How to Stay Chic in a Heatwave

Emma Does Fashion
by Emma Does Fashion

"Oh, it's too warm for me. I like it warm but I don't like it this warm..."

Typical Brits, we wait all year for hot weather then don't know what to do with ourselves when it strikes! Personally this year I've chosen not to complain about the heat, even when my clothes are sticking to my back, because as long as it's not raining, I'm happy!

But it is definitely better not to have your clothes sticking to your back, so here are some tips on how to stay chic in a heatwave.

Wearing white automatically makes you look so polished because most people are terrified to wear it! Lately I've enjoyed pairing my white dresses with a pop of colour, especially if it's currently on-trend like this bright 'Kermit' green. Bright colours like this are so summery too, but if you wear neutral clothing and make your accessories bright, you don't have to worry about whether the colour suits you or washes you out.

White is also known not to absorb heat, so you will automatically stay cooler when wearing it.

I live in smocked dresses in Summer. During a heatwave, the last thing I want to do is wear a bra but with 32Fs, it's hard to go bra-less! However, I've found that the smocking detail on dresses like this actually gives your bust a little bit of support. Obviously a bra gives more support, but I am happy with this minimal amount of lift if it means I don't have to have my bra sticking to me and chafing all day.

Pair long, flowy dresses like this one from Amazon with straw accessories for an extra summery look. You could even take a picnic basket and really make the most of the weather!

A huge floppy hat is my number one summer essential. There's nothing worse than having the sun on your head all day - it can make you feel so ill. Plus, why wouldn't you want a gigantic straw hat to look mysterious in? It's instant glam!

There are plenty of affordable hats on the high street. Bucket hats are of course a big trend this year but personally I prefer straw hats like this one, and I love slogan hats because they make a statement. Have a try-on and see what suits you best!

Look for natural materials like cotton and linen when shopping for your summer wardrobe. These can certainly be expensive but there are some high street shops that use natural materials and still sell their clothes at an affordable price.

H&M is a really good example as when they say affordable, they actually mean affordable! I find the best value for money is usually an item that has a mix of natural and synthetic materials. Always check the label when deciding whether or not to buy an item, it will tell you what materials the piece is made from.

Next time the sun comes out, I hope you'll stay a little cooler!

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