As the sun glares down, the last thing you need is to feel restricted or uncomfortable in bodycon or figure-hugging clothing. A beautifully breezy silhouette that moves as you walk will allow you to feel cool and relaxed, especially when teamed with a lightweight summer cami.
If you've managed to get a gorgeous bronzed glow over the last few weeks, highlight your summer tan with the contrast of cool whites, especially in a skin-baring silhouette. For a more formal summer occasion, stick to a palette of cream and eggshell tones or if you're looking to steal the spotlight, opt for a statement printed piece.
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The classic 'jeans and a nice top' formula works well for a warm-weather event, ideally in a sleeveless style to help you avoid breaking a sweat. Far from basic, this combo can be updated with a skirt, tailored trousers or shorts (depending on the dress code) and chic detailing such as embellishment and sheer panelling keep your outfit from looking too laidback.
When it's just too hot for even a mini dress, shorts are an easy and practical alternative. Styled with considered design elements such as tonal shoes to give the illusion of longer legs and a smart blazer, a pair of sharply tailored shorts can look formal, fashionable and summer-party friendly.