We’re getting into the most serious heat of the season, so it’s time to get serious about not just surviving but thriving throughout the month of August and beyond. I’m a firm believer that what you wear impacts your mood, and when it gets sweaty out there, we can use all the help we can get.
These pieces will not only make you smile all day long, but they’re super easy, no-brainer complete all-in-one outfits—because it’s too hot to think right now.
One more thing you don’t have to think about with most of these brands: they have built-in eco-conscious efforts, whether it’s B-corp membership, organic certification, or other sustainable practices.
Keep cool, look stunning, and dress effortlessly with these outfits for this scorching August.
Ace & Jig playsuit in Popcorn, $325
Ace & Jig’s new fabric Popcorn has quickly become my new favorite from this ethical, inclusive brand with a cult following. You’d be hard-pressed to stay in a bad mood while wearing this jubilant fabric. All of Ace & Jig’s fabrics are designed in-house and woven ethically in India in Fair Trade Certified facilities.
Rhode Phoebe Dress $198
This dress will also lift your mood with its jungle-inspired print, which features different wildlife and foliage. The light cotton fabric and folkloric print are ideal for summer dining outside.
Amour Vert Luella, washable silk dress $330
If wearing a bouquet of vibrant flowers doesn’t make you smile, I’m not sure what will. What else makes me smile? Silk that doesn’t require a trip to the dry cleaner.
Gucci striped Boat Print Silk Dress, $3.300
I’d rather be sailing, but if I can’t, I’ll be just as happy sipping a spritzer in this sailboat-print dress. Light as a feather, you’ll float to your next beachside happy hour in this vintage-travel-inspired dress.
Ganni seersucker smocked maxi dress, $445
Seersucker, ruchings, and organic fabric combine to make this versatile dress. Wear it anywhere from a wedding in the daytime to a brunch. Wherever you’re headed, you feel the opposite of blue.
Mara Hoffman Ramona dress, $625
It could be your last opportunity to get this favorite of fashion insiders. The color block fabric is stretchy and body con, but the popcorn effect and bold, wavy print flatters every single person I’ve seen wearing it. It’s made ethically in India of environmentally-responsible Tencel Modal.
ocean+main cobalt silk placket V-neck long caftan, $365
There’s nothing I love wearing more than a caftan, and if it’s in an energetic cobalt blue, even better. Caftans are not only comfortable but can also be worn at the beach, with Birkenstocks and lots of gold jewelry. Oprah has been a fan for years, and you can’t help but love the brand because of their commitment towards sustainability.
Sézane Eris dress, $230
If you could bottle up joy and put it in a dress, I’m thinking you’d get something like this striped, colorful beauty from eco-luxury brand Sézane. The strapless dress has lace interwoven between the stripes. It’s sure to put a smile on the face of every passerby—and you.