London weather is so unpredictableOne day it's hot, and the next day it rains... Well, in this outfit I'm prepared for both. The linen shirt provides protection from both the scorching sun and the sudden drop in temperature that often accompanies showers. And the skirt looks smart enough for a visit to a museum and a casual lunch.
In my opinion, simplicity is the key for dressing for any weather,but it is even more important when it's getting hot. What we mean by simplicity may vary, of course...
Now, I like my clothes close to the body, with simple shapes and clean lines. And I prefer to wear as little as possible, so layering is not really my thing (my idea of layering is throwing a cardigan over a dress...).
But I do find it more challenging to adhere to these ideas in summer. I mean, wearing a fitted dress (with the shape underwear that it requires) in winter is one thing. In summer it makes me really uncomfortable. I'm not ready to experiment with muumuus and kaftans, though (way too much fabric for my liking...).
So this is a sort of compromise solution: a fitted, unlined skirt and a relatively loose-fitting linen shirt. To give the shirt a bit more definition, I tied it at the waist. Then I just added sunglasses and comfortable shoes (for walking).
linen shirt: Marks and Spencer / skirt: Hobbs / shoes: Clarks / sunglasses: Coach /
bag: Adolfo Dominguez / necklace: vintage via Hirst Antiques
This is the 'smart casual' version of this outfit. In my next post I will show you the 'casual' version...
What's your solution for dressing for hot weather in the city?
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