10 Ways to Look Cool When It's Hot Outside

FlickrIt's August, the hottest, sweatiest month of the year.

At some point every August, I generally abandon all attempts at looking fashionable, because what's the point? Everything I wear gets pit stains. My hair goes limp in the humidity, no matter what I do to it. And I sweat my makeup off five minutes after I apply it.


That said, I have adapted a few techniques to fight back against the heat and stay stylish in the summertime. And today, I'm going to share them with you.



1. Invest in inexpensive sleeveless cotton dresses. The only good news about August (besides the fact that school starts -- YAY) is that it's a GREAT time to invest in a summer wardrobe for this season and next. Every store is offering deep discounts right now on its summer stuff, and that's why I generally hit up LOFT each August for a bunch of cotton dresses for the days when I'm running around with the kids. This Twist Bodice Sleeveless Dress (LOFT, $27.92) is one I just picked up on deep discount -- it was originally $50.


2. Splurge on a pair of cute and super-comfortable sandals. Each summer, I've learned to spend up if I have to in order to find sandals that are both pretty AND very, very comfortable. This year, I chose these Born Venetia Sandals (Piperlime, $59.99), and you're lucky they're on sale. I paid $115 for mine at the beginning of the season. Honestly, the price was worth it to me. They feel like I'm walking on air.


3. Beat the heat in a stylish maxi dress. I love maxi dresses when it's hot outside. They work during the day and at night. Unless you're a rail, choose styles that give your waist definition just below the bust, like this Townsen Maxi Dress (Shopbop, $123.20). I chose this particular dress for the post because it would be flattering on lots of figures, but you can find similar maxi dresses that are much less expensive right now at all the department stores.



4. Embrace your messy summer hair with Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray (Sephora, $25). This spray had been recommended to me for ages, and now I know why. It has become a summer staple! Put a little Surf Spray in your hair and scrunch it for messy, beachy waves that'll make it look like you just came in from an afternoon by the ocean. Surf Spray helps me embrace the horrible humidity. Love it.


5. Buy a Miraclesuit on discount now and look 10 pounds thinner at the pool. I'm on high alert for this Sonatina Miraclesuit (Bloomingdale's, $142) to go on sale somewhere this summer. I saw a woman in it recently at a waterpark and she looked HOT. Miraclesuits really do make you look great -- I like picking them up a the end of the season, when you can find them for up to 50% off their regular price.

Sally Hansen

6. Play up your legs with Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs. This leg makeup is around $8 at your local drugstore and it's worth every penny. Spray some on and your legs will look absolutely flawless. This is another summer staple for me. I'm a total klutz and my legs always have nicks and bruises. This spray covers them all right up!


7. Seek out pretty barrettes to keep your hair off your face and neck. No, I can't afford this Pluie Starfish Barrette (Shopbop, $125) either, but it's really gorgeous, isn't it? It inspires me to look for less expensive barrettes that are equally beautiful. I can totally NOT wear my hair down right now because ... gross.


8. Try out the summer trends with a pair of shorts. Floral's hot this season. Why not rock the look in a cute pair of floral shorts like these Alice +Olivia Shorts (Shopbop, $73.20)? They're much cooler than a dress or skirt.

Neiman Marcus

9. Invest in a pair of designer sunglasses to up your hot weather style ante. I'm lusting after these Prada Cat-Eye Sunglasses (Neiman Marcus, $245). If you've got a little extra cash on hand, I highly recommend a pair of designer sunglasses that suit your budget. Whether you spend $50 or $250, you'll feel a little more put together every time you wear them.

Ralph Lauren

10. Are you a working mom? Look for sleeveless, machine washable dresses like this Drape Front Matte Jersey Dress (Ralph Lauren, $134). I LIVED in dresses like this one when I was covering the presidential election last summer. They travel well, too, and when the weather gets cooler, you can simply throw a jacket or cardigan on top.

Any tips you'd like to add? Share them in the comments!


Images (top to bottom): pranav/Flickr, LOFT, Piperlime, Shopbop, Sephora, Bloomingdale's, Sally Hansen, Shopbop, Shopbop, Neiman Marcus, Ralph Lauren

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