10 cool dresses to combat the heatwave weather

Summer is officially here thanks to the ongoing heatwave we are experiencing. We’ve rounded up the best dresses to keep you cool (in every sense of the word) during this time. 

Summer is officially here. It might not be quite as we imagined with holidays looking like staycations, travel abroad abandoned and summer weddings postponed until next year, but the weather is certainly giving us something to smile about.

For the past couple of weeks we have been lucky enough to experience blue skies, bird song and all-day long sunshine. Sure, it has made us pine for a beer garden, beaches and salty hair more than ever before but is has also got us infinitely excited about our summer wardrobes.

Armed with summer-fuelled optimism and the first glimmer of a tan, we charge towards (online) stores  ready to discard our sweatshirts and jumpers in favour or bright, bold colours and delicate details. Slipping in a heavily-embroidered dress instead of our trusty loungewear, changing up jeans for denim cut-offs and burying coats in the back of our wardrobe and refilling our rails with printed satins and silks. 

However the reality of wearing those pieces quickly comes to fruition. The heavy embroidered dress as pretty as it is, now seems to weight heavy on your sun-wearied limbs. The denim cut off you had chosen for your daily walk are beginning to rub on your thighs, and the silks and satins are quick to show up the droplets of water now running down your body. 

The solution? Heat-busting dresses. Voluminous in shape, long in length and made from smart breathable fabrics such as cottons and linens. It’s time to feel as good as you look. 

Shop our edit of the best dresses to wear in a heatwave. 

  • Sleeper

    Bringing masterful sleepwear to everyday dressing, Sleeper is the Ukranian brand currently taking over your Instagram, and it’ll soon be taking over your summer wardrobe. 

    Off-the-shoulder linen dress, £260, Sleeper 


  • Mango

    Conquer summer dressing in Mango’s cotton ruffled maxi dress in sunshine yellow. Add playful beaded jewellery for a real bohemian finish. 

    Shop yellow dress, £59.99, Mango 


  • Topshop

    This gingham dress from Topshop ticks all the boxes: picnic-inspired print, loose-fitting skirt and cute capped sleeves. 

    Shop gingham dress, £45, Topshop 


  • H&M

    Just think of the breeze you’ll feel when this H&M dress catches a gust of wind. Sensational. If that wasn’t enough, wait until you see the pretty bow detail on the back. 

    Shop beige dress, £34.99, H&M


  • Zara

    If you are going to do embroidery, make sure it’s minimal and on a dress with this kind of flowing midi shape. A true summer winner. 

    Shop embroidered dress, £49.99, Zara


  • Arket

    We immediately feel cooler just looking at this dress so imagine how we’ll feel once we slide that cotton onto our skin. Finish the look with chunky dad sandals and a pair of gold hoops. 

    Shop white dress, £79, Arket


  • Free People

    Team this Free People midi dress with raffia accessories to keep it tonal and give your look a real high summer feel. 

    Shop midi dress, £88, Free People 


  • Cos

    For the person who wears black all year round (we salute you). 

    Shop black dress, £59, Cos


  • & Other Stories dress

    With its air-inducing hemline and short sleeves, & Other Stories has created the prettiest heat-busting summer dress. 

    Shop blue open back dress, £135, & Other Stories 


  • Designers Remix

    With its sweet ruffle details and playful gingham print, all this Designers Remix dress needs now is a pair of classic tan sandals. 

    Shop gingham dress, £207, Designers Remix at Yoox


Images:  / Instagram / Courtesy of Brands 

Lead image: Free People 

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