20+ Summer Must-Haves to Get You Through a Heatwave

Photography courtesy of IMAXTREE

These key pieces will keep you cool and collected during the hot summer months.

By
Ivy Tang

Date July 14, 2021

When we were preparing for “hot girl summer,” consecutive heat warnings and record-breaking temperatures were not exactly what we had in mind. With global warming causing places like British Columbia to smash hot temperature records, we know we’re in for a sweltering summer that no amount of SPF and sweat-proof makeup can save us from. Looking put together while keeping sweat and stress to a minimum is no easy feat, but with the right items, you can achieve both with minimal effort. Wondering what to wear in a heatwave? Look for breathable fabrics and fuss-free fits.

From airy slip skirts to micro minis, the best way to keep yourself cool and comfortable is to keep your outfits as simple as possible. Roomy dresses and barely-there tops are life-savers when it comes to feeling breezy. Or better yet, take your swimsuits for a spin on the streets and for an easy city-to-beach transition. Materials are important, too. Choose fabrics that are fast-drying, such as terry cloth and textiles made with superfine merino wool, or look to natural fibres like linen and cotton for their breathability. And don’t forget to add a splash of colour and interest with your accessories!

Need some inspiration for how to ride out a heatwave in style? Take a look at our picks of stylish yet practical summer-ready pieces below.

1/23

Hakea

Organza Dress in Sunflower

($262, Hakea)

3/23

COS

Wide-Leg Trousers

($156, COS)

4/23

Feit

One Strap Sandal

($515, Feit)

6/23

Camper

Kobarah Slingback Sandals

($180, Farfetch)

8/23

Bather

Orange Hawaiian Tropics Swim Trunk

($110, Bather)

10/23

Fendi

Baguette 1997

($3,490, Fendi)

11/23

Hermès

Cape Cod Watch, 23 x 23 mm

($3,900, Hermès)

13/23

Fe Noel

Bloom Again Embroidered Pant

($986, Fe Noel)

15/23

Khaite

The Indira Bra in Medallion Dot

($990, Khaite)

22/23

Roots

Cooper Park Short in Ochre

($46, Roots)

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