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What to Wear When It's Blistering Hot

Outfit inspiration for 100 degree days.
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I think that we can all agree that it's nearly impossible to look fashionable and cool while you're sweating through your outfit. Returning from my trip in humid Hawaii to 100+ degree days in Los Angeles felt like a cruel joke, but also provided me with the opportunity for some trial and error—and a chance to learn how to dress for the heat.

At our hotel in Hawaii, there was a wedding one night and I remember sitting with my mom casually watching all of the guests arrive down a long walkway. Most of the women were in full-length floral dresses, but then one woman breezed by us in a crop top and a high-wasted pair of flowy pants. She had her hair slicked back into a low ponytail and good statement earrings. She looked infinitely chicer—and more comfortable—than the women touting blowouts and predictable floral dresses. From that moment, I began leaning into hair accessories, opting for simple outfits with a fun headscarf or headband, finished with gold jewelry and a cool lip to pull the outfit together even more, without the need for an additional layer. Read on for some of my favorite breathable looks for summer—from a linen wrap skirt to must-have two-piece sets—and the accessories to pair them with:

What to Wear When It's Blistering Hot _Roundup

1.,2., A Bright Gingham Set Top ($118) and Bottom ($110): A two-piece set that's so pretty and bright, accessories are optional (though a chunky gold bracelet would look fantastic against the yellow). 

3., 4., Steele Aster Crop Top ($139) and Pants ($179): Looks so crisp and professional, no one needs to know you're sweating underneath. 

5., 6. Easy Linen Top ($155) with Lightweight Chinos ($55): Pants aren't always the easiest thing to wear when it's hot out, but chinos are a great lightweight option that are also office-friendly. 

7., 8., Linen Cropped Set Top ($139) and Pants ($189): This versatile set is perfect for whatever your Saturday holds, whether running errands, heading to brunch, or lounging on the beach. 

9., 10. Ruched Bikini Top ($60, on sale) with White Wrap Skirt ($69): A trick for sweat-proof tops? Consider a bikini that doubles as an cute summer tank when paired with a simple skirt. 

11., 12. Basic Tank ($58) and Rainbow Skirt ($148): This cotton midi skirt is breathable, with a slim fit on top that widens into a relaxed hem. Throw on with a strappy sandal to finish the look.

13., 14., Flowy Button Down ($148) with White Linen Shorts ($190): Linen is simply the best fabric for summer, since it's so breathable and stays cool. Pair a colorful linen top with high-waisted shorts in the same fabric.

15., 16., Cropped Tank Top ($70) with Side Seam Pants ($123): These high-waisted pants have a secret side-seam that make them breathable and summer-friendly. 

17., 18., Breathable Long-Sleeve Blouse ($95) with Denim Skirt ($128): Denim skirts are an obvious summer staple that get a little cooler when you pair them with a romantic blouse in the prettiest pastel purple.

19., Throw-on-and-Go Dress ($175): When in doubt, go with a throw-on-and-go dress, then add a bandana to your hair for a sweet touch.