Maybe you’ve repressed the week-long heat wave of every August past — or the time your AC broke just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Sure, we’re still a good two months away from the dog days of summer, but it’s always good to be prepared. Sartorially, that means stocking up on breezy dresses and separates you can wear well into the season.
Your best bet is to look for breathable fabrics like cotton poplin and linen — but don’t shun anything that falls outside those parameters. Lightweight pieces like a mesh maxi skirt, a backless tank, or even a button-down with a bit of stretch also fit the bill.
Sleeveless Button-Down Shirt
You’ll probably remember the pain and sweat that a week of 90-plus-degree weather can bring. This’ll make it more bearable.
Hand-crocheted with cellulose-based fibers, these open-knit pants are about as ventilated as it gets. They’re perfect for the beach — but look just as chic styled under a midi dress, too.
Keep this double-breasted twill blazer on hand for chilly summer evenings.
Knit Tank Top
This ribbed knit tank has mixed halter straps for a little visual appeal. Wear it under your favorite summer suit for a look that’s office- and weekend-appropriate.
Everyone should have a cotton poplin shirt dress in their wardrobe, so why not this light blue number?
Made from triacetate, these pants won’t wrinkle as much as silk or linen — but are just as comfortable.
This cropped embroidered linen top is surprisingly versatile: Wear it to the office with high-waisted trousers — and then pack it to complete a vacation look, too.
A boxy denim jacket is the perfect solution for air-conditioned offices.
This ‘90s-inspired trend is one of 2023’s biggest. Get in on it with this mesh skirt — which features artwork by Brook Hsu and doubles as a beach coverup — from Berlin’s Ottolinger.
Draped Tank Top
You’ll want to stock up on these tissue tanks: Anything made from Supima cotton jersey is about as breathable as it gets.
This square neck dress boasts a breathable eyelet-like embroidered design.
Semi-sheer leggings become ten times more wearable when they’re paired with a tunic or mini dress.
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