Clothing tips for hot climates!

We all love a bit of fun in the sun, whether it’s warm summer temperatures at home or scorching climates abroad. But with these increased temperatures and tricky climates comes the problem (and challenge!) of staying fashionable in the heat. There’s no need to worry though, as we’ve put together some stylish tips and tricks that will have you looking and feeling cool in hot climates and summer months!

Dresses, dresses, dresses!

Maxi dresses and hot summer weather are a match made in heaven, as they are fashionable, lightweight, and airy. Materials like cotton, light linen, or other natural fibres or light linen are perfect when you want to stay comfortable without compromising on style. These fabrics allow air to circulate and they act like a built-in air conditioner for your body. Oh, and let’s not forget that maxi dresses also look amazing!

If you’re looking for something playful and summery, then make sure to check out Patchouli Fair.  Their tea dresses and maxi dresses are made of cotton and some of the floral patterns are adorned with sequins and beadwork, which provide a very feminine finish. Also ideal for lovers of vintage vibes!

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Patchouli Fair Ava Maxi Dress
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Cotton Brothers Maxi Dress

 

Summer colours

We all know that summer and warmer climates are great for injecting a splash of colour into your life, but they can also help cool you down. Light colours and pastels are great for hot days, as they look chic and light. If you’re off to the beach or notice yourself getting a little bit of a tan (yay!), then white is also a gorgeous colour to go for. Not only is it elegant and classy, but these lighter colours help reflect the sun and keep you cool, which means you’ll be looking good without breaking a sweat.

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Cotton Brothers White Dress

Footwear

Imagine wearing leather boots when it’s 35 degrees outside…No thanks. When it’s hot and stuffy, especially in tropical climates, it’s all about making sure you get enough ventilation. So, leave your trainers at home and get some fabulous sandals. Not only are they subtle, cute, and multi-purpose, but they keep your feet nice and cool. Plus, they look great with maxi dresses, shorts, or even light summer trousers. These gorgeous summer sandals, with a fun and playful floral pattern, are perfect for a day out at the beach or a casual evening in. Say goodbye to sweaty feet – these sandals are lightweight, fashionable, and ideal for adding variation to you outfits. And they hardly take up any space in a suitcase. Perfect for a holiday, if you ask me.

Accessories

Sunglasses are lifesavers when it comes to hot climates that receive plenty of sun Not only do they protect your eyes from the sun, but they also tie a look together. For instance, try combining a white top and comfortable Robell trousers with a cute pair of Powder sunglasses. A simple, but playful and elegant statement full of subtle details. Sunglasses even serve a purpose when you’re inside, as you can use them to keep your hair out of your face (and out of mind).

If you know you are going to be in direct sunlight for most of the day, then consider investing in a wide-brimmed hat. They are lightweight, breathable and great for keeping the sun off your face and shoulders. Perfect to dress up your outfits in summer and always guaranteed to keep you looking and feeling cooler in the hot weather. Plus, they just add that classy factor when combined with a fancy evening dress or a summer skirt!

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Aagh!! What’s the dress code for Wimbledon, Ascot, Glyndebourne..?

If you are going to any of the big society events such as Glyndebourne, Wimbledon, Ascot, Henley etc and you need help, do not worry. Desist from stress. We have rifled the Colmers Hill Fashion rails so you don’t have to. You can look fashionable, whatever the occasion, whatever the weather. There’s no need to sacrifice your comfort by freezing, boiling or being uncomfortable all day.

In short, whatever the ‘appropriate attire’ or dress code, ladies, we can work it to our advantage!

And she’s off! Outfit ideas for Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot is a fashion event. Forget about the horses. The enclosure you go to dictates how much you should dress up. Warning: this is not dressing up in a humorous way. The website clearly states ‘fancy dress and replica sports shirts are not permitted’.  Oh right, we’re not going then …

Smart, fashionable trousers are ideal for the turf. Steer clear of linens that turn you into a crumpled paper bag by lunchtime. Our deck trousers can be worn capri style with pretty flats or full length with a heel, depending on your height. The stretch keeps you comfortable and holds its shape all day. The cut is very flattering madam. Choose from lovely summery colours – aqua, hot pink or dusky pink or play it cool with black. Wear with a Darling top, for example the Dion pearl trimmed top or Dottie jacket with its beautiful embellished buttons.

Darling Dion Top in ivory available at Colmers Hill Fashion
The pretty Darling Dion Top with pearls detailing on its tiered hemline
Darling Dottie Jacket in white worn with the Darling Marion Dress in Navy available at Colmers Hill Fashion
Darling Dottie Jacket worn with the Darling Marion Dress available at Colmers Hill Fashion

If you need to wear a hat, a dress and jacket are a good team. Our Eucalyptus tea dresses such as the Rosa navy floral are gorgeous prints in styles that flatter all ages. Team with heels or flats, with a pretty Out of Xile vintage tulle edge cardi. They are great for any formal occasion and happily dress down with a denim jacket on another day. Our favourite milliner Fiona Baker makes headpieces to order which will slip into a small bag if the weather turns iffy.

The Rosa is floaty chiffon tea dress by Eucalyptus with pretty cap sleeves and a contrasting tie belt available at Colmers Hill Fashion
The Rosa is floaty chiffon tea dress by Eucalyptus with pretty cap sleeves and a contrasting tie belt

It’s your advantage: what to wear at Wimbledon

Wimbledon is more smart casual but it’s a challenge for spectators, not just the players. When you’re seated for long stretches, swivelling your head from side to side, you need to be comfortable. And if you plan to be on the Centre Court, or TV, you need to look good.

Spectators are sitting ducks if it gets really hot or cold, so a longer skirt or a print culotte such as our Darling Hilda culottes are practical. Wear with flat ballerinas or a heeled sandal.  Layer your top half to give you options if the weather changes: the simple ivory Darling Quinn top and a cute Friday on My Mind honeycombe cardi will be perfect. Take a big statement tote to keep your day’s clobber in. Alternatively, check out Myrine’s Anna floral tunic or Amele maxi dress – super comfortable and sooo pretty!

Myrine Amele Ankle Dress with pretty floral print available at Colmers Hill Fashion
Myrine Amele Ankle Dress with pretty floral print
The pretty cotton Myrine Beth Dress with its crossover straps on the back available at Colmers Hill Fashion
The pretty cotton Myrine Beth Dress with its crossover straps on the back

Fortissimo belissimo: look gorgeous at Glyndebourne

If you’re going to the festival at Glyndebourne, full evening dress is The Thing. Enter stage right Out of Xile. Their lovely dress and coat combinations will really make you look and feel the part.

Out of Xile Reversible Dress in Marine Blue from Colmers Hill Fashion
This is a clever reversible Out of Xile dress so you can have a totally different look for two different occasions.

Out of Xile’s outfits are superbly cut and the fabrics have a beautiful evening-y subtle sheen. A dress and coat in their uniquely dyed fabrics are the most versatile combination and will keep you warm. There’s no need to spoil the whole effect with a massive puffa – take a Luella cashmere wrap/poncho instead. Great jewellery and an Owen Barry metallic clutch will finish off the outfit perfectly.

Va va voom: glorious Goodwood style

Go faster with our range of retro dresses which are perfect for Goodwood. Polka dots, florals, geometric designs: take your pick. Our new Collectif dresses in black or red spot or red cherries are real show-stoppers. The Eucalyptus Gillian dress is a beautiful modern vintage design in a subtle shade of blue or make a statement with the stunning Lily May dress in red and white floral. Alternatively, if you want to channel your inner Avenger, Desigual’s Hello dress is the bomb.

The retro style Eucalyptus Lily May Winter Rose Dress available at Colmers Hill Fashion
The retro styled Eucalyptus Lily May Winter Rose Dress

 

To keep your look authentic, make sure to choose retro style accessories such as a pretty Josephine hat in natural and blue linen with silk roses.

If you are going to any society events, we hope you have a great time. If we can be of any more help do email usfind us on Facebook or call 01308 426517.

One to one service and styling advice come as standard, for all our customers at Colmers Hill 🙂

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