Summer is supposed to be here, but instead we have been greeted with relentless rain and humidity highs. Dressing for this clammy weather is becoming something of an art form, but we have cracked the code on how to beat the (kind of) heat this season.
June. In theory it’s the kick off to the great British summer. A month full of festivals in the sunshine, evenings with friends enjoying the long days, and picnics in the park. It’s the time of year where your summer wardrobe goes into full swing: bold summer dresses, swinging skirts, a plethora of sandals and even denim cut-offs seem appropriate most of the time.
However the reality of June 2019 has been that it’s a total wash out. Being British we are accustomed to more than just a spot of rain, but this just feels relentless. And with such weather comes such humidity, because it’s not cold and raining. No, no, no it’s 22 degrees and the humidity is hitting us harder than when Monica went to Barbados in Friends.
So how do you combat the climate? How do you manage the sweaty commute (honestly, it’s relentless) and still feel ‘summer’ enough that when the sun does grace us with its presence for all of 30 mins you feel like you’re in Formentera?
The answer lies in midi length cotton or linen dresses. Cotton and linen make the humidity 10 times more bearable than if you’re in a polyester or nylon outfit. The midi length makes you feel as though you can take this dress to any occasion: a board meeting, interviewing a designer for a feature, drinks with friends when it does finally decide to stop raining. And it also helps shelter you from the inevitable cold that an onslaught of rain will bring.
Finish the look with a trusty lightweight denim jacket and trainers – there is nothing worse than soggy sandals.
Shop our edit of the nine game-changing dresses here.
Bringing masterful sleepwear to everyday dressing, Sleeper is the Ukranian brand currently taking over your Instagram, and it’ll soon be taking over your summer wardrobe.
Off-the-shoulder linen dress, £199, Sleeper
Sainsbury’s Tu is serving up some serious pieces for the summer including this linen number. Wear with a lightweight white denim jacket and equally as white trainers to combat the commute.
Premium linen dress, £35, Tu at Sainsbury’s
Kin at John Lewis dress
Simple in its design and made to keep you cool, dress up this Kin dress with rafia accessories for an easy take on summer dressing.
Gathered back dress, £59, Kin at John Lewis
Sporting long sleeves and an above ankle length, this is the dress to pick if you want to go jacket free. You’ll never feel cooler (in every sense of the word).
Cotton shirt dress, £200, Staud
Nothing says summer like a white dress. But this isn’t summer we are dressing for, this is intermittent torrential downpour, so wear yours with a cropped leather biker jacket and stomp-worthy black boots.
Belted linen dress, £200, Equipment
Take on a classic summer print via Mango’s gingham dress. With its button down skirt and cinched-in waist you’ll be ready to tackle the day… come rain or shine.
Gingham printed dress, £29.99, Mango
Free People dress
For the person who wears black all year round (we salute you).
Midi dress, £88, Free People
Bring your own blue skies with this Zara dress. Pair it with white mules and statement gold jewellery to dress it up.
Ruffled linen dress, £59.99, Zara
& Other Stories dress
With its air-inducing hemline and short sleeves, & Other Stories has created a sure fire winner to combat the clamminess.
Printed handkerchief dress, £85, & Other Stories
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