Setting foot outdoors today feels like walking straight into a sauna. While sweatiness is inevitable, looking pulled together during a heat wave requires creativity. Why not take inspiration from some of the most stylish street-style subjects, both Fashion Week attendees and regular folk alike? Dress up a sunny floral dress with a cinched belt and black platform sandals à la Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, or temper a sheer lace top with ankle boots and denim shorts. If layering feels too daunting, accessories like a stack of silver bangles or a sleek white clutch can elevate a simple T-shirt and pants. And never underestimate the value of sunglasses: a hot pink pair will keep a printed shirtdress from feeling too corporate when you're off-duty. Click through our slideshow to see how to get the look of some of our favorite summer-appropriate street-style photos from the past few months.
Dress up a simple white tee and printed silk shorts with a stack of silver bangles, a classic satchel, and comfortable wedges.
A.L.C. printed washed silk shorts, $267.38 at Browns; Tribe arrow bracelet, $12 at Pixie Market; Rope burn cuff, $78 at Nasty Gal; Made Her Think mini metal thorn cuff moonlight pave, $134 at Made Her Think; Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz half silver bangle, $155 at Ben Amun; J.Crew vintage cotton T-shirt, $30 at Net-a-Porter; Madewell perfect leather belt, $48 at Madewell; Diane von Furstenberg Opal criss-cross wedge sandals, $295 at Shopbop; Urban Expressions Wilde Satchel, $89 at Urban Outfitters.
Layer an unexpected piece, like a preppy polo, underneath a bright oversized minidress.
ASOS leather croc metal bar clutch, $66.28 at ASOS; Tommy Hilfiger rugby stripe polo, $58 at Tommy Hilfiger; Thierry Lasry Angely neon sunglasses, $400 at Opening Ceremony; Dieppa Restrepo Luca two tone oxford, $298 at La Garçonne; Bamboo Dress, $48 at Need Supply Co.; Merona women’s socks, $5 at Target.
Maximize your fall boots by pairing them with a simple empire waist floral dress.
Rachel Comey Apollo lower ankle boot, $414 at La Garçonne; Mango polka dot dress, $59.99 at Mango; Bing Bang Calavera Tassel Necklace, $115 at Shopbop; Alexander Wang square-frame acetate sunglasses, $390 at Net-a-Porter.
A sharp button-up silk shirt worn over black pants is an effortless way to look work appropriate.
Keep cutoffs from being overly casual with a printed blouse and a slick cross-body bag.
Madewell Sunny Day shades, $49.50 at Madewell; Theyskens’ Theory Vala messenger bag, $425 at Shopbop; Alexander Wang printed top, $441 at Farfetch; Joe’s Jeans high rise rolled shorts, $138 at Joe’s Jeans.
A neutral midi skirt pulls together two trendy pieces: neon accent sandals and a Hawaiian floral top.
Bombshell cat eye sunglasses, $16 at Urban Outfitters; Topshop floral drop arm top, $52 at Topshop; Reiss pleated midi skirt, $172 at Reiss; Loeffler Randall Fawn sporty flat sandal, $295 at Loeffler Randall.
Dress down a lacy see-through top with a sleek pair of high-waisted shorts and simple jewelry.
Sparkle & Fade Pleated Front Short, $39 at Urban Outfitters; Baserange elastic soft bra, $46 at La Garçonne; Gorjana Taner shimmer long necklace, $85 at Gorjana; Nine West Sosie boots, $109 at Nine West; Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti black sheer lace and chiffon top, $335 at Stylebop; Marc by Marc Jacobs brown wooden bolt bangle, $42 at SSENSE.
Toughen up a whimsical printed dress by adding black platform sandals and a gold hardware waist belt.
Zara high heel sandal with ankle strap, $69.90 at Zara; Low Luv by Erin Wasson cross pendant necklace, $120 at Endless; Tory Burch wide logo disk belt, $136.50 at Tory Burch; Ray-Ban Original Aviator sunglasses, $145 at Shopbop; Hope envelope purse, $324 at La Garçonne; Hi There by Karen Walker for Anthropologie persimmon ruffle dress, $89.95 at Anthropologie.
Retro touches like a straw bag and hat add a twist to a bohemian printed jumpsuit.
Mix prints in a subtle way with a colorful floral blouse and fluttery headscarf — all the better for slicking hair back when it gets sticky.
Club Monaco Dolli silk headscarf, $59.50 at Club Monaco; J.Crew Scout chino, $69.50 at J.Crew; Full Circle floral print shirt, $74.57 at ASOS; Ray-Ban folding wayfarers, $149.95 at Sunglass Hut; Pedro Garcia Agatha Sandals, $475 at Zappos.
Feet-friendly sneakers and a bright romper are the perfect combination for the summer music-festival season.
Henry Holland for Le Specs Blinder Sunglasses, $115.99 at ASOS; Adidas Originals Attitude high-top trainers, $111.02 at ASOS; Topshop linen coral sleeveless playsuit, $80 at Topshop; Chocolate brown leather bucket draw string bag, $78 at Etsy.
Hot-pink sunglasses add color to a graphic printed shirtdress.
A neutral palette pulls together an otherwise trend-filled look.
Free People lace scalloped shorts, $107.71 at ASOS; Mulberry metallic crepe peplum top, $420 at Net-a-Porter; House of Harlow 1960 cat eye sunglasses, $138 at Singer22; ASOS scalloped crop jacket, $66.28 at ASOS; Style Tryst Bags snakeskin envelope clutch, $86 at Pink Mascara; Flutter NYC Felix ring, $176 at Flutter.
Instead of a maxi skirt, try breezy silk pants paired with a comfy tee.
Update your go-to jeans-and-a-T-shirt outfit with leather pumps and sleek silver jewelry.
Adriano Goldschmied white Santa Fe jeans, $225 at Adriano Goldschmied; J.Crew vintage cotton tee, $29.50 at J.Crew; Zara combined narrow belt, $25.90 at Zara; Michael Kors stainless steel chronograph watch, $225 at Net-a-Porter; Just Acces wild choker, $33.14 at ASOS; Manolo Blahnik BB leather pumps, $595 at Barneys.
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