Maria Loizou

Guest Editor



How to Dress During a Heatwave

Living in the UK naturally provides one non-negotiable when it comes to the weather – unpredictability. With scope for experiencing four seasons in the space of one week, crafting a wardrobe that will see you through each one with elevated style can provide a level of complexity.

One type of weather that requires a different formula to normal is the heatwave, which often can arrive unexpectedly, with just a few days’ notice. With temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius and above having many craving comfort and practicality over style, the rising heat doesn’t mean that either priority should be sacrificed – instead, embraced. Channel a city-inspired aesthetic and create a enviable wardrobe for high season dressing with three interchangeable outfitting ideas.

Low Maintenance, High Impact

Heatwave Dressing Dress

The elevated simplicity of a maxi dress is an instant outfitting solution. The maxi dress – although a year-round essential - has a particular power during the warmer months, providing comfort and ease. In a looser fit it allows breathability, whilst showcasing an ethereal element with a floor-skimming skirt. Summer is often a time where many seek a more confident wardrobe, and a bold printed piece or a colourful design can create a statement – save the more muted designs for duller days.

When it comes to accessorising decisions, a maxi dress can be styled with haute accessories, or more pared back pieces. If embracing decadence, let the finishing touches of the outfit have as much of a hold as the main event, with chunky gold or oversized pieces of jewellery. When it comes to footwear, the sky’s the limit for striding through the urban jungle with a platform heel or prefer a flat alternative as a more relaxed approach.


A Co-ord is Always Considered

Linen shirt and trousers

For endless mix and match outfit potential, consider a coordinated shirt and trouser combination. Nothing says high summer (or high temperature) dressing like a luxurious linen combination, the epitome of effortless dressing through sun-drenched days. Whilst long-sleeve shirts and trousers may seem somewhat of an aversion to traditional, cooler summer ensembles, lightweight linen is the perfect material for dressing through the heat. A neutral linen outfit has timeless wardrobe versatility, a quality, authentic piece that will last season upon season. The beauty of separates also creates multiple styling and trans seasonal outfit opportunities.

If craving a bold addition to a neutral linen outfit, introduce colour through footwear and jewellery to add a playful element and showcase your personality. Be it one colour pop piece or an array of matching accessories, ensure every piece matters in pursuit of refined summer style.


The Versatility of a Midi Skirt

Midi skirt and crop top

The beauty of the midi skirt is its versatility, an appropriate option for office, weekend and evening dressing. A satin slip skirt in particular is an airy option, sitting high on the waist for the ultimate flattering fit. Channel modesty and sensuality by pairing with a crop top, also enhancing a slender waist with ease. If less confident, still choose a more fitted top to compliment the looser fit of the skirt. Plus, with the arrival of the inevitable colder temperature during the evening, it’s possible to layer with a lightweight oversized knit.

For a polished outfit, keep accessories minimal and coordinated, a simple pair of hoop earrings and a chain necklace adds contemporary flourish without distracting from the full look. An understated pair of sandals or mules ties up the outfit with ease, whilst keeping up the style momentum.


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