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If it were up to you, you’d be in tank tops and cut-offs all summer long. But there are times (um, work, church, kids’ school fundraisers…) that call for something a bit more modest. Here, eight ways to look polished while keeping your cool.

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Knit top + linen bottoms

Linen pants offer coverage without being stifling (and it doesn’t matter if they get a bit rumpled). Pair them with a more structured top to keep the look streamlined.

Get the look: Splendid top ($88); Caslon pants ($54); Pikolinos shoes ($160)

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Crochet top + pants

An open knit top provides ventilation. An open knit top with trousers provides class.

Get the look: Sandro top ($275); Staud pants ($155)

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Oversize button-down + cropped culottes

Non-restrictive clothing is as essential to dressing in the heat as a sharp sense of style is to being taken seriously at work. Luckily, they don?t have to be mutually exclusive of each other.

Get the look: White House Black Market blouse ($40); Oak + Fort culottes ($98); M.Gemi shoes ($198)

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Sleeveless trench vest + anything

A fluid workwear vest covers up just enough skin without adding too much fabric to your frame. And it works with everything from jeans and a tank to a mini shift dress.

Get the look: Topshop vest ($75); Painted Threads camisole ($20); Paige jeans ($127); Sam Edelman shoes ($130)

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Off-the-shoulder dress + lightweight scarf

This trick adds color to an otherwise neutral ensemble while sheathing bare shoulders just so.

Get the look: Elizabeth and James dress ($365); Isabel Marant scarf ($93); Steve Madden shoes ($80)

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Mid-length sleeves + trousers

The perfect compromise between stifling long sleeves and arm-baring tanks? Mid-length sleeves, of course.

Get the look: Equipment top ($198); ASOS trousers ($65); Dagne Dover bag ($495)

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Long-sleeve dress with cutouts

But if you must go for longer sleeves, look for breezy cutouts and vented fabrics. 

Get the look: Anine Bing dress ($179); Loeffler Randall booties ($450)

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Cropped jacket + shift dress

Layering 101: Drape on when you need coverage and take off whenever you’re overheated. 

Get the look: Cupcakes and Cashmere blazer ($130); Theory dress ($177); Steve Madden shoes ($80)

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