As summer approaches, finding cute, modest, and comfortable outfits to deal with the heat can be challenging.
Thankfully Canada doesn't become swelteringly hot. But as soon as the temperature exceeds 25°C, we modest-wearing women face a dilemma. We can no longer hide under oversized hoodies and long sweaters, rendering our entire winter collection useless. And the shirts we used to wear underneath our jackets? They all have problems; either the neck is too deep, or the sleeves are too short. Or even worse, they're see-through!
This means we have to re-shop our whole collection.
Worry not; with the right fabric and style, it's possible to look good whilst staying cool.
Here, I'll share six types of clothing to help you create cute modest summer outfits for hot weather. I will also share our top hacks for styling them. Here we go!
Styling Dresses for Summer
Maxi dresses are popular for summer because they're breezy and provide full coverage. Floral and printed maxi dresses add color and pattern to your wardrobe, giving those 'summer feels.' Plus, they're excellent modest vacation outfits because they look great on the gram. When choosing a maxi dress, look for fabrics like satin and chiffon that are lightweight and breathable. Wear open-toe shoes to stay cool while wearing a maxi dress.
When choosing a maxi dress, look for full coverage. This means mock necks, full sleeves, full length, and no slits. A full dress means you won't have to wear additional layers underneath or on top of the dress to cover your skin. Check out our collection of maxi dresses for some inspiration.
Sometimes you'll fall in love with a maxi dress only to find out it has a slit. Although slits look great and allow for more airflow to prevent sweating, they may be a little revealing for some. Consider wearing a slip made from a lightweight fabric like lawn underneath. This will help to absorb sweat and prevent the dress from sticking to your skin. Avoid leggings underneath the dress because they prevent your skin from breathing.
Since we can't wear jackets over the maxi dress because of the heat, another way to style it is to accessorize with a belt. Adding a belt can define your waistline and create a more flattering silhouette. Choose a thin belt made from a lightweight material like leather or fabric.
Check out our collection of Dresses for some inspiration.
Styling Jumpsuits for Summer
Jumpsuits are a versatile option for summer that can be dressed up or down. Basic jumpsuits in neutral colors are an excellent choice for everyday wear. Look for jumpsuits made from lightweight fabrics like lawn, cotton, or linen to stay cool in hot weather. Accessorizing with a hat or choosing sandals can help you stay comfortable wearing a jumpsuit. Check out our collection of jumpsuits to find your perfect fit.
Choose a jumpsuit with wide legs that will keep you cool. Wide-legged jumpsuits allow for airflow and can help prevent sweating.
Since you don't want to wear a jacket, another way to style a jumpsuit is to accessorize with a statement necklace or earrings. Adding jewelry can elevate your outfit and create a more polished look.
Check out our collection of Jumpsuits for some inspiration.
Styling Modest Summer Matching Sets
matching sets are a smart option for summer that provide full coverage while still being comfortable. Formal and everyday matching sets are both excellent choices depending on the occasion. Look for lightweight fabrics like cotton or rayon to stay cool while wearing a matching set. Choosing a set with shorts or a skirt can also help you stay comfortable in hot weather. Check out our collection of matching sets to find your perfect match.
Choose a set with a loose-fitting top to stay cool while wearing a matching set. This will allow for airflow and prevent sweating. Additionally, consider wearing a matching set with a hat or sunglasses. This will protect you from the sun and add a stylish touch to your outfit.
Check out our collection of Matching Sets for some inspiration.
Another way to style a matching set is to accessorize with a crossbody bag or clutch. Adding a bag can be both functional and fashionable. You can also wear a matching set with a denim jacket or blazer for a more professional look.
Styling Cardigans for Summer
Cardigans are versatile pieces of clothing that can be worn year-round. In the summer, look for essential cardigans in neutral colors that can be layered over tank tops or dresses. Go for light colors like white and cream or pastel colors like lilac or mint. Light colors keep you cool by reflecting the sun's heat. Short-sleeve cardigans are also a great way to keep cool while adding an extra layer to your outfit. Check out our collection of cardigans for some inspiration
Check out our collection of Cardigans for some inspiration.
To stay cool while wearing a cardigan, choose a cardigan with a loose fit. This will allow for airflow and prevent sweating. Additionally, consider selecting a cardigan with a thinner material. This will help you stay comfortable even when you're layering up.
Another way to style a cardigan is to opt for a beaded or embellished cardigan. Adding a cardigan with unique details can elevate your outfit and create an alluring look. You can also wear a cardigan with a belt to cinch your waistline and create a flattering silhouette.
Styling Modest Summer Tops
Tops are an essential part of any summer wardrobe. Basic tops in neutral colors are great for everyday wear, while printed and beaded tops can add color and texture to your outfit. Look for lightweight fabrics like cotton or linen to stay cool in hot weather. Choose a top with a loose fit to stay cool. Loose tops allow for airflow and prevent sweating.
Check out our collection of Tops for some inspiration.
When buying tops, follow the same criteria we mentioned for dresses; make sure the sleeves are full-length, the cloth isn't sheer, and the neck isn't deep. Otherwise, you'll have to wear two layers to get full coverage.
If you have short-sleeved tops, instead of wearing a t-shirt underneath for coverage., buy a couple of arm-sleeves in basic colors such as black, white, off-white, and beige. This will save you from sweating in double layers. You can thank us later! Also, consider buying a top-extender. Top-extenders or half-shirts allow you to repurpose your short shirts to create a modest outfit.
Styling Pants for Summer
Pants may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of modest summer clothing, but they can be an excellent choice for modest casual outfits. Look for lightweight fabrics like linen or cotton to stay cool in hot weather. Wide-legged pants are also a great option, as they allow for airflow and can prevent sweating. Check out our collection of pants for some inspiration.
Style pants with a knee-length button-down shirt. This outfit is our personal favorite for when I'm running errands about town or traveling. It's not just cute but practical and comfy. You can also accessorize with a wide-brimmed hat or sunglasses for that summer/beachy touch.
Styling cute modest summer outfits for hot weather is all about choosing fabrics, light colors, and full-coverage pieces. Whether you prefer maxi dresses, jumpsuits, matching sets, cardigans, tops, or pants, there are plenty of options. Don't forget to check out our clothing collection of summer outfits for women for inspiration. And always remember to prioritize comfort and breathability when choosing your wardrobe. After all, no outfit is worth suffering for!
Customers Also Ask
How do you dress modest in the summer?
When dressing modestly in the summer, it's crucial to prioritize lightweight and breathable fabrics to keep you cool and comfortable. Choose loose-fitting styles in natural fibers like lawn, linen, cotton, and Tencel, which allow for airflow and help to wick away sweat. Opt for longer hemlines and sleeves to provide coverage while allowing ventilation. Be bold and play with layers by incorporating lightweight scarves, jackets, or cardigans to add dimension and texture to your outfit while providing additional coverage. Accessorize with hats and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun while staying stylish. Finally, what's most important is choosing clothing that fits well and makes you feel confident and comfortable, regardless of trends or societal expectations!
How to wear a hijab without getting hot?
When wearing hijab, go for lighter colors and breathable fabrics to stay cool in the heat. Choose Turkish lawn, cotton, linen, and natural fibers that allow airflow and moisture absorption. Opt for loose-fitting styles that don't cling to your body, which can trap heat and cause discomfort. Avoid synthetic fabrics like polyester and georgette, as they don't breathe well and can exacerbate heat retention. One of my favorite hacks is to use a net hijab cap instead of a jersey one or go commando by dropping the hijab cap altogether! Finally, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day can also help regulate your body temperature and keep you feeling cool.