How to Be Utterly Cool During a Heat Wave

Quiz time: What do we love talking about as much as fashion? The weather, of course! As a nation, we’ve managed to turn pining for the elusive great British Summer into a hobby, and when it finally hits, well, it all gets a bit much doesn’t it? It’s just that bit too hot, that bit too stuffy. We quickly realise we’re not programmed to properly function during a heat wave—never mind commute into work and look unflappable in the process. So how do others do it with such grace?

We’ve found that effortlessness is a good place to start—and we mean that in the truly authentic sense. Simple silhouettes and quality fabrics will reward you with comfort—a must when the temperature makes you feel like you could melt on the spot. And while it may sound obvious, if you can’t escape to the coast, then always consider your immediate surroundings when dressing for scorching weather; flip-flops and off-the-shoulder dresses have no place in most offices, so it pays to invest in a few versatile staples that won’t leave you looking underdressed in all senses of the term.

We’ve dissected the outfits of some of the most stylish women on the scene to inspire your heat wave wardrobe, and the good news is that there are plenty of approaches to be gleaned. Summer doesn’t have to equal citrus brights and pedicures.

Scroll through the gallery below for some of the most covetable looks and how to shop them.