UK Heatwave: How To Dress To Stay Cool In The Hot Weather

Here's how to stay stylish in the heatwave.

In this heat you've got enough on your plate – such as trying to get a good night’s sleep and not melting on the commute – to have to worry over what to wear to work to keep cool.

In an ideal world, you’d position yourself next to a pool and spend the whole day in your swimsuit. But life isn't fair, is it? So off to work we go.

Of course, the hot weather doesn’t mean you can’t still look smart, stylish and work-appropriate. To keep you as cool as possible, we’ve rounded up the most heatwave-friendly outfits to wear to work for men and women.

This midi shirt dress is made from breathable cotton that will keep you cool on the commute. It’s cut in a loose fit, with oversized pockets and an adjustable tie belt, which you can loosen when you get a little (ahem) sweaty. Put on a hairband to add a pop of colour to your look.

This burgundy midi ticks all the boxes: it’s made in a linen-blend (a godsend for hot weather), is short-sleeved and it’s casual enough to wear on weekends. A colourful bag will make the perfect companion.

If you like a bold print, opt for this batwing-sleeved dress with an asymmetric hem. It’s oversized to give air room to flow through but won’t swamp your figure either. A V-neckline is also flattering for bigger busts.

This monochrome shirt is our favourite piece from Holly Willoughby’s newest collection for Marks & Spencer. Roll up the sleeves and team with a pair of linen trousers and pointed toe mules to tie your look together.

If your employer allows shorts, pick up this pinstripe pair made from stretch cotton that will look smart when paired with a button up shirt.

This short-sleeved, slim-fit shirt with a point collar is a smart, subtle and easy to style piece. Khaki also makes a brighter alternative to black, so if you’re trying to steer clear of a monochrome look, add this to your basket.

Stay smart in a pair of lightweight chinos that are moisture-wicking and easy to iron. Pair with a crisp white shirt and you’re good to go.

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Unlined Linen Tailored Jacket, Esprit, £39.99

If your workplace requires a jacket to be worn, go for light colours that don’t keep the heat in, like this blue number. Stick to linen too, for your own sanity.

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