7 Summer Outfits to See You Through Next Week's Heatwave

As anyone living in the unpredictable English climate knows, dressing for spells of warm weather can be challenging. If you've ever asked the age old questions 'will I need to bring a jacket?' and 'is that.. rain?' you'll know that consistency isn't Britain's forte, but judging by the current forecast in the UK, the next week is looking optimistically sunny, and I am ready for it. 

As someone who has now had plenty of experience in strategic layering, I thought I would take some time to share my knowledge of how exactly to dress when the mercury rises (and it does involve some sensible sleeves, just in case).

From clever co-ords to reliable dresses, there's no one formula when it comes to dressing for warm weather. And at the end of the day, it's all about what makes you feel cool and comfortable, as both factors are a top priority when outfit planning.

Think breathable fabrics, fluid silhouettes, and plenty of print and colour as seen on the fashion set. In fact, between the linen separates, versatile accessorising and sun-smart tailoring, it seems several of our favourites have perfected warm-weather dressing. Keep scrolling for seven summer outfit ideas for what to wear in a heatwave. 

1. The Cotton Co-Ord + Sandals
What To Wear In A Heatwave: Cotton Co-Ord

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@cassandra.cadwell

Style Notes: For the hottest days when you want the easiest outfit, look no further than the cotton co-ord. An airy, light shirt and comfy shorts make a surprisingly chic option that is guaranteed to keep you cool. Just add slides or sandals for your new weekend uniform. 

Yaitte's cotton shirts are the kind of premium quality that don't go sheer or crease easily. Pair with the brand's matching shorts to double up on this eye catching print. 

A slouchy tote big enough to hold everything you'll need for work, shopping and anything in between. 

Luxury slides are still a firm favourite this summer.

2. The Waistcoat + Linen Pants
What To Wear In A Heatwave: Waistcoat + Linen

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@ruerodier

Style Notes: Okay, hear me out. The thought of tailing in summer might sound hot, but far fro a stuffy three piece suit, a simple wasitcoat with shorts or wide leg trousers adds polish to an otherwise casual look.

If black feels too heavy, swap out for neutrals like camel, cream or grey that will work just as well with jeans and loafers when the weather gets cooler. 

Balance the structured tailoring of a waistcoat with soft linens. 

Add retro cool with this pair of sunnies, my favourite from the Missoma X Le Specs collaboration. 

3. The Silk Shirt + Shorts
What To Wear In A Heatwave: Silk Shirt + Shorts

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@mimi.orere

Style Notes: Nothing says summer like dopamine dressing, cue the bold and beautiful printed silk shirt. The short sleeved, bowling style is taking over my feed right now, and the loose silky feel is a welcome change from a clingy jersey tee.

Less Hawaiian shirt and more Pucci inspired graphics and florals, these ultra comfortable shirts are the stylish evolution of your favourite pyjamas. 

A classic pair of khaki shorts are a summer staple, and investing in a pair like these from Vanessa Bruno will keep you covered for years to come.

4. The Nap Dress + A Block Heel
What To Wear In A Heatwave: Nap dress + Block heel

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@therealina

Style Notes: The dreamy 'nap dress', so known for its proximity to a vintage nightgown is one of my current obsessions. There is almost no styling required with this bed-to-brunch option, saving you valuable time getting ready in the morning. 

If the reviews are anything to go by, the fit and built in slip make this dress a winner.

Big heel energy in a far more comfortable low, block style. 

The perfect finishing touch to any outfit.

A buttery leather top handle makes the perfect shoulder bag. 

5. The White Tank + White Shirt
What To Wear In A Heatwave: White Tank + White Shirt

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@tylynnnguyen

Style Notes: An exercise in understated layering, simply add a white shirt over a tank top to channel the cool-girl brand of less is more.

Made from organic cotton and treated with peppermint oil to help you stay cool and fresh. 

A midi skirt goes with everything, and I'm swapping out the dark jewel toned satin skirts i wore through autumn for this summery, pastel iteration. 

Brb, adding this St Agni bag to my wishlist ASAP.

Take it from me, and Audrey Hepburn, oversized cats eye sunglasses never go out of style.

6. The Floral Midi Dress + Statement Heel
What To Wear In A Heatwave: The Floral Midi Dress + Statement Heel

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@venswifestyle
 

Style Notes: The perfect summer wedding guest outfit, add a skyscraper heel to your floral dress and take your daytime look up another level.

From Anna Sui to Gucci, vintage floral prints are mainstay for this spring summer.

Add the finishing touch to a retro inspired look with a fine gold chain. 

7. The Silk Scarf + Split Front Leggings
What To Wear In A Heatwave: The Silk Scarf + Split Front Leggings

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@carodaur

WWW's Emily Dawes is already sold on this trouser trend, but the latest way to wear them? With the scarf top of former Y2K glory. This look might not be for the fainthearted, but fear not - the scarf can be stylishly repurposed as a headscarf as seen on Emili Sindlev.

Fendi's tribute to the disco era just so happens to make for one of the most joyous prints to be seen in this season.

Just when you thought you'd seen all of the best basket bags on the market, check out Stelar's adorable range handcrafted made from locally-grown Balinese grass.

What To Wear In A Heatwave: The Silk Scarf + Split Front Leggings

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@emilisindlev
 
 

Next up, the biggest Summer 2022 fashion trends to know. 

This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

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