The warmer it gets the harder it is to look pulled together. And if you’re allergic to lots of ruffles like I am your summer options can get pretty slim. This year, however, I have discovered a crop of simple dresses that make looking polished, even when it’s 90, possible. While I am not sure about pairing jeans under one of these dresses like Amina Mislin is wearing (above) just because it gets hot, you do need a coverup for air conditioning and for those who are uncomfortable showing off their arms. I like a basic denim jacket, though the Nells Nelson sheer navy silk chiffon trench below would be a beautiful upgrade. I have both the James Perse navy dress and the Vince pleated version (top), so chances are if you see me this summer, I’ll be wearing one (like I am today).
From left: Nells Nelson navy silk chiffon trench, $1500 and navy slip dress, $744; Kendall Conrad bag, $480 Mansur Gavriel slides, $475; Raey crinkle slip dress, $193. photo of Charlize Theron Josh Olins for WSJ Magazine.