What to wear to stay cool in the heatwave – from floaty fabric dresses to light linens – The Sun

FOR fashion conscious women, the heatwave leaves you with two options: either continue wearing for your favourite outfits and melt in the sweltering heat or sacrifice your style pride by going back to basics.

But believe it or not, it doesn't have to be this way – here's how you can maintain your savvy style by opting for some heatwave-friendly fabrics.

  • ASOS DESIGN linen cami wrap mini sundress, £22 from ASOS – buy now

Light linen

Let's just say, linen blends are your best friend during the summer months.

The light fabric not only makes for gorgeous summery items, the absorbent fabric won't stick to your sweaty frame. Nice.

Either opt for a mini dress like this gorgeous ASOS number or snap up a simple and flattering H&M t-shirt.

We also love these linen trousers from New Look which make a great alternative to thick denim in the sweltering heat.

  • White Stripe Belted Beach Trousers, £17.99 from New Look – buy now

  • Linen T-Shirt, £10 from H&M – buy now

  • ASOS DESIGN linen swing playsuit with frill sleeve in black, £25 from ASOS – buy now

Floaty fabrics

You have to agree, there's nothing worse than wearing restrictive clothing when the temperature reaches tropical levels. Fact.

Enter: the floatiest fabrics the high street has to offer.

From lightweight culottes to a simple playsuit, these stand-out styles mean you don't have to sacrifice your fashion credentials when the weather gets out-of-hand hot.

  • Red Shirred Strappy Midi Dress, £15 from Primark -see here

  • Black Long Sleeve Floral Tiered Midi Dress, £18 from Matalan – buy now

  • Floral High Waisted Shorts, £12.50 from M&S – buy now

  • Belted Woven Polka Dot Culottes, £10.50 from Boohoo – buy now

  • White Broiderie Bardot Top, £6 from Primark – buy now

Cotton Dresses

You can't go wrong with a simple cotton dress in this insane heat.

Come rain or shine (but mostly shine), the loose and light fabric should be the foundation of the your summer wardrobe.

Here are some of dreamiest styles available on the high street right now.

  • Short Sleeve Denim Midi Shirt Dress, £25 from Matalan – buy now

  • ASOS DESIGN cotton mini smock shirt dress in white, £22 from ASOS – buy now

  • V-neck cotton dress, £35 from H&M – buy now

  • Cotton crêpe dress, £25 from H&M – buy now

There's something about a heatwave makes us want to wear as little on our feet as possible.

Strappy shoes and buckled boots are pushed to the back of our minds… and wardrobes.

Which is why slip-on shoes are just about the most warm-weather-friendly shoes around.

We want each and every pair of these styles to see out the rest of the heatwave.

  • PORTO Tan Buckle Sandals, £13.30 from Topshop – buy now 

  • Mustard Faux Snake Sliders, £10 from New Look – buy now

  • Pink Metallic Sandals, £39.99 from Deichmann – buy now

And here are some tips on how to sleep during the heatwave.

Meanwhile an expert has claimed your room should be a cool 15 degrees to get a good night’s kip.

We recently revealed how often you should wash your bedsheets – and it they need more washes if you use lotion.

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