The 5 Fashion Essentials You Need to Stay Cool this Summer

Beauty & Style | Melanie Yvette Martin | 07/01/2015 | 12:49 PM EDT

Keep it easy and breezy this season

So, you want to look good and feel good in the sweltering heat? Okay, we got you. Below are our top 5 fashion essentials every woman needs to look chic and stay cool for summer.


Buy a floppy hat

Don’t over think it. You won’t look silly, but you’ll shield yourself from the harsh sun and cover up a bad hair day too. Try this grown woman version from Nordstrom.


Invest in really good flats

Gone are the days where you willingly spend $10 on flats for summer. We get it, you’ll only wear them at most 90 days of the year (unless your on the west coast). But, the worst thing is wearing flats that are uncomfortable and that lack support. So, try your luck with a few pairs that are supportive and chic. Need some options? See below:


Target Gladiator Revel Charley Sandals, $27.99

Nordstrom BP. ‘Moveover’ Pointy Toe Flat, $49.95

TopShop HIP Jelly Sandals, $25.00


Find your best sundress (and purchase it in different colors)

The best sundresses are loose on the bottom and form fitting at the top. You highlight your shape, but allow your body air as you take on the day. You also want a sundress that has the perfect combination of cotton and stretchy material so that you can move freely. We suggest going for a sundresses that have short sleeves and that are sleeveless. Start with basic colors like black and gray, and then incorporate your favorite bold colors and prints.


Loose fitting, chic pants

Once you find them, you’ll never want to take them off. These pants will be the perfect match for a windy day out or when you don’t feel like worrying about your thighs rubbing together. Invest in wide leg, high wasted pants if you can. They’ll hug your hips just right, showing off your derriere, but also give you some room to wear flats or heels with them.


Platform heels

We spoke about this before. But let us reiterate: your best heel for the summer will be the platform. You won’t have to worry about tripping, getting a stiletto heel stuck, or sweating more because of the effort it takes to walk in heels. Seriously, find yourself two pairs if you haven’t: one in black and one in a fun color like silver or pink. You’ll thank yourself later. 


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