With school starting in mid-August, students will be accompanied by record-setting temperatures and unrelenting East Tennessee humidity.

So, heavy layering will not be an option.

Lightweight fabrics will be a must – and not just for the student population. Any woman, young or not, who ventures outside of air conditioning will need to think cool when it comes to updating her wardrobe.

At Maurices (with a location at College Square Mall), the crops are in, including styles of chino pants, mesh capris, a pull-on bengaline pant, the fray hem boyfriend jean, and a black stretchy knit pant version.

Popular styles for tops, across the board, include square neck prints in shades of green, long sleeves in solid satin and a version with a gathered knot look in the front and elastic waistline in the back; also ribbed, with short bell sleeves and criss cross back shoulders, and the button-down peasant blouse is still “in.”

Lots of floral, including something called ‘chevron paisley,’ along with Chiffon; Mesh insets are all over the place: in crop pants and just above the hems of the sleeves of pullovers.; Ruffles and smocked tops are ‘in;’ so are stripes and dizzying chevron designs.

According to Kelley Marie Chic Boutique owner Kelley Simpson, cheeta and gunmetal sneakers are ‘in;’ in fact cheetah is the biggest fall trend.

“It’s always incorporated as an accent and always timeless, but this fall is super trendy, along with python print continuing in the rage,” she said.

“The market is using it in a variety of ways to continue the trend, by creating texture and floral, along with the python print, which will be seen on the runway in our fall benefit fashion show at Rose Center.”

The annual show will feature as models a large group of local women who represent professional, service and nonprofit entities throughout the Lakeway Area.

The show will be held Thursday, Aug. 29 in Prater Hall at Rose Center, Morristown. Tickets will be available at the store and Rose Center.