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8 Summer Outfits That Are Almost as Comfortable as Wearing Nothing

It’s too hot to wear clothes—but we’ll make an exception for breezy poplin, lightweight linen, and cooling cotton.

By Madeleine Kim

The official start of summer is in just over a week, but in many parts of the country, temperatures would indicate that the season is already in full swing. And by that, I mean: It’s already too hot to wear clothes. If you don’t want to convert to nudism (the sunscreen regimen would just be so involved), we have another solution: lightweight, washable fabrics in airy silhouettes designed to provide maximum ventilation. From double-face linen that offers coverage without bulk to smooth, cooling poplin, the latest installment of our summer collection is full of such pieces. Here are eight lightweight summer outfits that are almost as comfortable as wearing nothing at all.


A Wearable Breeze

Made from ultra-lightweight cotton poplin, the oversized Addie dress makes minimal contact with your body, allowing for plenty of airflow. It only makes sense that it comes in a color called breeze—a light blue that evokes clear skies and crisp air. Pair it with white sneakers and statement earrings to complete your look.


Chic Style To-Go

On the hottest days, only shorts and a tank top will do. But that doesn’t mean you have to rely on athleisure. Instead, choose pieces like the Melody tank and Adina shorts, which are simultaneously polished and breathable. Add some comfortable slides and a chic bucket bag, and head out the door for whatever you have next.


Delightful Neutrals

They say that light colors reflect sunlight and help you keep you cool—and whether or not that’s true, it certainly feels like it is. The pima cotton Paige tank easily tucks into the stretchy Lane skirt for a casual yet elegant look. The Carter slides and Lygia necklace pull the color palette together.


An SPF Alternative

Forgot your sunscreen? Reach for pieces that offer full coverage without weighing you down, like the beautifully pleated Lasha top and easy Madelyn pants. The comfortable Rowan flats in turmeric provide a delicious sprinkle of color.


The Beach House Uniform

Nothing says “I have a beach house” like a breezy linen caftan. The best part? You don’t actually have to have a beach house to pull it off. Use the adjustable drawstring to find your ideal fit, then slip into your on-trend slide sandals, grab your go-to tote, and bring the vacation energy to you.


Covered But Cool

It may be hotter than an otter, but you can still wear a full-coverage outfit if you want to. The Chiara top and Marijane pants are fully breathable, and their relaxed silhouettes help keep you ventilated. Finish the outfit with sky-blue slingbacks and hoop earrings.


The Summer Friday Outfit

The Mila shirt paired with the Sasha shorts is like a Summer Friday in an outfit: business on top, vacation on the bottom. Wear it for casual Fridays, brunch dates, or errands. Add the Lizzie ear cuff for a unique touch.


Floaty Florals

When you need to show up to an outdoor summer party without turning into a puddle, reach for the linen Wren top and the silk Orchard skirt. Both pieces are made from natural materials, which makes them extra breathable. Plus, they’re machine-washable. The Ella sandals and Yayoi earrings take the outfit to the next level, but you could also sub in sneakers or slides for more casual occasions.

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Madeleine Kim

Madeleine Kim is the Senior Brand Manager at M.M.LaFleur, where she started out as a stylist. She loves developing styling-focused content and creating newsletters that bring the M.M. community together.

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