The big mistake people make when dressing for warm weather is that they don't dress for the warm weather – they dress as if they are on holiday.
Hence the all too common sight of raggedy hems on long boho dresses being dragged along high street pavements and G-string bikinis in the park. This is not summer dressing – this is Magaluf dressing. Unless you're in Magaluf, don't do that. For the rest of us, here are the rules.
1. You are hot, bothered and sweaty, so keep your clothes simple.
2. Simple means wearing classic styles as opposed to clothes with annoying fiddly bits, such as tassles, which only get dirty, and flappy collars that rub on your sweaty skin and give you a rash. Simple styles, by contrast, include:
3. Tea dresses, but you have to look hard to find one that isn't too Boden. A good tea dress should end just on the knee, have a defined waist, and sleeves that stop above the elbow.
4. Polo shirt dresses are great, too. You can get them at American Apparel, Lacoste and Le Petit Bateau in the adult section, unless you're a baby, in which case you should shop in the baby section (and congratulations on your precocious reading skills).
5. The unfortunately named peasant dress can be great, but don't get one that is weighed down with too much embroidery and Monsoon-style shards of mirror. You are aiming for light and breezy, remember. Milly is great for these, as is Topshop.
6. Dark colours in the summer are depressing. And hot.
7. Shorts are awesome but do a back-view check before buying them.
8. Watch out for sleeves that are too tight and ride up into your armpits. You have made this mistake before. Do yourself a favour and don't make it again.
9. Spaghetti straps are the devil's work. The only thing you should wear that has spaghetti straps is a bra.
10. Yes, you do need to wear a bra in the summer.
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