Best Bet: Nouveau Deco Top

In oppressive heat, this breezy Nouveau Deco top will keep you cool without sacrificing style. The gauzy silk tank is lightweight, but not so sheer that it requires layers. The scoop neck and pleated racerback style show an alluring hint of skin, while the buttons give it a slightly dressier look than a simple printed tunic. But the real draw is the print: The arty pattern adds a summery pop of color to your go-to jeans or shorts.

QSW Nouveau Deco top, $80 at Alter or online.