With temperatures reaching sweat-inducing levels this week, we’re all left wondering how we can beat the heat and still look stylish. Is it ever OK to wear shorts in the office? Are patterned shirts hot or not? And what, exactly, can we wear that will help us feel a little bit cooler?
We answer all these questions, and more, with our top three top tips to beating the heatwave in style:
When the weather is hot it’s tempting to wear as little as possible, but not every occasion is suitable for shorts and tees. If you have to wear tailored shirts and suits then leave the dark colours in your wardrobe and opt for white and lighter shades instead. White reflects the heat, whilst black absorbs it, meaning that nothing will make you feel cooler in the summer than a loose fitting crisp white shirt.
Pair with a tailored suit in light linen. It doesn’t matter how good you look in your favourite charcoal wool suit, now is not the time to wear it! Instead, a lightweight suit in shades of cream, tan or blue will look best and will help keep you feeling cool all day long. For extra style points, choose a slightly cropped pant length, and take off your socks. Pair your suit will brogues or boat shoes, and let your ankles enjoy the breeze!
When the working day is over, ditch the pants and replace with shorts, for a laidback Italian style that oozes luxurious, European cool.
Protect Your Eyes
A heatwave will bring with it higher UV levels, which is why it is so important to wear sunglasses whenever you head out into the sun. These will protect your eyes from harmful UV damage, minimising your risk of developing fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes. The right sunglasses will also instantly make you look more stylish, so it really is a win-win!
When choosing new shades to help you combat the heatwave, it’s important to think about both your face shape and your sense of style. Do you want something classic and low key, or are you looking to make an on-trend style statement?
Luxury aviators, such as this pair by Habib Horn, are the perfect choice if you’re looking for something classic and timeless that you can wear year after year. Since Tom Cruise first donned aviator sunglasses in Top Gun, back in 1986, aviators have never gone out of vogue. If you’re looking for sunglasses that look like they’ve just waltzed straight off the runway and onto your face then look for rounder frames (think John Lennon) with a retro, vintage feel. We love these versatile Keon Cousins frames with their flip-up lenses.
On the subject of UV protection, please don’t forget to wear sunscreen every time you leave the house! This will protect your skin from harmful UV rays and increased risk of developing skin cancer, but it won’t stop you from getting a healthy glow. Being sun safe is one of the best things you can do to stay stylish in the summer.
Invest in a Vest
One of the easiest ways to stay cool in the summer is to lose the layers. Vests have long had a bad reputation, but this year the fashion industry has given this difficult to wear piece a revival. If you have pecs to be proud of then you could consider pairing a simple white vest with your favourite jeans or denim cut-offs for a laid-back, casual look.
For more formal occasions (such as summer Barbeques) throw an open short-sleeved shirt, in floral or stripes, over your vest to catch the breeze whilst still keeping your cool. And if you’re heading on a big night out and don’t want to spend the evening dripping in a shirt? Throw a high-end vest under your favourite blazer, and you’ll soon be keeping cool, and turning heads for all the right reasons.