I get it, it's really really hot outside. The hardest thing to do in the heat is look fashionable and put-together. Believe it or not, layering can be great for the summer to make any outfit instantly more interesting, and to take you comfortably from the stifling heat to the blasting air conditioning.
Here are five ways to try layering in the summer heat!
1. Slip dress + oversize tee + layered necklaces.
Slip dresses are perfect for the heat because they won't stick to your body, are lightweight, and can easily look casual or elegant depending on how you style them. Stick to an option that's strappy but not too low cut, and hits just above or to your knee to avoid looking like you're wearing lingerie. Wear a shortsleeve tee underneath, or if that isn't your thing, a looser tee over the dress, and layer necklaces over the tee. Not required but pretty cute: tie a chambray shirt around your waist to cinch the waist of the dress.
2. Sleeveless romper + sheer blouse
Little strappy rompers are great for the summer, but can often leave you feeling quite bare. Layer a simple romper under a sheer blouse; Candice Swanepoel's is a button-up shirt, which works, but I'm suggesting a pullover, more dressy silk or silky blouse. The top will make the little romper look more appropriate for a number of settings, and will dress it up. Just add strappy heeled sandals.
3. Mini dress + longsleeved button up tied around the waist.
This combo is perfect for taking an average little sundress to a more fashionable level, and giving some depth with mixed prints or fabrics. Try a chambray, pinstripe, or army print shirt tied around your waist to act as a pseudo-belt and cinch your dress in at your narrowest point. When you go inside into the air-conditioning, untie the shirt and button it up over your dress so you just see the skirt hanging below.
4. Overall shorts + tank underneath + lightweight jacket or button up open over.
Overall shorts are best elevated with pretty and feminine tops underneath. Wear a lightweight tank, preferably with lace, scallopping, or other sweet details, under your overalls, and add a statement necklace to complete. To really add to the look and protect you from air conditioners, wear a lightweight (like really lightweight) jacket or a button up shirt as a jacket, open over the overalls. Bonus points if you pick a denim jacket or shirt to work denim on denim.
5. Sheer top + sports bra + a-line skirt.
This look is just athletic enough, just girly enough, and should keep you nice and cool. A-line skirts of all kinds are trusty summer staples to make an outfit look put-together while allowing a very necessary breeze. The sheer top should hang over the skirt casually, revealing the sporty bra top beneath. Slide sandals or mules complete the casual cool look.