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August 4, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Red-hot looks: Stay cool with clothes and accessories designed to beat the heat


By Caitlin King / Special to Sunday Market

Seattle’s extra-hot summer has us rethinking our sartorial choices.

On the region’s warmest days, it can be easier to throw on whatever will keep you cool than to wear something fashionable. But don’t sweat it — you can have it both ways with these pieces that will help you breeze through the rest of summer.


Heading to the office? Look for a throw-on-and-go sundress that works from 9 to 5. A silk dress, such as Madewell’s Silk Playa Dress in Leopard Fade ($148), will keep you cool outdoors and is easy to layer to deal with office AC. Or stay on the cutting edge of fashion in a pair of culottes, such as Elevenses’ Kinney Culottes ($128 at Anthropologie). Soft pleating and wide-leg tailoring make these summer shorts suitable for the workplace.

On weekends, the best way to battle the heat is in a bikini. Pair the Hula Honey Aztec-Printed Underwire Bandeau Bikini Top (on sale for $15 at Macy’s) with the Profile Blush by Gottex Brigitte High Waist Bottom ($40 at Everything But Water, Bellevue) in teal polka-dot for an on-trend mix-and-match look. One-piece suits are especially hot this summer, and the MICHAEL Michael Kors One-Shoulder Maillot ($96 at Nordstrom), in black, coral or white, is perfect for lounging poolside.

The Marrakech Costa Swing Dress ($118 at is a breezy, pale-pink cover-up that performs double duty as a dress. It’s made of crinkled cotton gauze so you can throw it in your beach bag or suitcase without fear of wrinkles.

Refined track pants were hot in winter and spring. Take the trend into summer with a pair of soft shorts, such as the Ace Delivery Sailboat Print Dolphin Shorts (on sale for $39 at Nordstrom). The lightweight shorts feature bright orange trim, and look great with a T-shirt or a slouchy button-down.


When you want to wear flip-flops to work, step instead into J.Crew’s Callie Metallic Sandals ($98). The foot-baring slides have enough style to pair with professional looks.

Keep the sun off your face and out of your eyes with a hat and sunglasses. J.Crew’s Open-Weave Trilby Hat ($32.50) is the company’s take on the super-hot (yet cool) Panama hat. New Belltown shop Moorea Seal boasts an array of chic, affordable sunnies, such as the rounded pink Karu Mollie Sunglasses ($24).

Going from a day at the lake to meeting friends for dinner requires a sturdy, take-everywhere bag, such as the PPendleton Short Sands Tote (on sale for $148 at Horseshoe Boutique, Ballard). The wool, canvas and leather bag has room for all of your weekend market goodies and beach necessities.

Shop Fremont’s newest boutique, Pipe & Row, for a selection of printed Jammypack Coolers ($89). The stylish coolers come with a detachable USB speaker, so you can bring the music and the drinks to your next party.

When it’s hot, putting on makeup may be the last thing you want to do. Ensure your skin can go without with a SkinCeuticals Summer Repair Facial ($95 at Bluemercury, U District). Offered through Aug. 31, this 50-minute treatment uses fruit acids, vitamins and botanicals to prevent and correct summer damage.


Stock up on warm-weather essentials, such as the Tommy Bahama Salerno Island Modern Fit Slub V-Neck T-Shirt ($48 at Nordstrom), which has a slim, modern fit and reverse seams. Replace your old sandals with a clean, all-white sneaker such as the Converse Jack Purcell Sneaker ($60 at Nordstrom).

You can wear a floral shirt to work when it’s the Universal Works Road Shirt (on sale for $99 at Glasswing, Capitol Hill). Add a well-cut pair of shorts, such as Levi’s Twill Chino Shorts (on sale for $30 at Macy’s), for a weekend on the driving range or hanging with friends.

After work, hit the beach in a bold board short such as J.Crew’s 7″ Board Short in Navy ($69.50). Or go for a shorter look, popular this season; Club Monaco’s 4″ Striped Arlen Swim Trunks ($59.50) are both comfortable and classic.

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