Women's Fashion

40+ Summer Must-Haves to Get You Through a Heatwave

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These key pieces will keep you cool and collected during the hot summer months.

When we were preparing for “hot girl summer,” record-breaking heatwaves were not exactly what we had in mind. With global climate change causing places like the UK to smash records, we know we’re in for a sweltering summer that no amount of SPF and sweat-proof makeup can save us from. Looking put together while keeping sweat and stress to a minimum is no easy feat, but with the right items, you can achieve both with minimal effort. Luckily, we’re here to help you do just that with our guide for what to wear in a heatwave.

Step one: look for breathable fabrics and fuss-free fits. From airy trousers to micro minis, the best way to keep yourself cool and comfortable is to keep your outfits as simple as possible. Roomy dresses and barely-there tops are life-savers when it comes to feeling breezy. Or better yet, take your swimsuits for a spin on the streets and for an easy city-to-beach transition. Materials are important, too. Choose fabrics that are fast-drying, such as terry cloth and textiles made with superfine merino wool, or look to natural fibres like linen and cotton for their breathability. And don’t forget to add a splash of colour and interest with your accessories!

So if you’re struggling to figure out what to wear in a heatwave, take a look at our picks of stylish yet practical summer-ready pieces below.