It’s always hot in Singapore but the mid-year temperatures tend to loom higher than other months, which means more effort is needed to dress cool (and not like a sweaty disaster).  From choosing the appropriate fabric to climate appropriate silhouettes, we have the best summer fashion tips that’ll keep you looking hot – and not feeling hot – this season. 

#1: Natural Fabrics Are Your Best Friends 

Cotton dress, $59.90, Zara

Opt for cotton and linen clothes when you’re summer outfit shopping. These natural fibres are lightweight and more breathable than materials like polyester and rayon. They allow air to circulate – leaving you feeling cool and looking chic. 

#2: Go for Unlined Clothing

Eres linen dress, USD$2,847 (SG$3,800), www.net-a-porter.com

While jackets, dresses and skirts might make real cute summer looks, go for the ones without linings in them. Linings are usually made of synthetic materials that tend to stick to the skin when you sweat — save yourself the trouble. 

#3: Cover Up 

Linen jumpsuit, $69.90, Stradivarius

While it might seem like the best idea to wear less clothes and show more skin in the summer, don’t forget to protect your skin. Direct sunlight can damage skin and raise body temperature too. Go for longer longer pieces like light weight maxi dresses and jumpsuits that’ll cover more skin instead.

#4: Stick To Light Colours

Marysia cotton dress, $1,028, www.farfetch.com

Light colours like pastels, creams and whites dispel heat instead of absorbing it. Our tip: Keep light-colours stylish and edgy by pairing it with a tone-on-tone look.

#5: Loose Fits

Polyester trousers, $89.90, Topshop

Opt for fits that don’t cling or touch your body, they’ll make you feel more comfortable. We’d stick to wide-leg pants and maxi dresses. 

#6: Double Up On Protection

Cellulose paste hat, $55.90, Zara

Go for accessories that’ll offer UV-protection and tie your outfit together. Wide floppy hats will keep the rays at bay when you’re getting too much sun, a light-weight scarf could be thrown over your shoulders if you need to cover up and shades will protect your eyes from the glaring sunshine.

#7: Ditch Your Tote For A Cross-body 

Bamboo cross-body bag, $89.90, Mango

A heavy backpack or tote, isn’t only uncomfortable, but lugging it around could make you even more sweaty. Take this opportunity to clean out your bag and pack light into a cross body. Bonus: You’ll be hands-free. 

#8: Go For Structured Pieces 

Cotton dress, $45.90, Pull & Bear

While you should look out for light weight clothing, don’t settle for flimsy fabrics that’ll stick to the skin— it’s the worst feeling, especially when you’re sweaty. Instead, opt for clothes with a boxier structure to prevent this. 

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