How to cope with the annual London heatwave.
Here in London, We only get a few days a year of really hot weather. And we don’t know how to cope- -we do go crazy…absolutely crazy! We make ridiculous fashion choices, drink excessively and sit in the sun till we go beetroot red.
At least that’s what we used to do. Seasoned Londoners know better. I still drink a few glasses of wine or enjoy a couple of beers or a peach Bellini. Just not all on the same day!
What to drink: Natural flavoured filtered water
I try really hard to limit my alcohol intake. We keep a jug of Filtered or mineral water in the fridge and flavour with mint leaves and thinly sliced cucumber. A couple of drops of rose water can also add some delicate scent and of course if One can get home made iced lemonade, it’s a real bonus.
What to do at home
A good nights sleep is a must, I change the bed linen at least weekly and the pillow cases twice a week. 100% linen or pure, crisp cotton is best for sheets and mulberry silk is a real indulgent choice for pillow cases.
What to wear:
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, linen mix or cotton shift dresses. 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. (Post here)
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.
What NOT to wear:
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, providing full coverage for ones gluteus maximus
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.
Would love to hear from blog friends who live in really hot climates, how they cope with the heat and what are their wardrobe secrets for looking soigné … please share.
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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