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How to dress for summer in the city

Style it out through August with these wardrobe-ready hacks.

From picnics in the park to cocktails al fresco, who doesn’t love basking in wall-to-wall sunshine. But what happens when you need to rouse yourself from your sun lounger to attend that meeting or commute to the office while looking stylish and unflustered? Before you go into meltdown, take a few style pointers and put your faith in some carefully selected pieces that will see you through any hot spell in effortless style. Here are the essentials to invest in now.

The Slouchy Suit

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Staying smart in the heat is possible thanks to slouchy suits and everyone’s go-to: linen. Choose a classic cut with high-waisted wide-leg trousers or slip into tailored Bermuda shorts and a pair of kitten heels to transform your suit for summer. Fabric-wise, linen is a saviour thanks to its low thread count, temperatureregulating properties and perfectly laid-back look.

The Slinky Slip

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If you want to look put together while beating the heat, reach for a slip dress. Go for crisp cotton for daytime, or opt for satin for a sultry after-dark vibe. Worried about showing a little too much skin? Throw on a lightweight blazer for the office or don a floaty kimono to waft from day to night. For the perfect finishing touch, pair with an oversized straw tote and statement jewellery.

The White Stuff

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See the light this summer with all white everything. From beyond-the-pale puff-sleeve dresses to washing powder bright tees and chalky wide-leg trousers, white adds a timeless, sophisticated touch while reflecting the sun’s heat to help keep you cool. And thanks to catwalk iterations at Prada and Ferragamo, this is one white-hot trend that's here to stay.

The do-it-all sandal

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When it comes to summer footwear, take a practical turn in a chunky go-everywhere sandal. Add some height with a super thick sole or slide into a classic double-strap style (hello, Birkenstocks). If you want your sandals to really go the distance opt for a caged silhouette – ideal for pounding the pavements while scoring big on comfort. Colour-wise, go for neutral shades, and don’t forget that all-important pedi.

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