06/29/2010 01:51 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Style Tips for Hotter-Than-Hell Days

We haven't checked the thermometer yet, but we're pretty sure it's a million and one degrees outside and the only sartorial thoughts going through our mind is how close to naked we can get without getting cited for indecent exposure. But just because it is ridiculously hot doesn't mean that you should give up on looking good. We're here to help you beat the summer heat with some next-to-naked looks. Check it out, because summer dressing just got a whole lot cooler.


Carry around quick-fixes with you—Keep your purse stocked with on-the-go beauty products like rejuvenating facial spritzes, discreet deodorants, and insoles that help your sandals wick away the sweat. These easy-to-carry beauty products are bound to carry you from a boiling summer day to a sizzling hot night.

Clockwise, from left: Papier Poudré Powdered Blotting Paper, $3.65 the book of 65 sheets, available at Beauty Habit; La Fresh Tea Tree Deodorant Wipes, $3.49 the pack of 12, available at La Fresh Group; DermaDoctor Medicated Anti-Perspirant Wipes, $48 the pack of 30, available at Sephora; Caudalíe Beauty Elixir Spray, $16, available at Caudalíe Paris; Summer Soles Ultra-Absorbant Residue-Free Insoles, $8 each, available at Summer Soles; Paul & Joe Blotting Papers, $5, available at Beauty Habit; Clinique Face Spray, $20, available at Clinique.


Choose a dress with built-in ventilation—The scorching sun is bound to leave you gasping for air. Dare to bare a little skin in a flirty (but functional!) cut-out dress or tank. After all, nothing says summer like cooling down by showing off.

From left: Silence and Noise Open Back Tank, $48, available at Urban Outfitters; Opening Ceremony Swing Dress, $257.60, available at Creatures of Comfort; Noble Youth Tropez Dress, $220, available at Noble Youth; Diesel Backless Minidress, $109.91, available at ASOS.


Opt for silk in printed patterns—We love silk for steamy, sticky days—but how can you avoid sweat-stain nightmares? Choose a cute floral design or colorful print. Whether it's a dress, romper, or mini-shorts, you'll be worry free in a stylish, forget-me-not, pattern.

From left: Rachel Comey Tank, $289, available at La Garçonne; What Goes Around Comes Around Silk Floral Romper, $363.54, available at ASOS; Lucca Couture Scallop Short, $48, available at Urban Outfitters; Madewell Floaty Cami Print Dress, $250, available at Madewell.


Play with proportions in roomy tops—It is all about creating your own summer breeze by pairing an off-the-body crop top, tunic, or button-down with some micro bottoms. With this easy go-to outfit, 3-digit temperatures won't leave your shirt soaked as soon as you leave your AC-ed abode.

From left: American Apparel Loose-Back Tank, $22, available at American Apparel; Topshop Leather Flower Crop Top, $55, available at Topshop; Pixie Market Trapeze Top, $82, available at Pixie Market; Vanessa Bruno Cropped Jersey T-Shirt, $48, available at The Outnet; Joie Rizzo Tank, $194, available at Shopbop.

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