July heat is unbearable pretty much everywhere, but nothing quite compares to the stuffy, smelly atmosphere of New York City in summertime. The sweat-inducing humidity makes getting dolled up, let alone breathing, nearly impossible. Your silk maxi dress is all well and good in your air-conditioned apartment, but a few minutes in Central Park will leave that thing clinging to you. I had reverted to a wardrobe of Bar Mitzvah giveaway and summer camp T-shirts (which I’d deluded myself into thinking was cool in an ironic way) when I ran into this Fashionista. Appearing equal parts comfortable and elegant, she made me realize not only that Jewish preteen-chic was not going to happen, but also that it’s possible to look stylish in sweltering heat.

This Fashionista understood that simplicity is key when it comes to dressing for extreme temperatures. She kept her outfit as basic as possible to avoid overheating and dressed it up with fun accessories. If you’re seeking a stylish solution to coping with urban mugginess, look no further than her for inspiration. To get her look, choose a long tank top in a thin fabric (black is good for hiding sweat) and pair it with worn denim cut-offs. If you want to experiment, play around with the proportions. Try a boxy shirt with high-waisted shorts or a teeny crop top with a super baggy pair. Anything goes as long as you let your skin breathe a little.

This Fashionista shielded herself from the sun with a pair of aviators and a summery fedora, and finished the look off with a quilted bag and nude ballet flats. Then, she thoroughly bejeweled herself with interesting pieces of all kinds. Her mix of silver and gold works perfectly thanks to the simplicity of the rest of her outfit and I love how eclectic this assortment is. Some highlights of this Fashionista’s jewelry collection are her dangly ear cuff, butterfly necklace, rhinestone heart bangle and silver Hadaya ring, but I can’t think of a single item that wouldn’t work here. To achieve this whimsical vibe I recommend digging through your jewelry box and just piling it on at will.

Tempting as it can be to throw on that “I Made a Splash at Deena’s Bat Mitzvah” T-shirt from 2004 (get it, because it was a pool party?), remember that looking decent in 90-degree weather is not as hard as you think. All it takes are a couple of basics and a sprinkling of eye-catching gems.

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