At the 2014 'Glamour' Women of the Year Awards, Alexa Chung, Taylor Schilling, and More Reveal How to Be Award Winningly Hot This Summer

Summertime is only a matter of weeks away, and while you may be spending every spare moment figuring out how to dress like Selena Gomez, ditching your hair dryer, making your own sunscreen, and discovering any possible trick to help you escape from the sure-to-be-sweltering heat, it’s also the perfect time to uncover the best ways to bring the heat. In terms of your summer wardrobe, that is.

And I’m not talking about adding adorable white shoes or gorgeous and super-useful sun hats to your seasonal repertoire (though those are both must haves). I’m talking about looks and pieces that will take your seasonal style to the next sexy-chic level.

And I know just the handful of ladies who can show you how to do exactly that, thanks to their appearance at the annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards in London. From Alexa Chung in the perfect LBD and Emily Van Camp in printed perfection to Taylor Schilling’s skin-baring dress and Sarah Hyland’s shimmering frock, these Hollywood hotties know just what it takes to look seductive, polished, and on point all summer long. Check out their five simple steps for nailing award winningly sexy looks.

1. Go classic with a tantalizing twist

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Sure, a full-skirted, knee-length LBD may scream "classic" and “fashionable” more than it screams “sexy,” but that’s exactly where a sheer, keyhole cutout comes in, like the one on Chung’s Christian Dior dress. Adding a little sun-kissed skin (these self tanners are great for commitment-phobes) and a great pair of strappy sandals can work wonders for your sex appeal, too.

2. Take the plunge (and add a little sparkle)

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One peek at Schilling’s insanely hot and down-to-there Peter Pilotto number reveals why a super-deep V-neck and a smattering of sequins is all you need to turn heads this summer.

3. Bring out your luxe side with a sparkly dress

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For those days when a low-cut, sequin-adorned number just seems a bit much, take the look a more casual route with a breezy, foil-fabric swing dress, like Hyland’s Gucci frock. Bonus points for a little bit of bed head and a dark-rimmed stare.

4. Dare to work wild patterns and dramatic shapes

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Because a simple structured sleeve or in-your-face print just isn’t enough to look smoking hot on its own these days, make like Van Camp in her Monique Lhuillier dress and pair a graphic pattern with a dramatic shape for a look that’s bold, brilliant, and mind-blowingly sexy.

5. When all else fails, just throw some feathers on it

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What says “hot” better than a full-feather, bright red skirt paired with a sheer-overlay crop top, like the Alexander McQueen ensemble supermodel Naomi Campbell sported to the Glamour event? Nothing, that’s what.