Here are the current trends and tricks that will keep you feeling and looking fine all summer long.
For your summer perfume, pick an essential oil blend that contains peppermint. You'll smell fresh, plus peppermint oil cools the skin on contact.
Handheld fans aren't just relics of the Victorian era. They fit easily in your purse and can cool you down in a flash. (My Wedding Reception Ideas, $16)
A ponytail or bun is the perfect summer 'do, but the look leaves something to be desired. Dress up your simple style with a dazzling headband or barrette — either simple or sensational. (Nordstrom, $24)
Bug repellent is a lifesaver, but it also leaves a sticky, smelly slick on your baby-soft skin. Consider making your own homemade repellent instead for a bug spray that smells and feels good.
Oversized fashion is in this year, which is great news for those of us who like a little air on our skin. Don an oversized tee or tunic and cinch it for a casual, formfitting and breezy look. (Free People, $78)
Dress up a simple summer tee with a loosely tied cotton or chiffon scarf around your neck — doing so will dress you up while concealing sweat. Bonus points if the scarf is bright and colorful. (Etsy, $19)
It's a good thing sheer is in this year. You can rock the sheer look in many ways, but we especially love the idea of stretching your gorgeous gams in a cool, sheer maxi or burnout skirt. (Zara, $80)
Don't fear layering a denim shirt or cotton cardigan over this season's latest halters and tanks. Denim and cotton are more breathable than a more typical blazer for work, and the simple layering will take you from your freezing cubicle to a hot summer night.
Open backs are in, so enjoy the breeze on your bare skin. (Victoria's Secret, $50)
The undershirt is a counterintuitive fashion concept. Sure, it's another layer of potential heat. But it will also keep your top layer free of sweat — so make sure to wear one on the daily.
Don't bog yourself down with large cuffs and necklaces that will make you sweat. Instead, choose colorful and lightweight pieces made from in-fashion mediums like fabric, feathers and wooden or glass beads. (Etsy, $68)
It's too hot to blow warm air all over your neck and face. Let your hair air dry with a texturizing product in order to channel your beach-worthy waves for work and play.
Choose a swimsuit cover that can double as a summer dress at nightfall. This dress, for instance, works for the beach and for cocktails. (Victoria's Secret, $50)
Don a straw hat this summer and you'll look like a classic beauty while keeping the sun out of your eyes. (Amazon, $6)
Your skin's summertime glow is the stuff of legend, so don't try to cover it up with a matte-based foundation. Instead, use a tinted moisturizer to let your glow shine through — you don't want to end up with a drippy mess on your skin.
Wick away sweat and solve your summer hair woes with a tied-up scarf. The scarf style looks great with hair down or up in a bun.
Skinny jeans are a summertime disaster, since nothing is sweatier than non-breathable nylon pants. The good news? Just about any skinny jean outfit can look just as rad with a substituted pair of colorful short shorts. (Forever 21, $20)
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