For us ladies who live London, or any other city for that matter, there's a dilemma that rolls around every year: Just what do you wear in the summer? Sometimes it's hot (like, blisteringly so), then other times there's torrential rain. And it can even get cold—after all, we are talking UK summer here, people. In general, though, we're so used to the colder months that when it does finally get scorching, we can be at a loss as to what to wear. To give you some city-dressing inspiration, we have selected a host of 11 of our favourite bloggers who reside in the Big Smoke, or at least spend a lot of time in London, so they fully know the issues a fashion girl faces when dressing for the city.
Keep scrolling to see how 11 bloggers dress for summer in London and the must-have items you need for this season.
One of the first rules of staying cool in the heat is wearing fabrics that don't cling or make you warmer than you need to be. Linen, as worn by blogger Lorna of Symphony of Silk, is a perfect way to stay chic in the city.
Not only is this linen, but it also ticks of the culottes trend, which isn't going away anytime soon.
If there's one thing London girls love, it's wearing edgy chunky sandals with a monochrome dress. We're taking this tip from Naomi of The London Foxx.
Nab this dress in the sale right now.
Blogger Isabella Thorsden knows that you don't have to flash flesh to stay feeling fresh in the city; it's all about wearing cooling colours such as white.
Ideal for covering up in the heat. Just remember to keep it loose.
If you have to wear jeans, then make like Hannah Louise and wear them cropped with a little flare.
Simply pair with an off-the-shoulder top.
A simple striped dress with a denim jacket tied round the waist, plus a trusty pair of white Converse, is a classic London summer look. Thanks to Carrie Santana da Silva from Wish Wish Wish for the reminder.
Wear these with a sparkly or girly sock poking out over the top.
Even when it's hot, the summer rain (and a spot of lightning) is an inevitability, unfortunately. While we can all look pretty in our summer dresses, a downpour is always around the corner. Make like Susie Lau and ensure you always have a stylish umbrella on hand.
Grab a see-through umbrella from Longchamp for a summery version.
You always need a pair of denim cut-offs. Yes, even in London. Make sure you pair it with a top that adds edge such as this gingham shirt, worn by Pandora Sykes.
A flirty little tie at the top gives this blouse a sweet look.
Still feel a little chilly even when it's summer? Don't worry—you're not alone. Ensure you layer, just like Desert Mannequin, with a simple cotton T-shirt under a jacket. Then remove for when the sun comes back out again.
Layer this under a blazer.
Alex Stedman of The Frugality knows that this summer it's all about the pleat. As always, the blogger knows how to look chic by teaming a plain white shirt with a silver skirt and a pair of white trainers.
Either with a pair of white trainers or some strappy heels, this skirt will be a go-to all summer.
Like the monochrome version of the red dress emoji lady (and we mean that as that highest of compliments), Camille Charrière of Camille Over the Rainbow proves that black is chic in summer, especially if you look like a Flamenco dancer.
So frilly, so gorgeous.
You can never go wrong with the humble tank T-shirt. Buy one in grey, white or black and you'll pair it with skirts, jumpsuits and trousers for the whole summer, just like Reem Kanj of blog Five Five Fabulous.