Dressing for hot weather is tough for us Brits. Far more used to swaddling ourselves in layers of tweed and merino than we are bearing our extremities from beneath sheaths of linen, when the weather warms up (as it is set to this weekend) we tend to go one of three ways: American dad in chinos, socks and capacious polo shirts, overgrown toddler in a ball-cupping “co-ord” or football hooligan who’s invested in too many bottles of White Lightning and not enough bottles of sun cream (see below).
The solution to getting it right in the warm weather is to keep it as simple as possible. Roomy shirts and shorts are easy to get away with when you’re working from home and, to be honest, you should be wearing suncream as a matter of course all day every day.
So here, to help you get it right as the weather warms up and the lockdown rules loosen, are ten key rules for staying stylish in the heat.
A simple but important one, this. Wear the wrong fabrics in the heat and you’ll not only run the risk of getting unsightly sweat patches, but you’ll look unnecessarily uncomfortable all day long. Silk-linen mixes, poplin cottons and open-weave pique fabrics are your best bet here. In fact, anything even remotely breathable will be your best friend. It’s important to pay attention to cut too, so opt for roomy styles that will encourage air to flow around areas more prone to sweating. This linen shirt from Emma Willis will work wonders.
There’s nothing like a classic straw boater to keep the sun out of your eyes and the attention turned your way. This option from Lock & Co will look just as good worn with black separates (for an irony-laced Gallic vibe) as it would worn with the shirt pictured above and the shorts pictured a few below.
There is nothing worse than the blistering, prickling feeling unnecessary sunburn provides. It’s the same feeling people such as me get when they see big red-singed bodies strolling the streets as if it’s entirely normal to go out in public looking like a side of barely cooked salmon. Sort it out. Wear sun cream and save both your skin and, in turn, my all-too-sensitive sensibilities.