24 Cool Buys That Laugh In the Face of This Heat Wave

Sun worshippers, rejoice, because the heat wave has finally hit, and guess what? We're not even slightly prepared for it. Excellent! Dressing for extreme temperatures in the capital is a tricky one to navigate, and while the weather might say Costa del Sol, there's something not quite right about strolling around Regents Park in your fave beach cutoffs and a bikini top.

What we really need is versatile, smart and cool (in every sense of the word) separates that can be thrown on at a moment's notice and help us to look composed—even on the steamy Central Line. Essentially, we just want to feel like ourselves style-wise, just without the sweat patches.

I imagine the idea of traipsing around Oxford Circus is 30°C heat is as unappealing to you as it is to us, so that's why we've put together a super-speedy edit of pieces that you can grab last-minute before the mercury rises this weekend. They might all be affordable high-street buys, but this doesn't mean that they're throwaway—these are hardworking staples we guarantee will serve you now and still look chic in 12 months' time.

From airy linen dresses to floaty skirts, scroll down to see and shop my heat-wave picks.

Dresses

We've seen so many people in this Mr Larkin dress. We love how Brittany has styled hers with Velcro sandals. 

Co-Ords

Co-ords have got to be the easiest way to look polished in the summer. Keep cool with shorts and a tee or a skirt with a crop pairing. 

Jumpsuits

Comfortable, low-maintenance and chic, a jumpsuit is the low-effort outfit of choice for fashion editors. We have our eyes on Weekday's brown iteration.

Tops

The key to picking a top that will keep you cool is to either go for a loose fit (nothing tight around the armpits) or sleeveless. Luckily, tank tops are everywhere this season and look great with high-waisted trousers. 

Skirts

It might surprise you to know that a floaty midi skirt will keep you far cooler in the heat than a mini, as it's less clingy and offers more shade. Pleated, denim and animal print are the looks du jour, and all look fab with a plain white tee.