By Niki McGloster | Elite Daily ©
Even men are less fickle than temperature changes in summer.
Packing on piles of clothing on a stifling, humid 90-degree day (at 8:45 am!) seems nuttier than a box of Kind bars.
But picture this: Your daily train ride consists of shaking off remnants of your REM and warding off perspiration pooling in unmentionable crevices. And then you arrive at your office, which now doubles as a deleted scene from “Frozen” for the next three months.
You don’t have to pass up a daringly short dress in favor of navy-colored slacks, though thermal tug-of-war is realer than J. Lo’s bum.
Instead, equip your summer apparel arsenal with light, stylish layers to combat both sky-high temps outside and igloo-like conditions indoors.
Dress it up and make warm-wear cool like a pro with these five how-to tips:
Even if your social media is littered with “single status” tweets, you know you can always commit to a deep relationship with oversized boyfriend blazers this summer.
Where to wear it: Casual Fridays at the office.
How to wear it: Like Kim Kardashian, but better. Be the queen of a tailored, neat silhouette while still wearing denim shorts. Make sure the bottoms have a hem, and keep it professional with a blouse.
Pro tip: Shoes matter. Pull the look together by adding loafers or pumps.
Even Jidenna couldn’t get more classic than the all-American denim jacket.
As a staple in every girl’s closet, whether vintage or modern, denim is the epitome of cool-girl casual wear.
Where to wear it: A summer Saturday roaming museums.
How to wear it: Though high-quality denim is breathable, it’s still meant to warm you up. Consider pairing with porous fabrics like a boho chic dress or a breeze-friendly short jumpsuit.
Pro tip: If you’re a bit more warm-blooded than usual, go sleeveless.
Curb the office chill with a trendy Kimono cardigan that doesn’t cramp your style.
Where to wear it: To Sunday brunch with your girl posse.
How to wear it: Your light cover-up will stand out louder than Meek Mill, so keep the rest soft and subtle. Confidently play up prints and textures without turning your warm look into an eyesore.
Pro tip: Think outside the box when it comes to fits, fabrics and prints.
Bad Gal (No RiRi)
Leather draws out badass potential in even the most Anne Hathaway-esque of women.
A perfect blend of chic style and hot Rihanna vibes, leather moto vests aren’t for everyday wear, but they’re necessary in any style repertoire.
Where to wear it: Thursday night, when you already know you’re going to have a hangover Friday morning.
How to wear it: Effortlessly match the black staple with whatever’s most comfortable. Our suggestion? Don a shoulder-dress-and-sneaker combo to stay cool, then layer up with the leather for warmth and style.
Pro tip: Don’t overthink it.
Post-College Girl Swag
Quite possibly the most college thing you’ve ever worn, but you can swap your alma-mater sweatshirt for something more chic, even in warmer weather.
Where to wear it: To a very non-sporting event, like a movie.
How to wear it: Don’t shy away from an über-femme look. Slide a hoodie over a shirt dress if a chilly mood hits, but go cropped to ensure you don’t overheat.
Pro tip: It’s outerwear, so no need to overly commit!