I Refuse to Wear Anything But These 8 Pieces When It's Over 90 Degrees

There's always that turning point in summer when it goes from 75° and sunny (and carrying a light cardigan "just in case" is entirely acceptable) to 90° and sweaty. Well, that point is here, and I can't say I'm not a little bummed about it. At this phase of summer, my outfits revolve less around the trends I'd like to wear and more, if not entirely, around the weather.

Since I grew up in Arizona, where it's not uncommon to see temps in the 100s, I've had years of trial and error when it comes to dressing for really hot days… lots and lots of error. Now that I have this whole hot-day-dressing thing down, it's only fair I share my practical picks with all of you. There are eight specific items I rely on for over 90° weather to create my summer outfits. Oh, and you won't sacrifice on style one bit—that you can trust me with.

Cotton Dresses


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Cotton is known for being breathable, so when I'm shopping for dresses midsummer, I make sure they're primarily made from this fabric. Maxis, midis, and minis are all on my approved list.

Ribbed Tanks


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Any sleeveless top is an obvious choice for warm weather, but ribbed tanks are it for me this year. They're on-trend, easy to style, and the perfect backdrop for my favorite necklaces.

Linen Bottoms


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Linen is light and breathable, making it one of the most practical summer fabrics for any style of apparel. I particularly gravitate toward linen shorts and pants for when I want to walk around without worrying about feeling sticky and uncomfortable.

Camp Shirts


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Camp shirts naturally have an oversize shape, making them the perfect loose top for hot days. I like to wear mine over a bikini, as seen here, or tucked into denim shorts. You really can't go wrong either way.

Denim Shorts


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Jeans are my love language, but I simply won't bear the discomfort of wearing them in hot weather. Denim shorts, however, are a big yes. They look just as cool with all of my favorite tops, including the ones in this story, but won't cause unbearable sweat down my legs. (If you know, you know.)

Oversizse T-Shirts


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I don't need to tell you that T-shirts make great basics year-round. However, in the summer, I exclusively wear oversize versions. The looser fit means the fabric won't cling to your skin when it's hot and humid out. Sometimes I buy regular tees in a size up, but I find the options that actually come in a boxier fit are ideal.

Cropped Cardigans


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Button-down cardigans have been a trend for several seasons now, with cropped versions reigning supreme for warmer weather. They're cute and comfortable—just make sure to choose lightweight fabrics. Wool is not your friend this time of year.

Biker Shorts


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Leggings are simply not an option for me when it's over 90° (or even 80° honestly), so it's biker shorts all the way when I'm looking for an athleisure look. I love sweat-wicking options for working out and ribbed cotton ones for just hanging out at home.

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Associate Fashion Director, Branded Content

Michaela Bushkin is the associate fashion director on the branded content team. She is based in Los Angeles and is going on her sixth year at Who What Wear. Michaela has always worked in the content world, previously at Whalerock and The Zoe Report. Her current role involves executing content, photo shoots, and events for fashion brands from retailers to luxury designers and everything in between. She spends her free time online shopping (or "researching" as she likes to call it), reading at the beach, and trying as many new restaurants in L.A. as possible.