Heat waves seem like a pretty constant occurrence in Indianapolis these days. With the long weeks with not a single rain cloud in sight, trying the to decided on an outfit for afternoon ice cream or a shopping trip reaches a new level of difficulty. I can’t walk down my drive way in the morning without working up a little sweat on my forehead.

Every summer, I reach this challenging part of the year when I stare down my wardrobe in hopes of inspiration of a unique outfit that I can attempt to stay cool in. When I look through my closet, it makes it a lot easier picking out a look when I have a few ideas already on hand. Sometimes I will take pictures of my favorite outfits so that I will be reminded of them the next time I’m at a loss of ideas.

This small collection of outfits is just right for those kind of days where I want to look stylish and chic, but still functional in the heat. I have put together a few looks that will hopefully help you with your daily outfit choices on casual summer days.

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I had to include this top in one of my outfits. It’s a new find I picked up from a resale shop that I absolutely love. It’s very girly and chic and quite different from a number of the pieces I usually pick up. I’ve always loved the peplum style on shirts, but I always find the lining of the fabric at the stomach to be incredibly uncomfortable. However, this one is super comfortable because of the already stretchy fabric it is made of. In the heat, anything can help, so I often opt for sleeveless tops. The extra air flow under the arms is absolutely necessary. I love how this shirt gives me a little bit of 90s vibes too.

The jean shorts are a basic touch that really allows the shirt to stand out. These are just an old pair of Levi jeans I picked up from Goodwill and made into shorts. What’s great about this outfit is that it doesn’t show any sweat stains because of the durable fabric.

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I finished the look off with a pair of my comfortable Nine West slip on shoes. They are great for lots of walking because of how comfortable they are and a complementary girly touch to this outfit. This entire look is incredibly function in case you are a bit more active on a summer day and want to wear something that you know you won’t have to keep fidgeting or readjusting.

If you want to dress this look up a little for the night, switch out the shoes for a pair of healed boots and throw on a leather jacket!

Top: thrifted (Forever 21)
Shorts: thrifted (Levi)
Shoes: Nine West
Sunglasses: Amazon
Necklace: Forever 21


One easy thing to focus on when it comes to heat is fabric. Focusing on light-weight fabrics allows you to wear whatever you would like as long as it is a particular type of fabric. For this look, I decided to go with a breezey button down, striped top. This shirt is made of incredibly thin nylon material, making to great for those extra hot days. Linen is also a great, light-weight fabric to keep an eye out for. Instead of just buttoning it up as normal, I decided to button it up half way and drape it off the shoulder exposing my bralet. It’s a simple way to make a basic piece more unique.

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I decided that pairing this more sophisticated top with denim shorts would help to give it a more model-off-duty kind of vibe. I just tucked part of the shirt in so that it didn’t drown me. To finish the look off, I selected a pair of nude sandals. It’s a little bit of a nicer shoe, but they are extremely comfortable, and they are easily the best shoes for warm temperatures.

If you’re looking for something different from a tank top and american flag denim shorts, try mixing your reds and blues together like this. It’s easy, stylish, and still patriotic.

Shirt: thrifted (Forever 21)
Shorts: thrifted (Levi)
Shoes: Target


Whenever it’s a real scorcher, my first instinct goes for a dress. The movement of a flowey dress allows so much more air flow than any shorts. You also get the added bonus of it being incredibly simple because you don’t have to worry about mixing and matching two pieces.

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This is a pretty basic summer dress that most women could find in their wardrobe, so I decided to opt for a more unique loafer instead of sandals. It’s a complete contrast of antique and sophistication to the girl-next-door style dress. I also decided to throw on a layered necklace too for a bit more something to the look. I find one of the hardest parts with dresses is trying to style it in a way that is different from the last time I wore it in order to challenge myself. Loading up on the accessories is definitely one way to do that.

Dress: Target
Loafers: Target
Necklace: Forever 21


What are your go-to pieces for a heat wave? Comment bellow! Make sure your you are subscribed to my emailing list so that you are notified every time I post! Also, go ahead and follow me on Instagram to for more lifestyle and outfit content @mollysteckler 

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