what to wear to: beat the heat

This is a guest post from Erika Riggs of Rouge and Whimsy.

When the temperature starts inching toward triple digits, or even surpassing it, the challenge of putting together an outfit that looks good and keeps you cool gets harder and harder.

While it’s tempting to lounge around in a swimsuit by the pool (or even in it), daily life calls for a little bit more clothing.

It may seem counter-intuitive, but wearing light, flowing clothing rather than a pair of teeny shorts will keep you more comfortable in the heat. Designed to be worn loose, a maxi dress or a pair of on-trend palazzo pants will keep you cooler and stylish, despite that weather report.

Maxi dresses can be found at nearly any big-box store or even local boutiques in a smattering of colors and shapes. I love this one for Target because it’s loose-fitting on top and bottom and in a slimming solid color. Maxi dresses are appropriate for work, weekend wear and even – with the right accessories – a garden wedding.

Worried about looking like you’re wearing a mumu? Find one that cinches in at your natural waist, which is often the narrowest part of a woman’s body. This will give you an hour-glass shape, something that mumus don’t ever achieve.

Accessorize with fun jewelry, a great pair of shades, and comfortable sandals.

Maxi dress: Target / necklace: OddsAndEndsbyKaley / sunglasses: modcloth / sandals: Nordstrom

If you’re not a dress fan, try a pair of light-weight wide-leg pants. Like a maxi dress, these pants won’t cling and will keep the dreaded sticky leg syndrome from happening. You can pick up a pair of solid, linen-blend pants, or if you’re bold, try a pair of printed palazzo pants. The slight high-waist and small print is slimming, and when worn with wedges, your legs will appear longer. Tuck in a loose solid tank and add some bangles to your arms to complete the look.

Pants: Hive and Honey / Tank: Old Navy / Shoes: TOMS / Bangles: Shop Ruche and Anthropologie / Hat: Banana Republic

Another tip? Choose natural fabrics. Cotton, linen, and even silk are much better bets than plastic-based polyesters, which often don’t breathe.

What do you wear to beat the heat?

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erika riggsErika Riggs is a writer, big dreamer and creative lady living in beautiful Seattle with her husband and Corgi. She blogs at Rouge and Whimsy and sells colorful totes on etsy. She’s limited to 140 characters on Twitter as @rougeandwhimsy.

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