Britons are left to battle another heat wave this week – with temperatures reaching 95F (35C) today.
And in the ongoing hot climate, mastering the perfect summer-appropriate wardrobe is key to staying cool for the most part.
Thankfully, British celebrity stylist Miranda Holder explains which fabrics to bank on and which ones to avoid to avoid invisible sweat marks.
She also gives her top tips for styling linen, silk and cotton to keep your fashion sense warm-proof – and elsewhere. Avoiding blends like polyester and nylon and even denim is recommended.
For linen, she suggests a ‘dressed-up’ look and embraces the ruffled pattern, while for cotton ensembles she says the outfits should be as simple as possible.
Choose ‘what to wear’ when you wear linen
British Style’s Miranda Holder reveals which fabrics to bank on if you want to avoid unsightly sweat marks during a heatwave. Linen is a beautiful breathable option.
If you want to look laid back in the heat but still turn heads with a stylish feel, linen is the perfect fabric to choose.
“When it comes to mid-summer style, linen should be your number one choice,” says Miranda. The fabric has a particularly large, loose weave that allows air to circulate.
‘Also, the absorbent fiber will wick away any sweat if it gets hot and uncomfortable.’
The stylist also explains that linen only improves with age, making it a great investment purchase.
How to dress: ‘Embrace the disheveled chick. There’s no point in fighting the twists so embrace the “worn look” and make it part of the charm.
Swing around in loose and flowy silhouettes like floaty skirts, tunics and cropped wide leg pants. If you’re feeling a little shapeless, add structure with some neat accessories to spice it up.
“A well-placed belt, crossbody bag or soft leather slides can take your look from sackcloth to moments.’
Keep cotton clothing as uncomplicated as possible
For cotton, embrace comfortable clothes like Martin McCutcheon’s for total comfort. Miranda said organic is best
A cotton floral dress is an easy to wear summer swimsuit that suits most body types and stays breathable all day long. Pictured is Holly Willoughby
Cotton is a basic fabric, but it’s good for summer and the old faithful.
“It’s more flattering than a dress, fully breathable and versatile enough to wear as a casual tee or a more tailored shirt,” says Miranda.
“Go for organic cotton whenever possible. It comes in many shapes and fabric blends, but the best of all is cotton poplin, which has a satin feel, a softer finish and is naturally nice to the touch,” she adds.
How to dress: ‘Make the clothes as confusing as possible – your brain will be overloaded with processing all the extra heat.
To stay as cool as possible, stick to bright colors that reflect the light rather than absorb it, and keep jewelery minimal and clean to keep your sun-kissed skin taking center stage.’
Silk is perfect for a summer evening.
Silk can be a controversial choice when it comes to hot weather. Light as a feather, it breathes and drips – never – but silk and sweat never go, says Miranda. Pictured, Bella Hadid wearing a silk dress, right
Silk is breathable and light as a feather, but be careful because silk and sweat don’t go together, says Miranda.
“The fabric is as unforgiving as they come, showing every trace of moisture and prone to staining so be vigilant,” she added.
But it remains a good summer option because of its luxurious fabric.
How to dress‘ Keep silk to slightly cooler summer nights, or where you know you won’t have extremes of temperature, as the laundry problem can be sweaty.
A simple camisole, slip dress or skirt can add instant glamor to your outfit, requiring only the simplest of accessories – wet hair slicked back, golden glowing skin.
‘You can also team the look with a pair of shimmery red lipgloss and gold hoop earrings and you’re ready to sip cocktails as the sun sets on the Costa Del Birmingham.’