What DC Fashion Girls Wear During the Hot and Humid Summer

It’s hard to look chic in the heat. You can get as creative as you want layering on accessories, but the more you wear, the more you’ll sweat. To find out how fashion girls keep their cool and their style in check even during DC’s grossest months, we reached out to five local bloggers for their go-to summer looks.

Alicia Chew of Alicia Tenise

Photograph by Jen Eun.

What she wears: “When it gets extremely hot and humid in DC, I always opt for a dress in a breathable fabric. I’ve been loving the off the shoulder trend lately, and this MLM Label dress has a fun, swingy silhouette and is perfect for even the hottest days of the season!” says Chew.

What she’s wearing: MLM Label dress, Coach tote, Daniel Wellington watch, Taudrey cuff braceletSteve Madden wedges, Selima Optique sunglasses, and LIPP Beautifully semi-custom lipstick.

Natalie Pinto of The Fashionably Broke

Photo courtesy Natalie Pinto.

What she wears: “White linen is one of my favorite fabrics to wear in the summertime because of its light and airy look and feel,” says Pinto. “And this two-piece set is no exception; it feels just as easy-breezy as it looks! It’s not only comfortable, but is a great way to look covered without feeling it.”

What she’s wearing: Free People two-piece crop top and culottes, Steve Madden fringe heels, Urban Outfitters sunglasses, Gold Philosophy jewelry, and a Misela bag.

Julien Garman of It’s Julien

Photo by Erin Krespan.

What she wears: “I’ve worn a variation of this outfit on repeat all summer,” says Garman. “This high-waisted, pleated skirt is so lightweight that I have a hard time wearing anything else to work. I also opted for a breathable cropped blouse, lightweight jewelry, and open-toe sandals for a chic, work-appropriate look that doesn’t weigh me down.”

What she’s wearing: Vetta topTake 5 Boutique skirtBanana Republic shoes,  Cuyana bag, Gorjana necklace, Kapten & Son watch, and Neo-Ne via iStyleUp sunglasses.

Lacey Faeh of A Lacey Perspective


What she wears: “When DC gets deep into its hot summer days I go for simple and easy dresses. Thin straps, light fabric, and hair up,” says Faeh. “This dress is from ShopBop and is only $60 (no joke) and it comes in white (which will be my next purchase)! Toss on you favorite wedges and your go-to large sunnies and you are ready to stylishly survive the DC heat.”

What she’s wearing: English Factory dress, DVF wedges, Karen Walker sunglasses, and Saint Laurent bag.

Sarah Phillips of 52 Thursdays

Photo by Emma Weiss Photo.

What she wears: “DC has been extra hot and humid this summer which makes it pretty hard to put together an outfit without sweating through it. Growing up in the area I have had some practice dealing with the summer heat, so I try to avoid jeans, pants, or any kind of clothing that will stick to my body,” says Phillips. “Dresses are definitely a go-to for me during the hot summer months—oh, and iced coffee helps too!”

What she’s wearing: Zara crochet dress, Vince Camuto wedges, Urban Outfitters sunglasses, Christian Paul watch, and Chloe bag via Bag Borrow or Steal.

Associate Editor

Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.