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We’ve all been through that sizzling point in the metro where our appearance gets badly affected by the intense heat (not to mention much sweat!). Imagine going through this while on your way to a party, a meeting, a date, or a social gathering. That sounds like an impending disaster!

The summer heat can either make or break your look, but we say you better use it to highlight how fab you can be under the scorching sun. Thus, we’re here to show you boys and girls what’s in and should be in your closet this sun-filled month of 2016.

Khaki shorts with a palm print persuasion. (SM Men)
Khaki shorts with a palm print persuasion. (SM Men)

Fashionable summer ensembles are usually characterized by light colors (white ones are perfect, FYI) and playful prints. In case you need some outfitspirations, stylespirations, or whatever you want to call those pieces that can make you stand out of the crowd, here are sample pieces that looks cool when mixed and matched:

(SM Youth)
(SM Youth)
(SM Youth)
(SM Youth)

While we were accustomed to dressing in black during the colder weather, summertime leads us to the other side of the color spectrum. All-whites are acceptable at this time of the year! Just add on a hat or classy sunglasses and you’re good to go.

(GUESS Spring/Summer Campaign)
All-white dresses and white shorts are in! (GUESS Spring/Summer Campaign)

If you’re more into layered clothing, go for shorter or even longer ones as long as they’re airy (and decent).

Check out these sample hauls:

A lovely maxi dress with floral prints. (GUESS)
A lovely maxi dress with floral prints. (GUESS)
Mid-rise pull-on pants for a comfy feel with an artsy touch. Best paired with cropped tops! (GUESS)
Mid-rise pull-on pants for a comfy feel with artsy patterns. Best paired with cropped tops! (GUESS)
If you're the shorts type of person, try on those with lighter colors for the summer. (GUESS)
If you’re the shorts type of person, try on those with lighter colors for the summer. (GUESS)
Not sure whether to go for a skirt or a short? Why not wear both through a fancy flared skort! (GUESS)
Not sure whether to go for a skirt or a short? Why not wear both through a fancy flared skort! (GUESS)
For guys: A simple crewneck tee with summer-themed prints will do the styling trick. (GUESS)
For guys: A simple crewneck tee with summer-themed prints will do the styling trick. (GUESS)

Girls can wear flora and fauna-filled outfits… so guys can, too! Don’t be afraid to take your wearables to a whole new level and try on artsy tropical prints. It’s a thing now, actually. Think of a summer adventure in ’60s California or frolicking in a Malibu mansion. So chic, right?

Abundant forest prints were given a strong nostalgic dose through a somber color palette. (SM Men)
Abundant forest prints were given a strong nostalgic dose through a somber color palette. (SM Men)
A perfect mix-and-match of abundant forest prints. (SM Men)
A perfect mix-and-match of abundant forest prints. (SM Men)
Birds of paradise on a gray t-shirt, usually paired with jogger pants and sneakers for a baller look. (SM Men)
Birds of paradise on a gray t-shirt, usually paired with jogger pants and sneakers for a baller look. (SM Men)

Don’t be afraid to pair patterned tops to patterned bottoms. It’s just a matter of color coordination and the confidence that you look good no matter what you wear. If you still feel iffy, light colors and whites are there to rescue you from the time-consuming dilemma of choosing an outfit.

No matter what you put on, always bear in mind: Confidence is key!

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