Maybe it’s because I’m a Cancer sign, but I live for the summer months. What I don’t live for is the summer style conundrums one faces when trying to find the perfect swimsuit or a foundation that won’t melt off your face. Even for an editor, it can be challenging coming up with summer outfit ideas you won’t overheat in, but our readers are making the seemingly challenging task look easy. They’re serving up looks that are not only heat-proof and look cool too. Keep scrolling for some of our readers' hottest outfit ideas along with the key pieces needed to re-create each look for yourself.
Key piece #1: lightweight blazer
WHO: Daleeda Soomar
WEAR: Blazer + Tube Top + Shorts
When you’re working at home and you still want to keep it professional without overheating, the best piece of clothing you can invest in is a lightweight blazer. You can take a cue from reader Daleeda Soomar, and pair it with a tube top, or opt for a cooler, more Zoom-conference-friendly outfit idea by pairing it with a simple tank top underneath.
Who: Solène OJ
Wear: Matching Linen Suit
If we’re getting more specific about what type of blazer is going to keep you cool during the summer, then you should opt for a linen blazer like reader Solène OJ did. It’s not only polished enough for working from home, but this lightweight fabric will also keep you feeling fresh.
Key piece #2: a white dress
Who: Olivia Natalie
Wear: White Puff-Sleeve Dress + Woven Hat
Another way to beat the heat in style? Opting for a white dress. And while there are so many types of styles you can opt for, we’re feeling reader Olivia’s puff-sleeve midi-dress interpretation of this summer heat–busting staple.
Who: Karen Hwang
Wear: White Baby-Doll Dress
Did you just think of how hot you’d be still wearing a midi-length dress? Don’t fret. Who What Wear reader Karen Hwang has an alternative outfit idea for you. Enter the baby-doll dress. It’s the perfect staple for those unbearably hot days.
Who: Suzan Nouiga
Wear: White Shirt Dress + Statement Earrings.
Some like it hot—and if you’re one of them, we suggest you take a cue from reader Suzan Nouiga and opt for a statement V-neck white shirtdress. Whether you wear the exact Jacquemus dress Nouiga is wearing or an affordable dupe, this look will definitely keep you cool.
Key piece #3: a matching set
Who: Kat Hsu
Wear: Matching Shorts-and-Top Set + Dainty Jewelry
Sometimes the summer heat will have us looking like a real hot mess, but there’s a solution to avoid such a conundrum: a matching set. Next time you're struggling with what to wear to that socially distanced picnic, we suggest you copy this look from Kat Hsu.
Who: Mimi Orere
Wear: Matching Skirt Set + Statement Bag
Matching sets don’t have to just be shorts; you can re-create this outfit idea by pairing a matching top and skirt, like our reader Mimi Orere did. No matter what top or bottom you choose, this is an outfit idea that can be pulled off with ease.
Key piece #4: a slip dress
Who: Dionne Kaliisa
Wear: Silk Slip Dress + Layered Necklaces.
The greatest thing about slip dresses is not that they can come in all types of prints, colors, and fabrics (though, that’s an added bonus); it’s that this style can keep you looking and feeling cool no matter where or what you’re doing. Personally, though, we’re here for copying reader Dionne Kaliisa and rocking a slip dress in the comfort of our homes for the rest of the summer.
Key piece #5: bra-inspired top
Wear: Bra-Inspired Top + Maxi Skirt
Disclaimer: This look isn’t for everyone, but if you find yourself wanting to dip your toe in one the summer’s coolest trends, we recommend you copy reader Chainky and pair the look with a maxi skirt to balance out how much skin you’re showing. (Bonus points for the readers who try out this outfit idea with their signature bikini top.)
Who: Reema Mui
What: Bra-Inspired Top + Shorts + Slides
Maybe it’s just me, but reader Reema Mui makes a serious case for bra tops this summer. Not only is it an on-trend outfit that can be worn in the comfort of your own home, but it’s also a look that’s easy to replicate and will make you feel your hottest all summer long.
Key piece #6: a bustier top
Who: Daniela Moreno
Wear: A Bustier Top + Slacks + Strappy Sandals
While we’ve pointed out that bra tops are a thing right now, it should also be noted that their more conservative sister, bustier tops, are worth trying this summer. This style’s variation of prints, colors, and price points poses it to be the hottest of the season.
Wear: A Bustier Top + Jeans
The bustier top trend is actually catching on because of its extreme styling versatility. Not only can you pair it with slacks like Daniela did or with jeans like Emmanuelle did, but you can also wear it to the grocery store or for your next Zoom happy hour. Basically, this is the piece that is the hot ticket for any wardrobe.
Key piece #7: linen pants
Who: Alyssa Perez
Wear: Linen Pants + Tie Top + Sandals
What have I learned from Who What Wear reader Alyssa Perez? Never underestimate the power of linen pants. They can make the outfit. No matter how you choose to style them, this is a foundational piece for every summer wardrobe.
Key piece #8: maxi dress
Who: Yousra Zein
What: A Maxi Linen Dress + Woven Hat
Who said a hot outfit was all about bearing skin? Whether you’re a modest dresser or just want a comfortable outfit idea, copying reader Yousra Zein’s look is a sure way to look and feel your best this summer. (Pro-tip for pulling off this style: Opt for silks, satins, linens, and cotton fabrics to keep yourself from overheating.)
Key piece #9: biker shorts
What: Biker Shorts + Sports Bra + Duster.
Running errands in the heat can be a struggle, but luckily for us, reader Farah has the perfect outfit idea to keep you cool while running about. Opting for a biker-shorts outfit in the summer is not only heat-proof, but it’s also a practical choice that you won’t have to worry about in the late afternoon.
Who: Meg Sircar
What: Neon Bike-Shorts Set + Denim Button-Down
Don’t be fooled—just because an outfit is perfect for those hot days doesn’t mean it can’t look good. What reader Meg Sircar’s look teaches us is that summer basics, like bike shorts, don’t have to actually be basic. There’s always the perfect outfit waiting; you just have to get creative.