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6 ways to style out summer in the city

When the mercury rises, deciding what to wear to look chic but stay cool can feel like a challenge. Read on to discover the perfect pieces and styling tricks to help you stay elegantly stylish in the heat…

L–R: Caroline Issa, Donna Wallace and Funda Christophersen


With a variety of shapes and colors catering to all personal styles, the midi dress truly is an unassuming summer-closet hero. Slip-on-and-go styles in crisp linen and cool cotton – cool enough for a heatwave yet still covered up – will simplify your morning routine. Just add some chunky gold jewelry and leather slides.

Chrissy Rutherford (in all-white) and Beatrice Gutu


Tailoring is a safe bet, whatever the weather. It stays crisp even if you’re wilting in the heat and can be suitably layered up once the temperature drops. Right now, the shorts suit is having a fashion moment, so it’s never been easier to find your perfect style. On warmer days, wear it with a sleeveless blazer or an oversized linen shirt and flat barely-there sandals (see below for some of our favorites). And in cooler climes, keep things simple with a crewneck knit and loafers.


A classic prairie blouse will never go out of fashion. The key details to look out for this season are voluminous sleeves and ruffled details. Emilia Wickstead’s floral-print version, with its dramatic puffed sleeves, gets our vote for ultimate versatility. Dress it up with slightly flared tailored pants and ankle boots for days that require a more polished approach, and down with ’70s-style jeans and gladiator sandals.


Like the footwear equivalent of a ’90s slip dress, the barely-there sandal is all about paring summer style back to basics. Ultra-fine straps lend an instant elegance to your look and will complement everything from cropped tailored pants to denim cut-offs, and mini dresses to maxi skirts; they are basically a no-brainer finishing touch. Look out for blockier heels or slightly elevated flatforms for a leg-lengthening effect.

Jane McFarland


From working alfresco to packing summer picnics, you’re covered with SS20’s super-sized tote bags. Canvas and woven textures by The Row and Bottega Veneta are the kind of timeless pieces that will remain en vogue for many seasons to come. For even more versatility, look out for leather details that render this off-duty arm candy work-appropriate.

Josephine Aarkrogh (wearing yellow) and Julia Dalia


As effortless as the aforementioned midi dress, but with a tougher, utilitarian appeal, the jumpsuit is another genius one-and-done piece. There is something so inherently cool about this all-in-one that means styling can be kept ultra-minimal. Roll up the ankles and pair with sporty slides in the summer, then tuck them into combat boots come fall. Slinkier styles will add an elegant nonchalance to eveningwear, too (once lockdown has lifted), so consider styling these versions up with strappy sandals and a slick of red lipstick.

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