That's Haute!: Cool Style That Beats the Heat

Look hot while staying cool with these fashionable finds and top tips to keep you stylish during the scorching months.

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We're sharing our top 10 trends and tips for beating the Dallas heat in style; find out why we love white, why ditching your denim is a good thing, and what fabrics we're avoiding this season. More importantly, check out where you can shop our favorite looks to stay cool while looking haute.
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Forever 21, Intermix
We wear short shorts, and you should too. Stay cool in one of these adorable pairs. Left: ethnic print shorts, Forever 21, $14.80, Forever 21. Right: lace surf shorts, Miguelina, $150, Intermix.
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Nordstrom, BCBG, J. Crew
Dress up! One of our favorite fashionistas wears exclusively dresses during Summer as a way to stay cool. From left: pocket tank dress, Lush, $39, Nordstrom; "Taja" printed strapless dress, BCBG, $238, BCBG; "Winnie" ruffled dress, J. Crew, $225, J. Crew.
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Macy's, Cusp
One of our top tips for Summer dressing? Ditch the denim. It's too warm this time of year, and jilting your jeans in favor of chic pants like these items in linen and cotton blends will keep you cool in more ways than one.nLeft: printastic jumper, RACHEL Rachel Roy, $74.99, Macy's.nRight: "Arthur" pants, Alice + Olivia, $198, Cusp.
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ASOS, American Eagle
Doesn't a white out sound blissful during the long Dallas summer? And while snow is beyond unlikely, you can apply the soothing concept to your wardrobe in ethereal dresses that beat the heat. Left: "Ally" deconstructed dress, Whistles, $163.77, ASOS.com Right: "Sunny" aerie dress, American Eagle, $49.50, American Eagle.
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Stylista
Need super quick relief when it's sweltering? Cool down instantly by pulling your hair back into a soft ponytail, a la Cameron Diaz, or creating a side pony with a boho braid, as seen here on the runway. That way, your luxe locks will stay lovely and you'll get some needed breathing room during hot night's out.
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Cusp, Urban Outfitters
Lace is on trend and awesomely breathable, making it ideal for Dallas Summers. Left: dolman-sleeve lace top, Beyond Vintage, $185, Cusp. Right: "January" dress, Dolce Vita, $168, Urban Outfitters.
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Bernardo, Target, Kohl's
Rock your thongs! But only on your feet, of course; skip the socks and more closed in shoes during Summer to avoid overheating. Clockwise from left: "Milly" sandals in Juniper, Bernardo, $109, BernardoFootwear.com; "Pari" sandals, Mossimo, $24.99, Target; suede fringe sandals, LC by Lauren Conrad, $21.99, Kohl's.
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Urban Outfitters
Avoid tops in silk or chiffon in favor of cotton tanks and tees like these relaxed styles; they're less likely to show any signs of sweat or stick to you in the heat. Left and center: skinny knot back tank, Sparkle and Fade, $39, Urban Outfitters. Right: "Native Chief" oversized fringed tee, Title Unknown, $39, Urban Outfitters.
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Gap, Henri Bendel, Hermes
As any Dallas girl knows, the intense air conditioning in chic establishments can cause chills when wearing Summer's flirty dresses. Snag a wrap to toss on when indoors. Clockwise from left: dip-dyed wrap, Gap, $29.95, Gap.com; "Island Girl" wrap, Henri Bendel, $135, Henri Bendel; "Les Sangles" shawl, Hermes, $1075, Hermes.
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Shopbop.com, Saks
Getting dressed for work can be tough when temps soar, but try lightweight separates, like those pictured here from Elizabeth and James, to stay office appropriate during Summer. Left: "Murakami" blazer, $186.59; "Salvia" dress, $545; both by Elizabeth and James, Saks Fifth Avenue. Right: "Elizabeth" blazer, $276.50; "Deacon" pants, $199.50; both by Elizabeth and James, Shopbop.com.
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