Beat the heat, fashionably

Ladies, another season means another reason to shop, but beware, just because it's warm out doesn't mean it's time to start showing off all of your assets.

Christine Schwab, author of the book "The Grown-up Girl's Guide to Style" ($34.95, Regan Books), is ready with tips for ladies trying to beat the heat with a "less is more" approach.

Schwab recommends ditching pants for skirts and giving legs a chance to breathe. If you want to do this by wearing short shorts or mini skirts, however, she recommends layering them with cropped leggings. Another alternative is to opt for cropped pants instead.

As far as being trendy with wide belts and shiny accessories, Schwab says be careful. Wide belts are a good way to add a waist, but cover up with a jacket so only the front shows. Also, keep the shine to a minimum, pairing simpler items with shiny tunics, vests or scarves.

If you're looking to lounge this summer, try pairing a hooded sweatshirt with jeans, and sweat pants or track pants with a closer-fitting top. Also, stay away from too many ruffles, keeping them by the face and the hands. Trapeze tops, which flare out from the bust, are also to be avoided, Schwab says, to get the most flattering look for summer.

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