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Keep Your Cool in Short Summer Dresses

Stay Cool for Summer in Short Dresses Sweltering temps and hair-raising humidity beg for minimal fabric that puts limbs on full display. ‘Tis the season for bare legs as short hemlines prevail over stuffy styles of month’s past. Show off your stems with sleek shorties suited for anything from an evening in the city to a holiday in the tropics. Whether you gravitate towards strapless or tanks, plain or patterned, these minis will keep you breezy for the season. So kick back, relax, and welcome warm climes in effortless fashion.

Doll up for date night in a brocade cocktail dress with a scoop neckline and adorable box pleated skirt, or feel the blues in a lacy top and skirt set (above). The bright hue and midriff-baring center crowns this dress the unofficial swimsuit of formalwear. Heading to a fancy gathering? Sparkle and shine in a strapless sequin mini that will have you shimmering on the dance floor, or blossom in pretty florals in this playful little number. A sultry LBD takes a modern twist with a racer-front and daring illusion cutouts that will up your cool factor. With their intricate cutouts and above-the-knee hems, these dresses are (almost) as good as air conditioning. X0, Camille