In the midst of a heat wave that makes it hotter than Hades, it’s natural to start stripping down and simplifying your style to get rid of excess layers. In doing so, the quintessential summer uniform consists of three pieces of clothing or less and usually involves some sort of sleeveless top or tank that exposes your arms. While shedding some extra material might help keep you cool, the question remains: how can you still look put-together in various states of undress?
This season, your tank top gets a polished upgrade thanks to a number of designers, including Thakoon, Herve Leger, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Rag & Bone. By pairing the essential tank with proper bottoms that cover up as much as they keep you cool, it’s easy to look stylish without overheating. It seems the higher waisted your skirt, shorts, skinny jeans or palazzo pants, the closer you are to achieving perfection with fewer layers. Whether your tank is spaghetti strapped, racerback or cropped, these runway and street style looks offer inspiration on how to make the sticky, humid heat all the more bearable.