Be prepared – plan to dress for the heatwave and master the art of staying cool in the city. London summers may be short, but thankfully, utterly glorious. Prepare for those hot days, one never knows when they may strike…
Now is the time to get the silk chiffon, the crisp cotton and the cool linen out. Think washable, natural fabrics, light colours and loose shapes. I love summer and my wardrobe used to contain disproportionately large number of summer clothes. My shopping revolved around clothes for a perpetual trip to sunny Santorini. Full of beachwear, rather than summers in the city. Summers in the city do in fact, require a different kind of wardrobe.
Summers in the city
1. Loose fit silk or linen trousers. These never go out of fashion, just keep to good tailoring and away from fussy details.
2. Linen or pure cotton shirts (the sleeves rolled up looking non chalant)
3. Silk tops are divine for work. (I just had to train myself to wash them properly and master the near lost art of ironing)
4. Silk or cotton shift dresses. The spaghetti strap style is a classic but the way to wear them now is with chunky boots or trainers.
5. Boyfriend jeans (destroyed can be good as they let the air circulate) or linen chinos with Breton tops. Summer classics!
6. Buffed & oiled skin. Up the grooming routine. Keep long hair squeaky clean, soft and shiny, bundled up in a loose chignon.
7. French knickers- silk are best.
8. Silk or modal mix scarves. No elaborate knots are necessary, just keep them handy to protect from the sun or as a cover up.
9. Voluminous skirts, these last for many seasons and practically never go out of fashion, just choose a flattering length. Vintage or second hand options are plentiful.
Avoid at all costs –
1. Skinny jeans. It pains me to see people wearing those on a hot day. It’s like the Victorian corset, returning to haunt us.
2. Anything Polyester & Acrylic will not allow the skin to breathe, therefore will get hot & sticky in no time at all. Check the fabric labels on your clothes people, sometimes these fabrics are hard to distinguish from silk.
3. Leather pants (remember Ross from friends?) or their cousin “faux” leather pants. These can actually give you a nasty heat rash and people have been know to faint in them. Comfort is the mother of finesse people.
4. Talking of comfort and finesse, do not wear hot pants in the city or to work, no matter how hot. It’s uncomfortable for all. (Exception to these are tailored shorts worn with opaque tights, real fashion post coming up)
5. Tourists sometimes take the concept of ‘comfort’ to extremes. Dear London visitors, if you want service when you go to a pub or a restaurant, wear a freshly washed top and clean shoes. No one wants to see gnarly toes and leave the cut-off shorts for other pastimes, (gardening or hiking perhaps.) Remember to dress for the occasion. It makes life so much easier.
6. Personally, I never wear flip flops in the city, because I like to keep my manicured toes intact. The streets of London get very crowded you never know who might tread on yours.
Dream summer bags Bags being one of my on-going obsessions, I like to use straw baskets or something metallic and mildly distressed. That means my beloved Kelly bags get a summer break.
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