Who said layering was reserved for winter? Temper the season’s fluctuating temperatures with lightweight layers that keep you cool and comfortable whatever the weather. While the slightest peep of warming sunshine will have the style set peeling back those heavy layers and shedding tights by the wayside, there’s no reason why summer layers can’t permit you the same sartorial freedom without the weight. Pair these lightweight fabrics and breezy materials with stylish separates to transition from the heat to the air-conditioning for strategic layering that meshes fresh summertime looks with functional coverage.
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Too soon to show of those gams that haven’t been exposed to sunlight since last season? No worries! You can still sport your favorite summer sundress over a pair of cropped pants to channel a tunic and trouser vibe until you're ready to shed some layers and expose some skin.
The little denim dress – a summer wardrobe essential this season – can be built for more coverage with the addition of a white oxford shirt to amp up its prep appeal.
Turtlenecks in summer? Yes, it can be done. Look to Victoria Beckham’s styling to take this piece out of your winter wardrobe and transition it into warmer weather.
Add as little or as many layers as you like by way of blazers and overcoats to peel back as much as needed when the temperatures shift.
Even if the temperatures have not hit their sweltering peak, you can still offer the slightest hint of skin with a simple sheer layer over a midriff-baring crop top.
Take crop tops to the corporate world with the addition of a short-sleeved jacket so you can still be season and office appropriate for summer.
Transform your everyday basic T-shirt with a vest for a polished and put-together look that easily updates this wardrobe staple.
While tanks and thin straps are quintessential summer wear, thin knit or sheer sweaters help to keep shoulders covered until it's time to strip them almost bare.
There’s no need to keep putting off wearing your sexy summer sundress anymore since you can easily layer on a mesh sweater or long-sleeved blouse to show it off with full coverage.
When the temperatures finally soar and the sun is consistently shining, you can still work layers into your everyday look with the introduction of small, effortless accessories like lightweight scarves. The more times you wrap them, twist them or knot them, the more layered they will appear.
Top off sheer shirts and crop tops with business-ready blazers for a lesson in office-ready dressing this summer.
If there is one seasonal staple and layer you should own, it is the blue jean jacket. Durable enough for everyday wear and heavy enough to even be worn in early fall, the transitional denim jacket is what you should be reaching for this summer whenever you feel a chill.
In the summer, it is always smart to carry a cardigan with you wherever you may go to help the shift between the outdoor heat and overly air-conditioned indoors.
Since lace and sheer fabrics are inherently see-through, and many of the pieces you’ll purchase this season won’t come with a lining, layer it up with slips and tanks that do the work for you and take the guesswork out of getting dressed for whatever the weather.