This summer, heatwaves have taken hold, with hot, humid conditions to be found across the country and in our favourite destinations abroad. The best way to dress for it? Invest in natural fabrics that will keep you cool and stylish on sweltering days. Here, we explore the best cotton and linen pieces that’ll help you beat the summer heat, featuring fashion inspiration from bloggers Alice and Hannah from Belle & Bunty.
Cotton is quite often the first fabric we reach for when the sun makes its appearance. Lightweight, cool and soft against the skin, this natural fibre allows air to circulate and move freely, allowing for breathability in dry heat or humid weather conditions.
Whisper-weight weaves, crinkled textures and broderie anglaise: this season’s cotton dresses come in a variety of guises. Wind-blown midis in crisp white and bohemian-inspired embellishments are the go-to choice for sizzling summer afternoons, while printed pieces make the perfect pick for sun-soaked occasions, from weddings to garden parties.
Versatile, easy to style and comfortable in the heat, cotton tops are the staple buys of any warm-weather wardrobe. Perfect for wearing with shorts or culottes, bohemian blouses and strappy camis make light work of off-duty dressing – all you need are a few summer accessories.
Made using the fibres of the flax plant, linen is one of the favourite fabrications of the warm summer months. Its unique open weave allows for maximum airflow to the skin, while its natural heat and moisture-wicking properties leave you feeling cool and dry as the mercury rises.
Whether crafted from pure linen or combined with cotton, these summer heroes are an effortlessly cool way to beat the heat. As the sun beats down, put your trust in shoulder-baring Bardot dresses and button-up midis, styling them with your favourite pair of sandals for endless ease. Want something for the beach and beyond? A linen-blend jumpsuit with classic stripes is your holiday must-have.