It seems like one of the main topics of conversation this week has been the weather. From Seattle to Chicago to the East Coast, much of the country is experiencing a sweltering and, in some cases, dangerous heat wave. And the bad news is it doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. With humidity levels at 70 percent and temperatures outside that feel close to 100 degrees, it is important to stay hydrated, find some shade and, of course, dress appropriately.

This Fashionista has the perfect heat wave approved look. As her T-shirt states, even a “Fashion Maniac” can sport a chic ensemble while remaining cool in a heat wave.

First rule of thumb when dressing for a heat wave: read the label. No, for once I don’t mean for designers. Read your labels to see the composition of the garment. Synthetic fabrics don’t breathe and will only make you more overheated. Opt for cotton or linen to stay cool. This Fashionista’s graphic T-shirt is not only a great cotton option, but is also on trend. Graphic T-shirts are a favorite amongst Fashionistas and Fashionistos alike and there is no better time then the present to wear them.

The second rule: show some skin. Now, this doesn’t mean sporting a barely there bikini and hot pants. You can still show skin in a tasteful way, like this Fashionista. She sports some cotton, high-waisted shorts that are not skin tight. The breathable fabric is once again far more favorable in the heat then a pair of leather or denim shorts. Plus, the flowy silhouette let’s you bask in the occasional gust of wind that comes your way.

Finally, be sure to pull your hair back. I love wearing my hair down with beachy waves just as much as the next person. However, when the temperature gets up there, I curse having long hair. This Fashionista keeps her neck cool with an adorable headband. A printed headband is an inexpensive way to keep your hair in check during a heat wave. Simply toss on a headband, throw your hair in a pony tail or a fishtail braid and your hair still looks polished and put together.

Now when you find yourself forced to face the heat, you can do so in style.

One Simple Change: Once the sun has gone down and the temperature has cooled off, it is time to go out with friends to celebrate. Simply switch out the flats for a pair of wedges and throw on a patterned blazer and you are ready to cheers to the hottest week of the year.

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