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Beat the heat with these cool summer styles

"Today" style editor Judy Gordon offers some tips to help you heat up your wardrobe, but keep your cool, during the dog days of summer.
/ Source: TODAY

Baby, it's hot out there! Looking fashionably fabulous can indeed be a challenge when the temperature (and the humidity) is on the rise. But there are ways to keep your cool, and here's how to do it with style in this edition of The Trend Report.

Trend tip: Want a quick "band aid" hair fix? Cut an 8" wide strip from the leg of a pair of pantyhose or tights. Slide on your head and scrunch for that wide look. Voila!


Trend tip: Step away from the ironing board! Casual linen pieces such as shirts or shorts can be machine washed and dried (unless you prefer an ultra-crisp look). They'll soften and actually become less wrinkled the more you wash them!

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Trend tip: If the temperature happens to dip a bit, try leggings. They’re a red-hot trend for fall, and you can get a jump-start on the trend by layering a pair of black or white jersey knit leggings under your dresses and skirts.

Trend tip: Classic "prepster" style somehow looks perfectly composed on even the hottest days. If you like it, add a polo-styled dress or two to your wardrobe to get you through the summer.

Trend tip: For the most sophisticated look, steer clear of bright colors. Choose a more muted color palette instead, balanced with neutrals such as black, brown, navy or beige. Add always-stylish tortoise accessories and you've put together a summer wardrobe that will work this year ... and next.

Judy Gordon is a New York-based style consultant and the “Today” show’s style editor. She has been covering the fashion and beauty beat for the past decade. To learn more about Gordon, you can visit her Web site,, which highlights style trends in America and across the world.

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