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Four ways to style summer dresses in a heatwave

Summer’s finally arrived and the heatwave is well under way

Dressing in soaring temperatures can prove quite a challenge when you’re trying to keep cool.

Shorts aren’t really going to cut it in the office, unless you have a very laid-back boss, while a formal wedding ceremony could feel hard work in a posh two-piece.

So what’s the solution? One word – dress.

Summer dresses are of course a great go-to when the mercury rises, not least because you can just throw on the one item you’re good to go.

And the high street has so much to choose from that you can find the perfect summer dress in any style, shape, length, colour and pattern to cover any potential occasion.

The other great thing about dresses is you can dress them up or down so a small selection of dresses will work great for a variety of occasions, simply by changing the accessories.

We’ve chosen four dresses and different types of accessories that will work well with all of them so you can create a capsule wardrobe that can be adapted for any occasion.

The dresses
£40, Roman Originals.
£79.50, Oliver Bonas.
 £135, Hope Fashion.
£30, F&F.












These four garments differ in style, shape and budget but each can be worn on any occasion if accessorized correctly.

A simple white dress with cool material in a midi length is ideal for keeping you cool without putting too much flesh on show. It may not work for a wedding – unless you’re going to a ceremony where the bride is wearing colour rather than white – but it can certainly be dressed up beautifully for a formal event.

A more formal patterned dress might on first glance seem out of place on any occasion but with slides or flip flops, for example, it can be instantly transformed into a casual look.

Shirt dresses are perfect for this hot weather. They work well for casual days, as well as work, but can also be dressed up when the occasion demands it.

And even the more traditional style strappy sun dress can be versatile if styled in the right way.


Fancy do/wedding


Necklace, £22, Oliver Bonas.
Bag, £69, John Lewis.
Shoes, £29.99, Freemans.









Work day


Sandals, £49, Fatface.
Bag, £50, River Island.


Lunch/dinner date
Bag £25, John Lewis.
Sandals, £95, Dune.

Fun in the sun


Bag, £30, National Trust.
Slides, £9.99. Shoezone.


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