Heatwave Fashion – it’s hot out there!

Well, this is more like it! We’re having a heatwave – or you could just call it a proper summer! But with the wonderful weather come a few, well, problems. What on earth do you wear in this weather? Well, we’ve come up with a guide to heatwave fashion – how to look your best and keep cool when the mercury rises!

1.Choose your fabrics carefully. Polyesters and man-made fabrics are not the best in this heat. So look for cotton, linen, light wools, or Tencell Lyocell, an eco fabric made from bamboo and the likes.

2. Keep your colours pale. If you want bright, just don’t mix with black. White reflects the heat, black absorbs it – it isn’t rocket science. Heatwave Fashion - cotton and whiteWHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from left): Harem pant trousers, £15, BHS, white peplum top, £16.99, New Look, polka dot cotton mix skirt, £45, White Stuff, white cotton shirt tunic, £16, white floaty cami top, £15, both BHS

3. You may feel daft wearing a hat in the city, but sun on your head is not good, causing heat stroke, exhaustion and your scalp can get burned. Have you seen some tourist using umbrellas as parasols? They’re not daft. Keep the ageing and burning UVA and UVB rays from the sun off your face. Oh, and don’t forget your water -keeping rehydrated in the sun is imperative.

Heatwave fashion - cover ups and scarvesWHERE TO BUY (Clockwise, from top left) Tencell lyocell cardigan, £19.99, H&M, star print scarf, £19.95, White Stuff, linen coral scarf, £15 (was £22), Crew Clothing, leather sandals, £29.99, H&M

4. Carry a shawl or a scarf or a light knit with you to pop on when you are indoors, and the A/C is on – you don’t want to catch a summer chill. And keep shoes sensible, leather, flat and preferably sandals – let your feet breathe!

Heatwave fashion - summer dressesWHERE TO BUY (Left to right): Khaki cotton dress, £7.99, print cotton dress, £7.99, denim cotton dress, £34.99, all H&M, striped cotton sundress, £35 (was £55), Crew Clothing

5. Look at the cut of your clothes. Make sure there is room under your arms, wear sleeveless tops when you can (just make sure you apply sunscreen), choose long maxi dresses, and floaty loose, flowing cuts to keep you feeling fresh in the heat.

heatwave fashion - summer maxi dressesWHERE TO BUY (left to right): Grey cotton maxi dress, £39.95, GAP, cotton crochet shawl top maxi dress, £29.99, drop armhole coral maxi dress, £12.99, both New Look

Enjoy the sunshine!

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Summer Maxi Dresses – and How To Wear Them

When the weather gets a bit better, the maxi dresses come out! The 1970s fashion trend has been a huge hit in the last few years, but sometimes the humble maxi dress can just look so wrong.

Be careful when you decide to join in with this fashion trend. Floaty bandeau maxi dresses really are best left for the holiday resorts. A too-long maxi dress could cause a lot of problems, especially on a night out, so watch your length.

If you’re short, make sure you elevate yourself with wedges, but be careful with heeled shoes or sandals – they really don’t look great with maxi dresses. Flat sandals are perfect for a day time look, if you don’t need the height.

SUMMER MAXI DRESSES ONEMAXI DRESSES, LEFT: HALTERNECK PRINT DRESS, £55, WAREHOUSE @ DEBENHAMS, RIGHT, SPOTTY EVENING MAXI DRESS, £110, EDITION BY JONATHAN SAUNDERS @ DEBENHAMS

If you are short, try and buy a dress that sits just on your ankle, so your feet are on show, but in reality, it’s probably best to work with a midi dress, which stops mid-calf.

Maxi dresses were huge in the 1970s, floaty, hippie styles are perfect for summer days, in the park, at the beach, but not in the high street of your local town.And be careful of the volume in your dress – floaty styles don’t flatter every figure.

SUMMER MAXI DRESSES TWOMAXI DRESSES, FROM LEFT: CHIFFON PRINT MAXI, £49,99, H&M, ONE SHOUILDER FLORAL MAXI, £14.99, NEW LOOK, PRINTED PLEATED MAXI DRESS, £45, DOROTHY PERKINS, STRIPED VEST MAXI, £39.99, SUPERDRY

Evening maxi dresses were de rigueur in the 1970s, everyone wore one. A maxi in the evening can look elegant and sophisticated, but make sure it’s the right fabric – a maxi meant for the beach is not going to look great at dinner.

SUMMER MAXI DRESSES THREEMAXI DRESSES, FROM LEFT: SCOOP BACK RED VEST MAXI, £39.99, SUPERDRY, DIP COLOURED MAXI, £STAR BY JULIEN MACDONALD @ DEBENHAMS, AQUA MAXI DRESS, £58, TOP SHOP, ZEBRA PRINT BANDEAU BEACH MAXI, £14.99, H&M.

Please note that we always endeavour to feature items that are available in Ocean Terminal, however sometimes items featured may be out of stock, and prices may vary due to seasonal reductions