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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.

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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.

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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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