How to Survive a Summer Heat Wave and Still Look Cute (It's Possible!)
STOCK UP ON ESSENTIALS
The number one thing you'll want to do is stock your wardrobe with an empire-waist dress in a busy pattern, like Jenna Dewan-Tatum's Ulla Johnson number. It's flowy while still being flattering, and the print will camouflage any sweat!
Look for Less: Forever 21 floral print maxi, $27.90; forever21.com
REFAIN FROM HEELS
Let's face it, nothing is worse than slipping and sliding in shoes because your feet are sweating up a storm. (Hello, blisters!) An ankle-strap flat prevents too much movement and is almost as comfy as a flip-flop. Pick a cute embellished style, like the Bionda Castana pair seen on the queen of flats, Karlie Kloss.
Look for Less: Marc Fisher 'Silvia' slingback flat, $96.90; nordstrom.com
AMP UP YOUR MAXI
A long jersey dress can cling to your body in some sweat-prone spots (which is not a good look when it's coming from every pore). So channel Rachel Zoe by finding one that's lined and ridiculously airy (hers is a caftan style from the Net-a-Porter Rachel Zoe Collection capsule).
Look for Less: Free People modern kimono dress, $168; freepeople.com
GIVE THE COLD SHOULDER
Wearing standard cut-offs with a tank is a no-brainer, but you're missing out on an even cuter pairing (as seen on Shay Mitchell): an off-the-shoulder blouse. It instantly gives the look some heat, without any increase to your actual body temperature.
Look for Less: Mango poplin top, $49.99; mango.com
BRING ON THE BUTTON-DOWNS
Vanessa Hudgens' L'Academie shirtdress is easy to slip on and off, has an adjustable sleeve length (which is ideal for chilly offices with blasting AC) and is one of those one-and-done outfits.
Look for Less: French Connection chambray shirtdress, $128; nordstrom.com
ONE AND DONE
When the thought using a zipper or buttons makes you sweat just thinking about it, opt for the airy, elastic waistband of a romper, just like Lily Collins in Misa.
Look for Less: American Eagle floral wrap front romper, $39.95; ae.com
We all know babydoll dresses are easy, breezy styles, but to add a little sex appeal to the girlie piece, go for a peek-a-boo style bra or bralette underneath, like Sara Sampaio did with her Gooseberry Intimates lace number.
Look for Less: Lulu's Rhiannon black lace babydoll dress, $48; lulus.com
BLACK IS BEST
And if you just can't summon the energy to put together an outfit at all, you can never go wrong with sticking to all-black everything. Heidi Klum's Nili Lotan halter is a perfect no-frills go-to, equally cute with tons of fun accessories or none at all.
Look for Less: White House Black Market halter asymmetric soft dress, $89.99; whitehouseblackmarket.com