When the weekly forecast predicts temperatures of 90 degrees and above, the thought of wearing anything but an easy summer frock isn’t always the most appealing. But for those who don’t like to wear a dress every day or are sick of all the styles you own (we don’t blame you!), it’s time to find an alternative means of surviving the heat. The solution? Reconsidering wardrobe basics in lightweight, summer-approved options. From linen suiting to open weave knits, to skirts that can tolerate a cool breeze, it’s time to give your tried-and-true dresses a well-deserved break.
The shorts suit trend has been a favorite among street style stars and is the smartest way to transition the pantsuit into something suitable for summertime. Matching trouser shorts to your blazer is an easy solution to dressing professionally without overheating, and is a stylish way to be prepared for chilly offices and cold restaurants. The best part? These styles were made with warm weather in mind, using lightweight fabrics like the ultimate summer favorite, linen. Although if you wish to keep to the classic pantsuit silhouette, there are plenty of options that include loose-fitting and lightweight trousers to complete the look.
Know Your Knits
There’s nothing worse than sweating through your clothing. To avoid this, try breathable knits and free yourself from starchy poplins and stiff denim. This assortment of tops, skirts, and pants are not only soft to touch, but comfortable on the body: ideal for those unbearably hot days.
For hot and sticky days, avoiding tight and clingy clothing is key. For the pant enthusiast, we recommend wide-leg trousers in lightweight fabrics like linen and silk moiré that are loose down the whole leg. What’s more, they’ll look great with one of the knit tanks above—and even better with a short-sleeve blouse below.