It's a Literal Hot Girl Summer—9 Outfit Ideas That Look and Feel Refreshing


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It's really hot in New York—like "crank up your AC and embrace that nearly all of your outdoor activities will leave you in a pool of sweat" hot. 

While the temperatures keep on climbing, though, it can be hard to put together a good outfit. Jeans in this weather? Forget about it. Thankfully, our feeds have been inundated with a slew of outfits that will make you feel extra cool this season, literally and figuratively. 

Opt for lightweight materials like linen and cotton this summer, and pick up flowy silhouettes and garments that'll give you a nice breeze rather than stick to your body. If you're feeling bold, you can even wear a bikini as a top around the city—it's practically the uniform of choice for the cool Lower East Side crowd. 

If you're itching to wear something that'll leave you feeling better than you ever would have thought, look no further than these nine sweatproof summer outfits perfect for warm weather. Shop the can't-miss styles and outfit ideas below.


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What you need: a linen button-down, Scandi-style pajama pants, clogs, and a shell necklace.


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What you need: strappy sandals, a sheer dress, and a summery clutch.


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What you need: crochet shorts, flip-flops, a colorful button-down and a basic tank.


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What you need: a white tank top and a flowy white maxi skirt.


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What you need: a lightweight black dress, a raffia tote, and leather slides.


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What you need: breezy linen pants and a tie-front top.


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What you need: white boxer shorts, a white bikini top, a striped button-down, oversize jewelry, and a retro hat.


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What you need: a woven shoulder bag, '90s sunnies, and a fiery dress.


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What you need: a statement top, funky accessories, and athletic shorts.

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Ana Escalante is an award-winning journalist and Gen Z editor whose work ranges from dissecting size inclusivity at fashion week to discussing how American Girl Doll meme accounts are the the answer to society's collective spiral. She's covered it all: Queen Elizabeth II's corgis, Roe v. Wade frontline protests, and the emergence of jorts (or jean shorts for the uninitated). At Who What Wear, Ana is responsible for delivering smart, insightful, personality-driven shopping guides and trend features for a digital-first generation.

Before joining Who What Wear, Ana was Glamour magazine's editorial assistant, where she focused on daily news and special packages, including leading the brand's 2022 Met Gala coverage. For more than half a decade, she has covered style, beauty, and digital culture for publications such as Paper magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue Japan, and Allure, among others. Ana has been called a rising star in media by publications such as Nylon and Teen Vogue. (Her mother, meanwhile, calls her "the coolest person" she knows.)