How to Dress for a Heatwave

IT’S MID-JULY AND SUMMER IS UPON US, setting even the busiest of cities — London, New York — in a languorous haze where days seem to move at a slower pace. Dinners are spent alfresco, preferably somewhere by the water, and weekend getaways to laze in the sun become routine. But deciding what to wear when it’s a blazing 28º outside and the preferable choice is nothing, can be difficult, for combining style with comfort is paramount…


It’s the dress to wear when there’s nothing to wear, and one that is preferably white, with transparencies or intricate details in its shape or embroidery. The dress that makes you feel girly but powerful, and protected from the heat. Look at brands like Zimmerman or Isabel Marant whose feathery and delicate fabrics mean staying cool will be the least of your worries.

Style Inspiration: How to Dress for a Heatwave


Shorts and trousers may be everywhere, but a feminine skirt will perennially be a favourite of street style stars and fashion editors alike. The reason? Its versatility. Take an embroidered maxi skirt, and dress it down with a white cotton t-shirt and some sandals. Conversely, wear a denim mini-skirt with a statement top and you’re ready for after-work drinks.


Clothing made from natural materials—think cotton, linen, or crochet—means it will breathe and cool you off faster. Besides, a lined crochet dress makes for a chic addition to any wardrobe, as does the military cotton jack that everyone should own.


Levi’s shorts have a reputation of vacation wear-only that’s tough to shake. However, when the heat rises, they seem like the only option available, for they can be made elegant if worn with an intricate shirt, or a punchy top. Don’t forget the Chanel mules, and you’re ready to go.


Jumpsuits are easy pieces, much like the forever dress but a little more office-appropriate. Take Lena Lademann’s white pinstripe piece, which paired with a t-shirt and a small handbag will look good enough for the boardroom. A loose navy blue belted jumpsuit will work better for the day, when accessorised lightly.


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