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Don't Know How Or When To Wear A Cami?

What to do when it's too hot for sleeves.

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Are the blazing heatwaves making you dread every item in your closet? Intense summer weather isn’t a friend to fashion. Instead of sporting our cute new threads, we just want to park in front of the AC in our birthday suit waiting for the burning hellscape to pass. But that would mean missing out on all the awesomeness that is summertime fun (like rosé slushies with the gals!), and that is totally unacceptable. So what’s a girl to wear that will make her look good and feel – literally – cool? That would be where camis come in.
 
We remember way back when camisoles were only considered lingerie, worn under clothing to give a sleeker look. The camisole was meant to be invisible, not the focus of an outfit – what dark days those were. Since then, these sleek, chic tops have stepped into the light with a variety of colors, fabrics, prints and prices. Many designers have even taken the signature spaghetti strap blouse and lengthened it into a dress. The minimal amount of lightweight fabric makes a cami an ideal option for hot weather. And because of the range of styles, they can be fashioned for any function. From a sexy date night to a Sunday funday, camis have you (just about) covered for maximum gorgeousness. 

Scroll through our styling tips for summer occasions, and shop for your must-have warm weather staple: 

FLAUNT IT FOR DATE NIGHT

You were already wondering how to wow that hot, but still woke, date from Bumble, so why not dazzle them with a an edgy, feminine ensemble? Pair a come-hither silk cami with dark denim jeans, a beaded clutch and some Manolos, and watch their eyes shine as you strut up to the bar, drop your bag and buy the first round (because you’re progressive like that).
 
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Cami NYC The Jackie Rose Dust - $168
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H&M+ Satin Top - $35
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& Other Stories V Neck Cami Top - $55
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River Island Plus Metallic V Neck Cami - $29
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Cami NYC The Harley Black - $198
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New Look Pink Knot Side Wrap Front Cami Top - €25
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Free People Two Street Fishnet Cami - $48
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ASOS Curve Cami Top With Oversized Mesh Insert - $29
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Topshop Corset Cami - $40
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KEEP IT CASUAL FOR BRUNCH

Brunch, a now time-honored Sunday (and Saturday... and sometimes Wednesday) tradition, is best done in open air. But sweltering all day under the sun is not an attractive look, which makes cotton or rayon camisoles a breezy styling choice. Pair a colorful mixed print with a breeze culotte or cut-off denim skirt and metallic mules for a chic yet comfortable outfit that lets you have your fill of unlimited mimosas without wilting. 
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Topshop Casial Cami - $30
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Urban Outfitters Blue Cropped Velvet Cami - $24
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River Island Plus Black Shoulder Tie Cami Top - $30
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New Look Curves Cream Floral Print Tie Strap Cami - €23
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Cami NYC The Gemma Quiet Harbor Stripe - $168
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Missguided White Cross Back Cami Top - $29
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Topshop Fluro Sheering Cami - $45
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Flynn Skye Summer Crop - $88
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Mango Embroidered Denim Top - $30
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FASHION IT FORMAL FOR BLACK-TIE

For the woman who doesn’t like to wear a dress, camis are your fashionable ticket out. Lace details and silk textures will help make your top stand out as an understated, but luxurious, addition to your look. Match a deep-v camisole with a high, paperbag waist palazzo pant and a light black blazer to keep it formal. High-neck camis worn tucked into a maxi skirt will show off your shoulders and back for an elegant look. Perfect for a wedding or a special night at the theatre. 
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ASOS Deep Plunge Lace Insert Camisole Tank - $45
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Zara Camisole Top - $20
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ASOS Curve Sequin Plunge Halter Top - $57
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Free People Paths Cross Embellished Cami - $68
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Cami NYC The Emily Quiet Harbor - $158
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ASOS Sequin Cami With V Neck - $42
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& Other Stories Lace Cami Top - $55
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Free People Silk Mesh Crew - $68
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ASOS Curve Swing Cami With Strap Detail Front - $29
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