Clothes to help you keep cool in the summer

Is your wardrobe void of summerwear, or are you struggling to find plus-size options fit for the heat? Don't sweat it! These practical but fashionable items come recommended by Mumsnetters

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Lightweight dresses and skirts are a summer staple - and loose-fitting numbers like these look great over leggings if you don't want to bare all. 


New Look Plus button through denim shirt dress, £24.99

"I love this dress. Ideal for pear-shapes, and the school run."

Gap marled midi skirt, £9.99

"Gap always have lovely cotton skirts."


ASOS CURVE tiered smock dress, £20

"I bought a couple of dresses last year that are cotton, loose-fitting and cover shoulders. They're so much comfier than tight, strappy tops in the heat."


New Look navy abstract stripe maxi dress, £29.99

"Maxi dresses are a gift from the Gods."

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Sloggi basic long briefs, from £12

"For wearing skirts with bare legs in really hot, sweaty weather, I cannot recommend Sloggi bike-short style cotton knickers enough. They are HIDEOUS but completely remove the risk of thigh rub. I have skipped through the height of a sweaty and humid summer in NYC in a lovely frock and these things without a hint of chafing."


Bandalettes, from £4.99

"Honestly, try Bandelettes - best money I ever spent (just make sure you measure accurately to get the right size). It means your bits can breathe, and they stay put all day."

You can't beat a perfect pair of shorts 

If you want to embrace the rare chance to get some sun on your pins, then shorts (whatever their length) are easy to wear with a simple, colourful T-shirt.


M&S slim-fit Sculpt & Lift denim shorts, £25

"I tend to spend the summer in shorts - they have to be short-shorts, though, since the legs tend to ride up in the middle if they are mid-thigh length."

Banana Republic boy-fit Bermuda shorts, from £19.99

"Longer-length shorts are cute, and the Banana Republic ones really suit me."

Keep covered but cool in stylish trousers

With the right material, you can be just as comfortable in trousers as you are in shorts - and the paler the hue, the less heat they will absorb.


Hush long harem trousers, £49.50

"I wear a lot of harem pants. They're nice and airy around the legs on hot days. I try to stay away from the heavily patterned ones as I can't get over the feeling I'm going out in my pyjamas - otherwise, they tick all the boxes."

ASOS Curve Ridley skinny jeans in petal pink, £30

"For those days when it starts off cool and gets warmer, coloured jeans are perfect."


M&S linen trousers, from £9

"I wear linen trousers with a proper waistband and fastenings."

Elegance 3/4 leggings, from £3.08

"I think capri leggings look great on generous figures - they give your legs a lovely shape."

And to top it all off...

You don't have to go with spaghetti straps or boob tubes to keep cool. These tops are lightweight and breathable - and infinitely more classy than something tight.  


Boden casual linen tunic, £70

"I wear leggings and tunics in the summer for work - smart Bodeny ones. Tunics must be worn long, though, none of those hip-grazing ones."

George at Asda V-neck T-shirt, £3

"I find George at Asda tops really good for summer. There' some great swing ones that hide a belly are usually sleeveless, and basic T-shirts - with the little pocket on the chest - which are a really great fit if you go up a size, as it's a slouchy material so doesn't cling."

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