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Heatwave Chic

It's tricky to keep your (fashion) cool with temperatures rising - when it's hot enough to make you consider standing in front of your open fridge all day, those denim shorts can get tiresome. But a heatwave doesn't have to mean vest tops and cut offs for days on end. Take inspiration from these stylish Londoners for your next day in the sun.

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Hot weather doesn't have to mean flashing acres of flesh. Stay cool in a lightweight dress in a striking pattern to stand out from the crowd. The yellow shoes pull the outfit together, giving what could be a little too monochrome for summer a colour pop.

(Source: Evening Standard)

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Why does summer have to mean your fashion cred goes out of the window? Instead of the usual vintage-styled tea dresses, try a dress with a modern, striking cut - it's still short enough to keep cool, but the added length at the back means there's no chance of flashing your underwear while out and about. Love the wedges, too - comfy enough to trek about London in the heat, but the added height adds a hint of glamour.

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Even the girliest of girls can bring their inner tomboys out to play in masculine cuts in pastel pinks! Since tight tops paired with short skirts can err on the side of girl band fashion for most women, we think the bagginess of the top here is exactly right, balancing out the miniskirt.

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A similar idea's at play here - a loose fitting top balances out these short shorts, and we love the gladiator style sandals! Striking sunglasses keep the look from being too casual.

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Cut off dungarees are a refreshing retro alternative to flowery vintage dresses/straightforward denim shorts. A jacket might seem a strange addition to our heatwave streetstyle picks, but we all know England might be blistering in the sun, but the shade's always goosebump-evokingly chilly. Layering's key here, not just for aesthetic reasons!

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Maybe we've read The Virgin Suicides a few times too many, but white lace dresses are always our go to outfit for some sultry summer dreaminess. Red sandals save this look from being too cutesy.

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Lightweight layering creates a soft, structured look, while clashing prints keep the outfit striking and contemporary.

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Proof that summer dressing doesn't have to be sloppy. Look pretty and polished for your next day in the sun in bare legs, a pencil skirt and a paper thin shirt. Summer florals can be cliched, but as a print on something more structured than a tea dress, they're unexpected and refreshing.

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