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Dressing For A Heatwave - Summer 2016

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It’s official, this week we are going to experience actual summer here in the UK – a whole three days of it. As public services shut down all over the country, rendered unable to cope by the sudden lack of rain and grey cloud, and sales of soup plummet through the floor, make sure you remain cool as Diane Kruger in couture by dressing to enjoy the sun without feeling the heat. If you can’t spend the next three days naked in an ice bath then here are our suggestions for dressing in a heatwave.

Underwear that is flexible

Heatwave Land of Women Bandeau Bra

Land of Women Bandeau Bra

Let’s face it, the last thing you want to be dealing with in 30-degree heat (yes, Rest Of The World, that is what we call a heatwave here in the UK) is badly positioned bra straps. Apart from the obvious dangers with tanlines, a heatwave requires cool and comfortable dressing that isn’t going to get you grumpy. All hail then the bandeau bra – this Land of Women super soft version is ultra kind for a hot day. Alternatively (or if a bandeau is just out of the question), pick a bra so pretty it doesn’t matter how much of it you show, like this insanely good looking halter bra from Rilke.

Rilke Halter Bra

Rilke Halter Bra

Cool shoes you can walk in

Absence Obtuse Sandals

Abcense Obtuse Sandals

It doesn’t matter where you sit on the sizing scale, in this kind of weather you’re going to sweat. Walking any distance further than 0.25km is going to be a killer and everything will make your feet hurt. So, choose shoes that let the breeze get to your feet and which will be cool (aesthetically and actually) and not make you dread the walk to the bus stop home. These 'Obtuse' sandals from Abcense have been designed to be the perfect fusion of practicality and style. Alternatively, Spanish brand 5yMedio designs footwear intended to create a healthy walk in exceptional comfort.

5yMedio Dalmatian Sandals

A hat

Bruna Abreu Hat

Bruna Abreu Hat

Unless you want a scalp as red as a singed tomato – or you’re a master of the beehive - you need a hat in this kind of weather. Hats are difficult and don’t suit everyone but there’s absolutely no need to walk around looking like Joan Collins on a bad day, or to subscribe to the fashion herd with a flagging felt fedora. Plenty of brands make hats that you might actually want to wear - we love the designs from Bruna Abreu, which are hand made from colourful fabrics and individually created to fit your head. If you must have a straw hat then do it with pom poms like this Eshvi for 711 design.

Eshvi Hat

Eshvi for 711 Hat

Cotton

Fete Imperial Dress

Fete Imperiale Dress

Growing up, we at The Glass Pineapple didn’t fully appreciate just how much man made fibres can make a hot day infinitely worse. If you don’t want to be coated with sweat the second you step down from your front door then opt for cotton – as close to 100% as possible. A white cotton dress is a thing of great beauty when it's scorching outside - this Fete Imperiale design is 100% cotton, aerated with plenty of splits and Just So Cool. If shirts are more your style then Swedish label Arethe does a fine 100% cotton unisex oversize piece of tailoring that will reflect all the light.

Arethe White Shirt

Arethe White Shirt

 

Something you can’t wear in winter

Nika Tang Lace Dress

Nika Tang Lace Dress

Dressing for a heatwave isn’t just about preventing heatstroke or avoiding a fight with another overheated commuter – it should be enjoyable too! There’s a certain amount of free licence available during a super hot spell like this that makes it the perfect time for experimenting with looks you might otherwise not brave. San Francisco and London label Nika Tang triumphs in function and form with every creation - this embroidered lace dress is an urban summer classic. From IO Ivana Omazic, the directional version of a tennis dress - white, pleated, hand painted, 100% cotton and divine.

Ioivana Omazic White Dress

IO Ivana Omazic White Dress

 

 

A summer knit

Humanoid Sweater

Humanoid Sweater

It may sound mad to recommend a knit when all you really want is to be walking around in an ice pack but, in this kind of weather, every building with more than two people in it – from Selfridges to your office – whacks up the aircon to the Arctic setting. Getting warm from the sun and then ‘froid’ from the aircon is unpleasant so avoid an afternoon of teeth chattering at your desk with a lightweight summer knit. Humanoid does a great line in loose fit knits that do the job perfectly, or show off your lunch break tan with this Anna Daubner grey sweater that is overlaid with a silver print.

Anna Dauber Silver Jumper

Anna Daubner Silver Jumper

A no fuss cropped jumpsuit

Tosia NYC Inverted Lapel Jumpsuit

Tosia NYC Inverted Lapel Jumpsuit

Surviving heat of any kind just requires some smart thinking – what can you wear that you can basically put on and then ignore for the rest of the day? The answer is, of course, the jumpsuit, which requires precisely zero pulling up or tugging down and which – if you choose the right one – can feel like you’re walking around in a pair of lightweight pyjamas. Tosia NYC's inverted lapel jumpsuit is an effortless office basic for sultry summer days or you can keep it low key and effortless with this white jumpsuit from Black Blessed.

Black Blessed White Jumpsuit

Black Blessed White Jumpsuit

A crop

Kaliver White Leather Top

Kaliver White Leather Top

While extreme cropped tops and hipster waistlines are perhaps best suited to Kendall Jenner or those with a serious laxative addiction, that isn’t the only way to wear a crop. You don’t necessarily need to reveal a stretch of skin between crop and waistband – the clever way to enjoy this summer style is with a waistband that sits higher than the point where the crop finishes. There’s no visible flesh but you’ll still get to enjoy the breeze created by a two-piece and a gap. This Kaliver White Leather top falls in soft waves, higher in some places than others, making it easy to layer, or choose something cool and structured like this simple cactus crop from Salo Shayo.

Salo Shayo Cactus Cropped Top

Salo Shayo Cactus Cropped Top

Look At Me summer earrings

 Aurelie Bidermann earrings

Aurelie Bidermann Marella Earrings

Your makeup may be sliding off your face and you may have sweat patches from under arm to knee but that’s no excuse for failing on the accessories front. Choose an eye-catching pair of crazy summer earrings and no one will pay any attention to your bad tanlines or pink flushed cheeks. These Aurelie Biedermann earrings are both bold and practical – they look fantastic every time they catch the sun and are so large that every time you move you’ll create your own breeze. Alternatively, style it out with a hand made Anisha Parmar Empress ear cuff - eye-catching and exceptionally finely made, they are crafted from blue marble acrylic, beautifully grained wood and gold foil encased acrylic.

Anisha Parmar Empress Ear Cuff

Anisha Parmar Empress Ear Cuff

Hot Weather Hair 

You may have left the house with perfect, soft summer waves but after 30 minutes on the Underground your barnet will be strands of dampness plastered to overheated skin. Avoid your hair hanging off you in dripping clumps by styling it to a) stay off your skin and b) stay in place all day. Some of the SS16 hair trends come in particularly useful here, especially Marni's all new take on bunches.

Marin Bunches SS16

Marni's SS16 Bunches

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