Easy, Breezy Summer Style

Here in New York City, at least, we are approaching that time of year when overheating is not just difficult to avoid, it's inevitable. But there lots of pieces you can wear that will help you keep cool—consider design details like eyelets, cut-outs, and mesh your new best friends. Below, shop some of the styles that will keep you looking and feeling fresh.

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Ah, summer: the season of outdoor music festivals, sunny beach days, and the jarring reminder that air conditioning is a privilege, not a right. Leaving the house fresh only to wilt and dampen moments after leaving is also a trademark event of time period, too, but it's one that can be avoided (or at least alleviated) with smart sartorial choices.

The Alexander Wang spring/summer 2016 collection, shown here at New York Fashion Week, was rife with net-like mesh and sharp cut-outs.
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And lucky for us, there are lots of covetable labels that are here to make that easy for us right now, Alexander Wang and Carven among them. From the former, we saw wide-weave mesh tanks and graphic cut-outs in a variety of silhouettes and colors, and at Carven, eyelets were everywhere, from oversized circular trims to seams with insets that let fresh air flow through multiple parts of the garment.

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With that, let's breeze on over to some of our favorite pieces to shop right now. 

Eyelets

Yes, eyelets were very important at Carven this season, but on top of the fact that anything important to Carven is important to us, they're also a staple summer design motif that has the effect of taking a hole punch to what would have been a much hotter article of clothing. (Hot in a bad way, we mean.) Typically, the design detail is applied to a light, white cotton fabric, but there are lots of brands and designers currently experimenting with eyelets.

Diffusion Eyelet Off-the-Shoulder Top, $188, tibi.com.

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Eyelet Balcony Off-the-Shoulder Top, $88, madewell.com.

High-Waisted Cotton Eyelet Shorts by Carven, $168, modaoperandi.com.

Embroidered Blouse, $25; Embroidered Shorts, $25; both hm.com.

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Finn Eyelet Dress by Clayton, $167, shopbop.com.

Cut-Outs

While eyelets are your more demure, timeless option for outfit ventilation, cut-outs are more  bold and modern. Usually applied in graphic shapes on the upper body, sides of the waist, or as a window in the back, they add a fun twist to otherwise perfectly simple silhouettes and will subtly tell people that it's been a long time since you've skipped pilates so that you don't have to.

Bandeau Dress by T by Alexander Wang, $450, farfetch.com.

Chiffon Camisole Top, $30, hm.com.

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Floral Print Midi Dress, $130, topshop.com.

Cutout Midi Skirt, $274, farfetch.com.

Cutout Muscle Tank Top by Future State, $34, urbanoutfitters.com.

Mesh

Mesh, formerly your go-to option only for raves and rowdy sporting events, has been totally reinvented in the past few years. Reap the benefits with pieces including feminine paneled dresses, embellished tops, and skirts with insets. (You can still wear them to those aforementioned events by the way, you're just going to look a lot more stylish this time around.)

Sequin Embellished Mesh Tee, $60, topshop.com.

Flowy Textured Top, $26, mango.com.

Mesh-Paneled Silk Crepe De Chine Midi Dress, $448, net-a-porter.com.

Olpen Embroidered Mesh Top, $155, theoutnet.com.

Asymmetrical Mesh Hem Crepe Skirt, $417, nordstrom.com.

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