If you’ve ever spent a summer in New York City, you know it can get hot. Like, start sweating through your silk blouse before leaving your apartment hot. While we’d like to think that we can just put on a bikini and denim cutoffs and call it a day, that look isn’t exactly feasible for the office. Thus we’ve spent the better part of our adult lives trying to figure out a go-to arsenal of outfits that are heatwave-friendly and elevated—because trust us when we say you’re going to need them.
We’ve learned to appreciate the power of a sleeveless top that has such a gorgeously structured silhouette that you’d never dare think it similar to that stretchy tank you wear to the gym; that said, we’ve also amassed quite a collection of outfit ideas that do allow us to wear that casual cotton top with a range of more dressed-up bottoms, making it both work- and dinner date–friendly. What’s more is that for casual days off-duty, accessories make all the difference when it comes to making a pair of jean shorts and T-shirts that are just as elegant as your less summer-friendly long pants and cashmere sweaters.
Whether NYC is the concrete jungle you proudly call home or you’re simply planning a trip to the big city during the hottest months of the year, take a cue from the stylish girls below and start planning your summertime outfits to keep you cool now.
Whether you live in NYC, are just going for a visit, or simply want to channel the style of the city that never sleeps this summer, consider the above looks as we kick off the warmest months of the year.