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As the mercury soars, make sure your fashion quotient does too with our comprehensive list of tips.

Summer can be a challenging season to dress for many women. You reveal more about yourself and your body than in any other season and have fewer layering tricks at your disposal to either cover up certain parts or create a nice silhouette.  It’s also harder to create a ‘new’ look every day, since you can’t really play too much with jackets, layers and scarves. However, the best part about dressing for the summer is that you are spoilt for choice.

We’ve compiled a list of smart dressing tips for you to follow this summer to make sure you look and feel as sharp as possible with the soaring temperatures.

Keep your clothes loose – When it’s hot outside, you want to be wearing clothes that let your skin breathe. Honestly, the looser, the better. The less fabric you have actually touching your body, the cooler you will be. Believe it or not, a loose, flowing maxi dress will keep you cooler than a pair of shorts and a skintight tank. Plus it looks a lot cuter! Even though Bermuda shorts and button-downs aren't as short as tight tanks, the extra wiggle room will allow air to circulate a lot better. The cardinal rule to hot-weather dressing is that bigger is better.

Skip the padded bra - Unless you really have a thing for under-boob sweat, swap the padded bras in favor of soft, unlined bralettes. These are a million times more comfortable and will let your skin breathe without compromising on lift and support.

Avoid flimsy fabrics -Lightweight fabrics are great for hot weather, but they need to have a little structure so that they don't just cling to your body the second you start to sweat. Or worse, they’re so loose that they make it look like you’re wearing a glorified burlap sack. If you shop for Women’s casual western wear online you’ll find more than enough options to keep you happy for the entire season.

Embrace the dark side - You probably learned in school that darker colors retain more heat, but a black shirt and a white one offer you almost the same level of protection from the heat. However, when it comes to hiding sweat the darker colors are your friend. Opt for darker colors in breathable fabrics if you don’t want to be the one with pit-stains.

Be Bag smart - When it comes to bags, you want to make sure to choose one that doesn't touch your skin. It is probably the worst feeling when you have a bag clinging to your skin, making you sweaty and sticky. A cross body with a thin strap that sits effortlessly near your hip or thigh is easier to carry than a shoulder bag that sticks to your armpits. 

Dress it up! – Body con dresses are a complete no-no when it comes to the summer months, but you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dresses. Popular women’s western wear brands offer you so many options you can choose from. However, your best bet would be to embrace the slip dress this summer as your go-to for going out. It's sexy but not clingy — perfect for hot nights.

Choose interesting designs - When you are only wearing one layer, make it as interesting as possible. Choose tops that have an interesting design detail. Pick a top that has an usual back design or a fun neckline and all you need is a good basic bottom like some nice white trousers or skirt and you will look, modern & polished yet remain cool.

Go graphic - Accessorizing and playing with colors and patterns is perfect for making your summer outfit more interesting. A very flirty option when you’re going casual is to pair a funky pair of boxers with a strappy top and just go set the town on fire. You can buy girl’s boxers online now! Yes, they have an entire line of boxers especially designed for women!

What are you waiting for? With these tips you have a whole bunch of ideas to customize and personalize your outfit while still playing it cool – literally! Tell us how you plan on making the mercury rise with your fashion this summer.