I Can't Be Bothered to Dress Up in This Heat—19 Easy Outfits I'm Wearing Instead

Do you identify as a night owl or a morning person? Even if your answer is the latter, my hunch is that any warm sentiments you might harbor have likely changed this summer. My theory is that even the most cheery person is likely feeling a twinge of existential dread, especially when they check their weather app in the morning. With extended heat waves worldwide, it's only natural that grappling with the impacts of climate change before you've even had coffee is a lot to handle. Add to that the fact that you must determine the best thing to wear when it's hot outside, and you have one anxiety-including process.

In short, mornings can be rough, even for the cheeriest of personalities. But what if getting dressed for a hot day wasn't so daunting? I'm breaking down how to dress for excessive heat to make things easier for you. Ahead you'll find the 19 best hot-weather outfit ideas, plus shopping recommendations to re-create each look. No matter where you live or what your morning routine is, these outfit formulas will make getting dressed one less thing to worry about. 

Headband + Button-Down + Tank + Bermuda Shorts + Slingabacks + Woven Tote
Hot weather outfits, woman wearing white button down over tank with denim shorts and slingback heels



Nothing is easier to throw on when it's boiling outside than a pair of denim shorts. Make them feel more polished by styling them with a button-down, slingbacks, and a woven shoulder bag. 

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You won't have to worry about any fashion mishaps in these longer shorts. 

Demellier's woven tote is currently at the top of my summer wish list. 

Sunglasses + Shoulder Bag + Waistcoat + A-Line Skirt + Mary Janes
Hot weather outfits, woman wearing black waistcoat and white skirt and mary janes



The secret to looking good when it's scorching hot outside? Rely on stylish separates to give off the illusion that you put more effort into your ensemble than you actually did. Case in point? A linen or cotton waistcoat styled with an A-line skirt and Mary Janes. 

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You can wear this waistcoat well into the fall. 

Headband + Sunglasses + Oversize Button-Down + Matching Shorts + Loafers
Hot weather outfits, woman wearing oversized button down with matching shorts



Another staple you can rely on during the summer is an oversized button-down. Its relaxed fit will keep the fabric from clinging to your skin, preventing unnecessary sweat and chaffing. But should you want to make this basic even more heat-friendly, try styling it with matching poplin shorts, sunglasses, and comfy loafers. 

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You'll feel like the main character in these shades. 

It doesn't get chicer than a crisp poplin shirt. 

Pair with the matching Lui Organic Cotton-Poplin Boxer Shorts ($89).

Scarf Top + Maxi Skirt + Ballet Flats + Shoulder Bag
Hot weather outfits, woman wearing white scarf top with cargo skirt and ballet flats



Temperatures and inflation are on the rise, so investing in a new matching set for summer may not be within reach. A simple way to hack the system is by pairing similarly hued items in your closet with each other to create the same feel. For example, try pairing a linen scarf top with a maxi skirt and contrasting accessories.

These will transition into your fall wardrobe easily. 

Sunglasses + Shoulder Bag + Button-Down + Denim Miniskirt + Mules
Hot weather outfits, woman wearing white button-down and denim skirt



When it's hot outside, the last thing you want to do is spend copious amounts of time digging through your closet in search of an easy outfit—enter the formula above. A simple white button-down styled with a denim miniskirt, shoulder bag, and mules is a foolproof outfit when you don't know what to wear. 

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Transition this skirt into the fall by pairing it with knee-high boots. 

Sunglasses + Drop-Waist Dress + Ankle Strap Pumps
Hot weather outfits, woman wearing white drop waist dress with black heels



After an excruciatingly hot day, mustering enough energy to get dressed up for the evening can feel impossible. Instead of canceling your plans, pull out a dramatic dress (e.g., one with a drop waist or maxi hemline) and pair it with ankle-strap pumps. It's a formula that won't fail you, no matter where the night takes you. 

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Not a day goes by without me thinking about these shoes. 

Shoulder Bag + Corset Top + Relaxed Denim + Slides
Hot weather outfits, woman wearing corset top with baggy jeans and slides



Have more casual plans for the night? You don't have to get dressed up to dial up the heat. Re-create the look above. Relaxed denim and slide sandals can feel more risqué when paired with a corset top and a sleek shoulder bag. 

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You'll feel like you're walking on a cloud all night in these slides. 

Sunglasses + Bustier Top + Slip Skirt + Mules + Baguette Bag
Hot weather outfits, woman wearing sunglasses and fitted top and slip skirt and sandals



Another way to dress up for a night out without exerting too much effort is by re-creating the ensemble above. Whether you're going on a first date or meeting your friends for drinks, a fitted bustier top styled with a slip skirt and heeled mules is an effortless way to look great for the evening. 

The backbone of every summer wardrobe is a simple slip skirt. 

Statement Earrings + Tube Top + Cargo Pants + Mules + Shoulder Bag
Hot weather outfits, woman wearing black tube top and white cargo pants



The easiest way to make simple summer staples shine is through your accessories. For example, the look above shows how a basic black tube top and white cargo pants are elevated when styled with sculptural silver jewelry, a shoulder bag, and mules. Not only is this look easy to replicate, but it is the ideal day-to-night formula to rely on in a pinch. 

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Sunglasses + Blazer + T-Shirt + Pleated Shorts + Ballet Flats + Handbag
Hot weather outfits, woman wearing blazer over t-shirt with matching shorts



One of the more challenging things about excessive heat is trying to strike a balance between functional and formal, especially for the office. Luckily, the formula above is a foolproof solution. When it's scorching hot outside, opt for a short-suit-inspired look by pairing pleated shorts with a matching blazer, contrasting T-shirt, and ballet flats. 

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While it's a bit pricey, this T-shirt is a great long-term investment. 

Sunglasses + T-Shirt + Slip Dress + Ballet Flats + Handbag
Hot weather outfits, woman wearing black slip dress over t-shirt with ballet flats



This outfit is perfect for days when you need to go into the office, but high temps make wearing anything other than a slip dress unbearable. Slinky dresses can be made work-ready with a few simple styling hacks. First, add a second layer by throwing a T-shirt on underneath your dress or slipping a blazer on for more coverage. Second, opt for more modest footwear like ballet flats to avoid getting the side-eye from HR.  

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Sunglasses + Linen Waistcoat + Matching Trousers + Slides + Handbag
Hot weather outfits, woman wearing waistcoat with matching pants



If you want to ensure you look as polished as possible for work, opt for a matching suit vest and trousers. Not only is this outfit formula effortless, but with minor tweaks (e.g., opting for lightweight materials or styling the suit with slides), it can feel summer-forward. 

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A vest that's as crisp as a summer breeze. 

Pair with the matching Norah Linen Pant ($100). 

These will add a touch of luxury to all your summer ensembles. 

Pearl Necklace + Tank Top + Silk Pants + Flip-Flops + Shoulder Bag
Hot weather outfits, woman wearing pearl necklace, tank top, silk trousers and flip flops



At the risk of sounding too repetitive, it's worth reiterating the importance of opting for lighter fabrics, as it can determine whether you'll enjoy the day or spend it aggravated by the heat. The easiest way to keep your cool (and look it too) is by taking a cue from the outfit above and pairing satin trousers with a tank top and flip-flops. 

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Perfect for a day by the beach or errands in the city. 

Sunglasses + Striped Button-Down + Maxi Slip Skirt + Thong Sandals + Baguette
Hot weather outfits, woman wearing striped button-down, slip maxi skirt and flip flops



Staying cool is a universal struggle, but it's even more of a challenge for modest dressers. Rely on the outfit formula above if that's you. An oversize button-down and maxi slip skirt will help keep you cool and covered all season long. 

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A shirt so good, your partner will want to steal it. 

This skirt is sure to sell out quick, so act fast. 

Sunglasses + Hoops + Tank Top + Hot Pants + Thong Sandals
Hot weather outfits, woman wearing tank top and hot pants



Do you find yourself already cringing at the idea of covering any skin? I get it. When it's too hot outside, sometimes you want to wear the bare minimum. Hence the appeal of the outfit above. A tank top, hot pants, and heeled thongs are the ideal items for when you don't want to wear anything. 

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The best way to coax yourself into getting dressed on a hot day is to have Prada on hand. 

Underwear or pants? You decide. 

Headband + Sunglasses + Tank Top + Denim Miniskirt + Shoulder Bag + Sneakers
Hot weather outfits, woman wearing headband with sunglasses and tank top and mini skirt and sneakers



Not exactly comfortable with the idea of wearing hot pants? Rather than giving up hope of being comfortable in the heat, let the outfit above be your inspiration. Swap hot pants for a denim miniskirt and thong sandals for sneakers to make this a look you can feel comfortable in. Finally, add fun accessories to make this feel approachable. 

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Sunglasses + T-Shirt + Overalls + Crossbody + Sneakers
Hot weather outfits, woman wearing white t-shirt underneath white overalls with pink sneakers



More than any other season, summer is the time when you want to spend the least amount of time worrying about what to wear so that you can capitalize on the weather. What outfit formula will let you do just that? See the above. As simple as pairing a T-shirt with matching overalls and colorful accessories might seem, it's actually genius considering how effortless it can make moving around a new destination quickly. 

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Nothing is better than having something you can throw-on and go. 

A pop of pink is never a bad idea.

Oversize Button-Down + Bandeau Top + Clutch Bag + Linen Drawstring Pants + Sandals
Hot weather outfits, woman wearing orange button-down over black bandeau top with white linen pants



Speaking of destinations, if you're planning a vacation but don't know what to pack, you'll want to screenshot the look above. A colorful oversize button-down shirt styled over a bandeau top with drawstring linen pants is the perfect outfit to lounge around a resort or explore new cities in. 

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You can shop this bandeau in 24 other colorways. 

These are so comfortable you won't want to take them off. 

Sunglasses + Layered Necklaces + Black Maxi Dress + Mules + Clutch Bag
Hot weather outfits, woman wearing black maxi dress and green sandals



Lastly, I'd be remiss if I didn't remind you that simplicity is key when choosing what to wear on a hot day. When all else fails, you can't go wrong with slipping into a maxi dress and adding colorful jewelry, mules, and a clutch bag. It's an outfit formula that works no matter the weather.

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It doesn't get more timeless than this dress.