Thigh chafing, sticky feet, sweaty pit stains; these are just some of the annoyances we have to endure in hot weather. Which is why when our eyes catch a glimpse of predicted 85+ temperatures, it’s impossible to even know what to wear. If you’re going to sweat in everything, it almost feels like it doesn’t even matter. But there are a few solutions to prevent summer from turning you into a human puddle.
First, there are the classic tips: wear light colors, stay away from heavy materials, try men’s deodorant for a change. But we’re providing some lesser known options, like investing in a Grade A multipurpose towel or taking a spin at side-snap jeans. You don’t have to forget your love of summer just because the July humidity has decided to wreak its annual havoc on the world. These smart dressing tips will keep you on your feet until you land in front of an open storefront blasting A/C.
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Perforations are your best friend in a summer. A knit dress like this will take you from happy hour to vacation all without breaking much of a sweat.
Mango, $99.99, available at Mango
Bike shorts, who? While that trend has been the name of the game, we’re leaning more towards long athletic shorts that are both breezy and combat any dreaded heat-induced thigh chafing.
ASOS, $29, available at ASOS
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Protect yourself from harmful rays and keep cool with this sporty, breathable cap.
NFL New Era Oakland Raiders NFL Training Grey 9Twenty Adjustable Cap, $30.00, available at New Era.
A good multipurpose beach towel goes a long way in the summer. You can use it as a cover-up, lounge on it by the pool, or make it an impromptu picnic blanket. Don’t skimp on investing in a quality option this year.
Eau Club, $45, available at Eau Club
These stretchy kick flares have the best secret: They’re made of 28% lycra and are highly resistant to heat and chlorine. Slip these on post-swim to combat the sun rays and the warm weather while still looking chic.
Rendl, $151.66, available at Rendl
Our little summer secret? Off-the-shoulder everything. It keeps sweaty armpit stains at bay that would otherwise be visible with tight-fitted arms.
Kitri, $182, available at Kitri
Speaking of towels, try your hand at the ultimate sweat wicking footwear: terrycloth sandals. Made up with an espadrille sole and a medium-density foam sole, you’ll never want to take these outdoor-friendly shoes off.
Mara & Mine, $250, available at Mara & Mine
These snap-buttons jeans let you customize how much leg to flaunt for optimal breathability.
3×1, $425, available at 3×1
Skip the back sweat that comes with lugging around a backpack or tote bag around all day. A cute mini bags helps to reenforce the idea of minimizing your life while maximizing your level of literal cool.
Pop & Suki, $235, available at Pop & Suki
White before Labor Day is an old school idea with good reason. The light hue helps reflect off light to keep you cool and collected in even the most intense heat.
Where Mountains Meet, $495, available at Where Mountains Meet
Leave the denim cut-offs at home. Instead, opt for a pair of cotton shorts that’ll keep you feeling light all day long.
Ganni, $125, available at Ganni
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