You Can Still Look Elegant When It's 90° Out—29 Nordstrom Buys to Start With

I've just survived quite the heat wave in New York, and I swear it changed me. Every time I step outside now and feel a nice breeze, I take a deep breath and feel the ultimate sense of gratitude. When temperatures soar above 90°, dressing elegantly can be a challenge. During the heat wave, I found myself on one particular day just wearing activewear the entire day since I knew I would be sweating up a storm all day long.

On the next day, I chose a linen dress and was able to make that work. Lightweight and breathable fabrics are the perfect place to start, but there's even more shopping you can do to prepare yourself best for hot weather. I'm convinced that you can maintain an elegant appearance even in the most sweltering conditions, and these Nordstrom buys are about to be on your team.

Associate Editor

Sierra Mayhew was always destined to work in fashion, but she didn't know it at first. Growing up with no choice but to wear a rotation of school uniforms and activewear, her love for fashion really blossomed when she moved away for college and was able to finally define her very own personal style. Shortly thereafter, she interned at Elle magazine and instantly knew that editorial was for her. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she worked for ShopBazaar, contributing regularly to, and finally made her way to Who What Wear, where she is an associate editor. When she’s not working, you can catch her always trying to catch a flight, rollerblading through New York City traffic, or exploring the latest luxury vintage boutique.