Summer temperatures are no match for these cooling items

By Madeline Diamond
Updated June 01, 2021
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Now that summer is approaching, we're constantly looking for ways to keep cool despite the rising temperatures outside. Whether you're curious about comfortable loungewear that will keep you cool while you're staying at home or you're on the hunt for activewear to help regulate your body temperature while you're on the trail, we've got you covered. Below, we've rounded up some of the best cooling clothing and accessories for summer, from stylish dresses to quick-drying athletic socks.

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What exactly puts a clothing item in the "cooling" category, you might ask? In this case, we're specifically looking at clothing that's designed to be breathable, moisture-wicking, and quick-drying, so it will have no problem keeping up with you as you sweat. Plus, some items even have high-tech fibers that make the fabric cool to the touch for added comfort.

Keep reading for our favorite cooling clothing for the summertime.

Columbia Freezer III Dress

Columbia Women's Freezer III Dress
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Shoppers rave about how comfortable this dress is to wear during the summer, thanks to moisture-wicking and advanced cooling technology. The stretchy, silk-smooth material feels cool to the touch, making it the perfect choice for particularly warm days.

To buy: amazon.com, columbia.com, from $25

Uniqlo Airism Sleeveless Top

Navy tank top
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This tank from Uniqlo's Airism collection is designed to stay dry, cool to the touch and anti-odor, even in hot weather. The smooth and stretchy fabric feels soft on the skin, and will remain that way throughout the day, making this piece excellent for layering while traveling.

To buy: uniqlo.com, $15

Aday Wind Down Dress

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This stylish wrap dress is perfect for any summer occasion, even if you'll be the sun all day. The dress is part of Aday's Cool Days Capsule, which includes pieces designed to keep you cool with an ultra-soft blend of linen and viscose.

To buy: thisisaday.com, $225

Knix Thigh Saver 6" Shorts

Black biker shorts
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If you live in sundresses during the summer, these shorts are a must-have, especially when temperatures are at a seasonal high. They're made from a soft, breathable blend of nylon and lycra and they're designed to eliminate chafing and sweat. The shorts are available in black and beige, so you'll be sure to find an option that goes with all your favorite dresses this season.

To buy: knix.com, $36

L.L.Bean Coolmax Nano Glide Multisport Socks

Grey and blue ankle socks
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Don't forget about your feet when it comes to staying comfortable in the heat this summer. L.L.Bean's CoolMax yarn regulates temperature, while mesh ensures breathability. These socks are especially helpful for hiking and other outdoor activities, since they feature cushioning in the heel and toes, as well as NanoGlide technology that helps minimize blisters.

To buy: llbean.com, $20 for pack of two

Lunya Cool Every Body Long Sleeve Tee

Woman wearing black long sleeve tee
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Luxe sleepwear brand Lunya has warm-weather lounge separates down to a science. Even on hot summer evenings, this long sleeve tee will do its part in helping you get a good night's sleep. The shirt's flowy, oversized fit and breathable, cotton material make for a comfortable feel on the body, while silver fibers keep you cool and dry.

To buy: lunya.co, $98

Columbia Zero Rules Short Sleeve Shirt

Women's light blue t-shirt
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This t-shirt is far more high-tech than it looks - it features Columbia's Omni-Freeze ZERO technology, which cools you down as you sweat. This shirt also features UPF 30 sun protection, making it a solid option to wear on a day spent outdoors.

To buy: amazon.com, columbia.com, from $30

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