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15 Breezy Pieces To Beat The European Heat Wave

Dresses, rompers, skirts, shorts and more.

By Tess Falotico

23 July 2019

If you haven't already heard, there’s a record-breaking heat wave rippling through Europe right now, with temperatures passing 100°F. It's SO hot, in fact, that school exams are being cancelled in France, mist showers are being installed in public squares in Vienna and carriage horses are being given days off in the Alps.

As temperatures rise, the question for travelers remains: what to pack for that European vacation? Tempting as it is to wear your running clothes all day every day, you won’t see many Italian women in shorts and tees. Instead, reach for flowy dresses, easy-to-wear jumpsuits and breezy skirts from our oh-so-stylish friends at THE OUTNET. You’ll be just as comfortable without going full “tourist.”

Throw-on-and-go dresses

When it’s 96°F and sunny, you’ll be grateful for a flowy skirt and bare shoulders.

Off-the-shoulder floral print coupé chiffon maxi dress
Mikael Aghal
THE OUTNET: $384

This dress would look as good with leather sandals in Sorrento as it would with white sneakers in Rome.

Lily belted embroidered linen-gauze maxi dress
March11
THE OUTNET: $380

No one does playful elegance like Mansur Gavriel, and this dress is no exception.

Pleated linen dress
Mansur Gavriel
THE OUTNET: $447

The perfect white dress—a summertime staple.

Amaya wrap-effect checked burnout poplin midi dress
Iris & Ink
THE OUTNET: $160

You don’t need much to turn this dress into an outfit. The floral print speaks for itself.

Joycedale floral-print silk crepe de chine maxi dress
Ganni
THE OUTNET: $499

Versatile one-pieces

This print reminds us of Florentine paper and, incidentally, it would be so chic for dinner by Palazzo Vecchio.

Hollywood wrap-effect floral-print voile jumpsuit
Ba&sh
THE OUTNET: $198

Zimmermann gives us a perfect romper, with the ease of shorts and the femininity of a dress. No wonder they coined it a "playsuit."

One-shoulder ruffled floral-print silk-georgette playsuit
Zimmermann
THE OUTNET: $346

Skirts to mix and match

Wear a printed skirt with a white tee and sneakers on the hottest days. Then swap in an easy top and heeled sandals before you head out for aperitivo hour.

Julian ruched striped crepe midi skirt
TIBI
THE OUTNET: $198

This See by Chloe skirt is beachy, but refined enough for seaside drinks. A win-win.

Gathered printed cotton-blend gauze midi skirt
See By Chloe
THE OUTNET: $187

Bring this Love Sam skirt to Italy’s more casual, underrated beach towns on the Italian Riveria.

Ruffle-trimmed floral-print cotton-blend maxi skirt
Love Sam
THE OUTNET: $172

Easy tops

Pair a summery top with a skirt or, dare we say, jeans if the temperature dips below 75.

Crochet-trimmed embroidered striped seersucker cotton blouse
Love Sam
THE OUTNET: $172

Mixed textures and lace add interest without adding weight.

Lace-trimmed ruffled crepe top
Iro
THE OUTNET: $200

Some days you just need to put your hair in a top knot and cool down. This top is for those days.

Off-the-shoulder printed cotton-blend poplin top
Caroline Constas
THE OUTNET: $182

Shorts you can actually get away with

Remember what we said about Italian women and their aversion to shorts? This pair by Zimmermann is as elegant and versatile as a skirt.

Lace-up striped linen shorts
Zimmermann
THE OUTNET: $278

For a bike ride in the city or a climb through Cinque Terre’s seaside hills, polished shorts like these are the move.

Crocheted cotton shorts
See by Chloe
THE OUTNET: $170

Don't mess around when it comes to that mid-summer European heat. Armed with a custom Journy itinerary and a suitcase full of breezy staples from THE OUTNET, you'll be set for vacation success.