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How to stay cool, and cute, in steamy Texas weather

One hundred and four, 98, 112 — sound like your future exam scores? Try the scorching Texas temps. And while it may be enticing to strip down to a swimsuit as soon as August arrives, these fashion tips will keep you stylish without losing your cool.

Romper. Call it 2011’s version of overalls. A cross between a pair of shorts and a dress, a romper will get you through any heat wave. Pay particular attention to loose styles made of lightweight fabric — tight or clingy materials feel suffocating. And because it’s an entire outfit in one piece, just add some strappy sandals and a metallic necklace to complete the look.

Linen. Any type of clothing made of linen is great for beating the heat. This textile is made of flax seed fibers and stays fresh to conquer the rising temperatures. Take advantage of white pieces before Labor Day arrives — nothing looks more summery than a white linen top. And when opportunities arise that require legs to be back under wraps, wide-leg linen pants won’t cause you to overheat.

Tunic. A tunic is a loose, flowing top that comes in an array of patterns and colors. Beading around the collar will dress up any outfit without having to fuss with any extra jewelry. And, because it is an unrestricting garment, the slightest breath of summer wind will keep you breezy. Blast the heat index by pairing one with white shorts and sky-high wedges. The best part about tunics? They transition easily into fall by wearing them over jeans or capris.

Fishtail Braid. While there is a time and place for long, beautiful curls, 110-degree weather simply isn’t it. To keep your hair off your neck, whip it up in a fishtail braid. This hairstyle is very similar to a French braid, but divides the hair into only two sections instead of three. Inept at braiding? A messy, low bun is an easy and chic alternative. Pop in a colorful flower to add bohemian flair.

Sunglasses. The harmful UV rays can do damage to more than just your skin. Protect your eyes with a pair of cute sunglasses. The options are endless, but our favorites this summer are TOMS Eyewear. Kill two birds with one stone by looking trendy and giving eyesight to those in need.

Cardigan. A sweater may seem a little out of place on our list, but as the temperature skyrockets outside, air conditioning is blasting inside. To avoid the extreme temperature change, keep a light cardigan close by. Stick with neutral colors like beige, white, or grey to prevent a severely mismatched outfit. And when it’s time to venture back outside, just toss the cardigan in your bag.

Cross-body Bag. Leave your hands free for summer activities with a cross-body bag. When picking a satchel, don’t be afraid of color; neon satchels have been spotted all over street style blogs this season. Fill it with SPF lip balm, mineral water facial spray, a good sunscreen, and bronzer to make sure you always look fresh and fabulous, not sweaty and melted. 

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