From festivals and garden parties to weddings and date nights, there are a million and one different events going on every summer.
But whilst it’s fun to work your way through such a full calendar, figuring out what to wear isn’t always easy.
As well as the usual attempts to decode invites (who knows what ‘formalwear’ means anymore?), there’s also a whole load of pesky practicalities to bear in mind– like putting together an ensemble that’ll keep you cool during a swelteringly hot evening.
Because once the sun starts shining and the temperature rises, feeling cool and comfortable quickly becomes far more important than looking fashionable.
With that in mind, we’re sharing a few top tips for dressing to stylishly survive a night out in the middle of a heatwave. Check them out.
#1: get the dress right
First things first, you need to pick the right outfit – preferably one you feel comfortable and confident in.
Remember, you don’t have to bare it all to stay cool (unless you want to, of course).A good midi length party dress (websites like AX Paris have a ton of them) is perfect if you’re not a fan of flashing too much flesh.
Whatever length or style of dress you go for, always avoid blacks in favour of whites, creams and light colours – they reflect the sun and help to keep you cool.
#2:keep your hair under control
After spending time patiently teasing your hair into full glossy waves, discovering that it’s turned into a frizzy mess after hitting the dance floor for a couple of songs is sure to send you spiralling into a night-ruining bad mood.
Fight frizz and keep it under control by applying freeze hold hairspray before you leave – TRESemmé’s Strong Hold option is unbeatable, plus it’s very reasonably priced.
Then you’ll be able to do your best Beyoncé impression all night long without having to worry about what your hair is doing.
Sun cream, makeup and sweat is a sure-fire recipe for oily, greasy skin, but you don’t have to put up with it all summer long. The secret to matte, picture-perfect skin for a night out is all in the prep work.
Washing your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser (over-exfoliating your skin will only make it oilier) and applying primer should help to keep oil at bay and your makeup in place.
As a last resort, you can always pop some cosmetic blotting paper in your handbag (Shiseido’s aren’t the cheapest but they are kind to your skin) for quick refreshes in the club’s bathroom.
#4:wear comfy shoes
When you’re barely surviving the heat, the last thing you want is a pair of skyscraper heels ripping into your feet all night.
Go for wedges, if you like to add height, or some stylish flat sandals (mules or sliders are very on trend this year) for footwear you can comfortably walk and dance in.
Then even if you are battling a heatwave, you won’t have to deal with mood-destroying blisters as well.