How to Stay Chic in the Heat

When it comes to spending time the sun, we’re all guilty of not taking care of ourselves properly, under preparing and becoming a hot mess. We’re making this a thing of the past with our guide on how to stay chic in the heat. Soaring temperatures shouldn’t mean sweat patches and really short shorts. Read on for all things, fabrics, fashion, cooling and soothing.

First things first, it’s vital that you’re in the know when it comes to materials. Choose cotton, linen, viscose and seersucker for the most breathable fabrics. Whether you’re an occasional deodorant spritzer or carry your roll on with you at all times, take the time to consider the fabrics you’re buying to ensure you’re staying chic in the heat.


Danny Dos Santos wearing summer clothes


#1 Loosen up

Choose looser fitting clothes where appropriate, and try to avoid wearing dark colours as these tend to absorb more heat – leaving you feeling rather sticky.

#2 Ditch the jacket

Ditch the suit jacket – you’ll only end up carrying it around with you. If a jacket is a must for work, try to stay clear of any lined tailoring and opt for lighter fabrics like linen.

#3 Neckline no no’s

Put your button up shirts away for when the colder climates return. Opt for more casual button up shirts like a Cuban collar or a V neckline shirt like this YMC short sleeve lightweight shirt.

#4 Straight leg shorts

Featured heavily on the spring summer runways, longline straight leg shorts give you a loose fit to keep you cool when things heats up.


Lucy Williams wearing bucket hat


#1 Let your feet breathe

Choose breathable shoes, noone likes sweaty feet. On REALLY warm days, swap shoes that cover your whole foot like trainers and boots to sandals and sliders to give a little air to your feet.

#2 Frame up

Squinting really isn’t chic, so don’t get caught without your sunglasses when you’re out and about. Channel Audrey Hepburn vibes with these cat eye Saint Laurent sunglasses, providing you with 100% UVA protection and unquestionable style.

#3 The throw on dress

Plus 25 degree temperatures are not tight dress friendly, so ensure you’re allowing some air circulation and embrace  the loose fitting look of a floaty dress.

#4 Bucket list

Another big trend seen on the spring summer runways was the return of the 90’s favourite, the bucket hat. Bringing us not only vintage style but an essential for protecting your head in the heat!

Beauty and Grooming

#1 No makeup makeup

Ladies, wearing lots of makeup in the heat can be disastrous.  Nobody likes to feel their makeup sliding off their face. So, if you can wear a little less and avoid a heavy coverage you’ll look and feel a lot better. Opt for a CC cream or tinted moisturiser that contains SPF like the BY TERRY cover expert foundation and BY TERRY moisturising CC cream.

#2 Soothe with a spritz

Top tip number two, get yourself a face mist. Soothe your flushed cheeks and calm your complexion with this Omoroviza Queen of Hungry face mist. It harnesses the power of Hungarian thermal water to provide long lasting hydration and restore suppleness to the skin for a naturally radiant finish and will leave you smelling beautiful.

#3 Cool down

If you’ve over dosed on vitamin D don’t panic, we’ve got just the thing to cool you down, help with over exposure to the sun and soothe post peeling skin. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask is perfect for your dry and irritated skin and your new sun saviour.

#4 Stay fresh

Helping you to stay fresh throughout the heatwave, the Aesop Herbal Deodorant is your go-to for warmer weather. Designed for both men and women the botanical based formula neutralises body odour, with a blend of  rosemary, sage and eucalyptus essential oils to nourish and keep you protected all day long.


Words by Emma Bowkett

Emma Bowkett

Emma Bowkett

Writer and expert