Start Summer Right With These Must-Have Hot Weather Pieces

Enjoy every minute of the season in these must-have summer clothes

The unofficial start of summer was weeks ago, and you’re still not sure what to buy as you restock your summer wardrobe. Not to worry. Lands’ End has everything you need. Consider this your summer-ready cheat sheet. From shirts to shorts to dresses, our team of professionals wrote it all down and will walk you through everything you need to know when it comes to the art of looking great and feeling cool all summer long. 

What shorts are best for active lifestyles?

Shorts with plenty of stretch, an elastic waist and fabric that does more than look good are the way to go. Lands’ End athletic shorts were made for the up, down, all-around moves the season requires. Running errands, walking the dog, watching out for deliveries… if that sounds like your day to day, you’re sure to love these shorts. In fact, they’re so comfy and easy to wear, they just might inspire you to say goodbye to last summer’s shorts once and for all. That’s because Lands’ End’s everyday active shorts were designed for your non-stop day. You don’t have to be hitting the gym to find a million excuses to wear these women’s shorts. After all, sometimes everyday life’s a full on workout. That’s why we put in the work to think of it all while designing these stylish shorts. The woven fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles. They even have bike shorts built in for extra comfort when your days heat up. There’s even a hidden pocket in the ultra-comfy knit waistband and an invisible zip security pocket, too. So, you have a safe spot to store your cell phone and credit card granting you the freedom to leave your purse hanging in the mudroom. 

What shirts can be worn with active shorts?

If you love the idea of wearing active shorts, but you’re just not quite sure which shirts would look best with them, not to worry. Creating the perfect pair is actually super easy. Summer’s dynamic duo begins with a pair of flattering active shorts and ends with soft, made-to-move tees, tanks and tunics. Look for shirts with performance features built in. Moisture-wicking fabric will keep you cooler, and UPF 50 sun protection built in means safer summer days. Find them in all your favorite colors and patterns. That’s all it takes to build an outfit designed to get the day up and running. The quick-dry fabric requires less dryer time. Plus,’s hard to describe the joy of less hours spent in the laundry room. 

What pieces help you look polished on hot days?

Your summer closet needs pieces that are designed to stay looking cool even when the temps are just plain hot, hot hot. If you’re a cotton fan and want an always-polished look (even in sweltering summer heat) you can rely on smooth Supima cotton tank tops and t-shirts worn with Lands’ End’s new pull-on chino shorts. This simple style looks instantly lovely thanks to the just right length. Or pair your shirts with knit crop pants and sandals. You’re set! For a more timeless summer look, don’t forget about lovely linen. Linen

pants, women's t-shirts, dresses…so many ways to bring on the heat in style. Linen’s natural wrinkles are part of its charm. Lands’ End linen is sustainably sourced from farms who grow flax using only rainwater. Good for you, and easier on the earth.

What are the best dresses for summer?

When you think summer dresses, think fun. Think flowy. But most of all, think flattering. Lands’ End designs the season’s best fitting dresses. From a full maxi dress made of soft jersey, to a sporty polo dress that doubles as a swimsuit cover-up, you’ll be perfectly dressed. Look for light linen or cool cotton. Lands’ End summer dresses are made to flatter with ease. And when it’s too hot to think about pairing the perfect outfit, just throw on a dress and you’re done. Better than a summer breeze.   

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