How to dress for the reality of a British Summer


We all love the Great British Summer time but planning outfits for every day taking into account unpredictable temperature shifts with effortless style isn’t always easy, especially when navigating armpits and elbows en route to stuffy offices and getting caught in a subsequent downpour (don’t forget, this is Britain and the ‘summer’ can have all weathers in store).

Despite the recent May Bank Holiday heatwave exceeding the hottest on record at 29 degrees,* there’s always an element of risk when it comes to outfit planning. So, here’s how to be prepared for the best – and worst – summer weather eventualities with these tips from Voucherbox.

It starts with the underwear

When it’s warm, the best fabrics to keep you cool are either lace or mesh and of course padding-free. If you have a smaller bust, replace an underwired padded bra with a lace bralette. Those with larger busts could consider an unwired bra with adjustable straps or even an anti-sweat sports bra. They can come in all kinds of colours and styles.

When choosing knickers, it’s always best to go with no-VPL being the most versatile when you are choosing cool outfits which may be made of sheer material, for example a floaty dress, skirt or pants.

Be as cool as a commuting cucumber

When travelling on public transport, it is recommended to wear loose-fitting tops from natural fabrics. It’s best to avoid synthetics or clothing without any structure as this can cause fabric to gather and stick to your skin when hot.

If you have long hair, tying it up can keep you cool so why not capitalise on 2018 hair trends like a low or high ponytail or braids and plaits? Here’s a great YouTube tutorial for five simple and easy braids.