch every available breeze by opting for an untucked lace blouse, which is a very breathable material. To create shape and add polish simply cinch your top with a thin leather belt.
tFS Pick: MM Couture $79
If work packs on the AC and leaves you feeling like an icicle in your summery wardrobe, add a lightweight crepe jacket that lets you control the temperature as you go in and out of the office. Also, a great way to polish summery outfits that veer on the casual side.
tFS Pick: Loft Peplum Back Crepe Jacket $98
Bag to the Rescue
At work, carry a polished bag that is spacious enough to store an extra top in case of a weather mishap, an extra cardigan when it gets cooler and even a change of shoes when your swollen feet are killing you. Choose a bright hue to punch up your work-wardrobe.
Keep Your Toes Cool
Gladiator sandals will keep your feet cool when on the go, and also show off your pretty pedicure. Opt for a metallic hue as they tend to be more versatile when pairing with different outfits.
tFS Pick: Topshop Fran Heavy Sole Sandals $120
The Flirty Cover-Up
Not ready to embrace swimsuit season just yet but still want to look like you're on vacation? Opt for a slimming tunic you can wear over your swimsuit while hanging out by the pool or out sightseeing. Try a flirty eyelet cover-up that keeps you looking polished all while showing small hints of skin.
tFS Pick: Tory Burch Luna Cover-Up $295
Party Without Cling
If you're heading to an outdoor party that calls for elegant attire, look for dresses that flare slightly, rather than cling to your body, which can be a total disaster when humidity hits a high note. Scooped or square necks are also great as they tend to be more breathable than closed ones.
Cool Off With Silver
Forget heavy embellished jewelry, opt for lighter pieces like thin long strands and small pendants. If you prefer a bolder look, go for pieces with a cool silver finish—a metal that looks great when paired with summer whites and other neutrals.