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8 Ways to Cover Up in the Summer Without Dying of Heat

If it were up to you, you’d be in tank tops and cut-offs all summer long. But there are times (um, work, church, kids’ school fundraisers…) that call for something a bit more modest. Here, eight ways to look polished while keeping your cool.

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THE CHRISELLE FACTOR

KNIT TOP + LINEN BOTTOMS

Linen pants offer coverage without being stifling (and it doesn’t matter if they get a bit rumpled). Pair them with a more structured top to keep the look streamlined.

Get the look: Splendid top ($88); Caslon pants ($54); Pikolinos shoes ($160)

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TAKE AIM

CROCHET TOP + PANTS

An open knit top provides ventilation. An open knit top with trousers provides class.

Get the look: Sandro top ($275); Staud pants ($155)

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HARPER AND HARLEY

OVERSIZE BUTTON-DOWN + CROPPED CULOTTES

Non-restrictive clothing is as essential to dressing in the heat as a sharp sense of style is to being taken seriously at work. Luckily, they don’t have to be mutually exclusive of each other.

Get the look: White House Black Market blouse ($40); Oak + Fort culottes ($98); M.Gemi shoes ($198)

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FRASSY

SLEEVELESS TRENCH VEST + ANYTHING

A fluid workwear vest covers up just enough skin without adding too much fabric to your frame. And it works with everything from jeans and a tank to a mini shift dress.

Get the look: Topshop vest ($75); Painted Threads camisole ($20); Paige jeans ($127); Sam Edelman shoes ($130)

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WITH LOVE FROM KAT

OFF-THE-SHOULDER DRESS + LIGHTWEIGHT SCARF

This trick adds color to an otherwise neutral ensemble while sheathing bare shoulders just so.

Get the look: Elizabeth and James dress ($365); Isabel Marant scarf ($93); Steve Madden shoes ($80)

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9 TO 5 CHIC

MID-LENGTH SLEEVES + TROUSERS

The perfect compromise between stifling long sleeves and arm-baring tanks? Mid-length sleeves, of course.

Get the look: Equipment top ($198); ASOS trousers ($65); Dagne Dover bag ($495)

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ANINE BING

LONG-SLEEVE DRESS WITH CUTOUTS

But if you must go for longer sleeves, look for breezy cutouts and vented fabrics.

Get the look: Anine Bing dress ($179); Loeffler Randall booties ($450)

RELATED: 20 BREEZY DRESSES TO HELP YOU BEAT THE HEAT

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CUPCAKES AND CASHMERE

CROPPED JACKET + SHIFT DRESS

Layering 101: Drape on when you need coverage and take off whenever you’re overheated.

Get the look: Cupcakes and Cashmere blazer ($130); Theory dress ($177); Steve Madden shoes ($80)

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