Top Tricks: What to Wear on the Hottest Days And Nights

Humidity and heat have met their match!

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When it's hot outside

What to wear when it's hot outside
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Summer isn't over yet. The last days of Summer tend to be the hottest of the year. Before Fall weather and Autumn fashion cool things down, here are a few tips and tricks for keeping cool. In fact, these cooling tips are great for many other times of the year. Dealing with hot flashes? You'll love some of the technologically advanced moisture wicking and cooling materials on this list. Traveling to an exotic and humid location? Pack some of the lightweight and breezy garments listed here. From underwear made of the lightest mesh, to nightgowns designed to keep you cool and dry. This list goes beyond the obvious tanks and shorts. Take your pick and stay cool out there!

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Breezy Tops

Fleur't Dolman Top and Shorts
Fleur't

One thing to keep in mind when it's hot: less is more. Try a top made of breathable material, or a flowing blouse made of open-knit material, or even an open back. The air flow alone will help keep you cool and feeling refreshed - not to mention the super cool style!

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Fleur't: This open back Dolman Tee is super breezy thanks to its loose fit, open-knit material, and cool color. Don't forget that the draping, open back is not just a way to be cool, but a great way to show off a bralette with a pretty, strappy back. Bonus: pair this top with the matching shorts for those extra hot days.

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Shorts

Thigh Society
Thigh Society

Shorts are an obvious go-to when the temperature rises. Choose a thin, lightweight pair, or something made from a more flowing material to keep the breeze going. Or, try a pair underneath a skirt for thigh coverage and sweat wicking action! 

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Thigh Society: So we all know you can wear lightweight shorts or a breezy skirt on hot days ... but what about slip shorts? This brand created a special non-shapewear short that wicks sweat and prevents chaffing. Say goodbye to baby powder and slip into something a little more comfortable. 

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The Fifth Label: There's nothing worse on a hot day than too-tight shorts and thick material. If you want to go with denim, try something like this lightweight and billowy cotton denim Motel Short, available at The Style Theory Collective. Easy and breezy! 

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Underwear

Yay panties
Yay Panties

Staying cool starts with what's underneath. No one wants to feel swampy... down there. So stay cool with a few thong, panty, and boyshort suggestions here. No matter what you decide to wear down there, make sure it's breathable and great in high heat to avoid bacteria growth or that sweaty, uncomfortable feeling. 

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Yay Panties: This seamless underwear company's Silk Effect Seamless Panties are ultra-soft and lie completely flat against the body. So even if you're wearing a barely there dress, they won’t show through. Plus, they are lightweight and feel like they’re not even there even in high temperatures.

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Impish Lee: This customizable lingerie brand (yep!) allows you to design your own outfit. May we suggest crafting some sheer panties, like the Emma Highwaist Panty? Choose your colors, choose your fabric, choose to stay cool. 

On Gossamer: This brand is well known for creating some of the most lightweight mesh underwear the world has ever known. Try any of their comfortable cuts (thongs, panties, boyshorts and more) and fun prints and skip bulky or heavy underwear material on those hot and humid days. 

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Pajamas

Lusome sleepwear
Lusomé

Trying to sleep at night when it's hot outside can be a major bummer. And lack of sleep can affect your attitude, work performance, and even things like coordination and focus. If your air conditioner is broken, or you're suffering from night sweats (a common issue for those going through menopause or chemotherapy treatments), these pajamas are specifically designed to keep you cool as a cucumber. 

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Lusomé: This unique PJ company makes shorts, tanks, sets and more... all from one of the coolest materials in the world! It's owner and designer spent years creating a special material called Xirotex™ which "draws perspiration and bacteria away from the body through its innovative capillary structure and dual-layer fabric construction." Try one of the short sets or capri pants for the ultimate cool effect. 

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Karen Neuburger: This savvy nightwear design company created a line of items that keep you cool called, KN Cool. True to their name, these styles are designed with a unique, breathable fabric with technological advances to keep you comfortable through the dog days of summer.

Carole Hochman: Cotton is one of the coolest materials around. Try this brand's Cotton Jersey Sleepshirt for a breezy feel and cute floral look. Go sans pants to really enjoy that cool feeling.

Layla: This sweet sleepwear company has many styles, which are all lightweight in feel and sold as separates so you can mix and match. Try their tees with soft jersey pajama shorts or pants on super hot nights.

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Nightgowns and Robes

Blubella gown
Bluebella

Nightgowns are a must-try for hot summer nights. Let the air flow around your legs and welcome the breeze. Bonus: lots of chemises, robes, and nightgowns are stylish enough to wear as a poolside coverup, or date night dress. And because they're less constructed (no zippers or buttons), they're ideal for lounging about in the summer heat. 

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Bluebella: This cool UK lingerie brand makes some of the sexiest, barely ​there items. But it's the Lily Long Chemise you'll be reaching for on those super hot nights. In fact, you may find yourself wearing it out and about! Whether you wear it as lingerie or as a coverup at the pool, this open backed gown is incredibly light and airy. 

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Priamo: This classic nightwear brand is known for lightweight cotton garments, all of which would be a blessing on steamy nights. But it is their gauze collection that is truly breathtaking and breezy. Try a summer nightgown in classic white or a soft pink hue for a blissful sleep, no matter the heat!

Loulette: Covering up with a robe on hot days can feel like torture - but not in this brand's Norfolk Robe. This light as air long robe will help you channel your favorite old Hollywood icon while the textured clip dot material and flowing fabrics keep you cool.

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Lace Bras

Panache Olivia bra
Panache

Hot and humid? Lace to the rescue! Ditch that thick padded or molded bra for something lighter without sacrificing support. An underwire, lace bra - especially a cut-and-sew style, or a bra with seams and supportive engineering - can keep you lifted and cool. Try a style made with breathable lace to keep things cooler, but still super hot and sexy.

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Panache: For full busts, this UK brand is a lifesaver. And for hot days, their “Olivia” Balconette Bra saves the day again with breathable support up to K cup size. This bra has soft, unlined cups, making it a cool pick for hot summer weather. Plus, the supportive and uplifted fit provides a smooth finish, making it great under those tight or sheer summertime tanks and tees. Bonus: it's gorgeous!

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The Little Bra Company: For those with a petite bust who want the comfort of a bralette, and a bit of a boost for shape. “Vanessa” features a lightweight jacquard lace that gives a peek-a-boo effect across the neckline and slightly structured. The wide-stripe elastic band provides comfort while also offering extra support, and the breathable fabric is a great way to get a ​push-up effect without tons of padding or an underwire. This style starts at size 28A!

Giapenta: This unique brand created a line of lingerie with a truly cool material. In fact, bras like their Sonoma Curve Bra utilize a TempPro™ fabric which proactively regulates your body temperature to always keep you cool & comfortable. Fashion and function collide!

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Spacer Molded Bras

Hanro Tempation bra
Hanro

3D spacer molding is a recent technology that has become a go-to for bra makers. It's smooth, flexible, and lightweight which makes it perfect for tight or thin t-shirts on hot days. Plus, this material is actually a knit, and allows for way more airflow than a thick, molded bra. 

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Hanro: This European company has a reputation for using the best materials possible. And the super lightweight, breathable Temptation Spacer Bra is no exception. It's one of the most breathable bras you'll ever find! 

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Paramour by Felina: Try the Ariel Spacer Bra made of smooth, lightweight spacer fabric when the heat is on. It's designed to increase breathability for all day comfort! Plus, the lightweight lace wings are lined in an airy mesh for added support and comfort for those humid days. 

Sculptresse: The “Sasha” by Sculptresse is the perfect summertime pick for plus sizes. It’s a seamless plunge bra that’s been crafted in a smooth microfiber, which is much thinner than the typical foam molded bra. Plus, the optional racerback makes it essential to pair under summertime racerback tops. 

Panache: Full bust bra wearers can often feel like they have no option for lightweight t-shirt bras. Think again! The “Cari” is called a “spacer bra,” meaning it’s crafted from breathable, lightweight knit fabric. This makes it much cooler with thin, molded cups that are light as air. Plus, it's available up to H cup size. 

Simone Perele: This French company designs sweet bras, like their uber popular Andora collection or the gorgeous Amour group, which are pretty and practical. The lightweight 3D spacer molded cups are just the start. Try their lace designs for another fresh feeling bra!

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Sheer Bras

Gossard Glossies
Gossard/Bare Necessities

Sheer bras made of mesh and light as air materials are your answer for days where you just want to melt but have to get dressed for the office or life's must do errands. Instead of wearing a bra made with thick material, try a sheer, barely there cup instead. It may feel different than you're used to, but that freedom you feel is so comfortable when it's blazing hot.

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Gossard: Made to feel like a second skin, you won’t be able to feel like you’re wearing a bra at all in the Gossard Glossies Sheer Bra. This super sheer, shiny bra is the next best thing to being totally naked. Try the traditional sheer Glossies (available in several colors) or the new lace version. 

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Bodysuits

Taryn Winters bodysuit
Taryn Winters

Bodysuits are easy to wear and so chic. No need to worry about bunching fabric or bulky layers like when you tuck in a shirt. You can stay streamlined and carefree in the heat. Try one made of soft t-shirt material, or something of lace or mesh like the styes below! 

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Taryn Winters: The Kharis bodysuit (available in jade and black ) from this new designer is made from extremely lightweight tulle. Wear it with or without a bra underneath or layers on top.

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Bluebella: For a steamy going out look, pair their Emerson Bodysuit with a skirt or shorts! Lace panels allow you to feel the benefit from a cool breeze while keeping you covered. You'll look hot while staying cool, for sure.

Wolford: This luxury European brand uses some of the most amazing fabrics you'll ever feel, and they're well known for their line of bodysuits and hosiery (among other things.) Try their Sheer Forming Bodysuit for a touch of luxe, a touch of shaping, and a whole lot of sheer, lightweight perfection.

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Bralette

Hot as Hell bralette
Hot As Hell/NA-KD

Bralettes are the casual, cooler sister of the bra world which makes them perfect for hot days and nights. Traveling to a humid location? Skip the underwire if you can and try something fresh and fun. Usually bralettes are made of lightweight lace or a stretchy material. Don't think there's one for you? Think again. There's a bralette out there for nearly everyone of every size.

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Hot As Hell: With a name like that, this brand is perfect for hot, sultry days. They have a wide range of clothing and street fashions, including bodysuits and bralettes, like this HAH-Chi Bralette, available at NA-KD. 

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Miel: This sporty brand is pretty much perfect for hot and humid days. Their bralettes and bandeau bra, along with their undies, are fabricated from the soft, breathable, and moisture-wicking microfiber-Spandex blend, complete with botanical based, antimicrobial Guardin™, which protects against unpleasantries like bacteria, stains and smells.