At the risk of sounding a tad dramatic, summer temperatures in Dubai – hovering around 40°C and rising fast – require drastic measures when it comes to style. But we’re here to simplify the situation with one word: white. One glance at street style the world over, and you’ll see that fashion girls everywhere turn to all-white ensembles to get them through the day.
The reason behind this? In direct sunlight, white clothing reflects heat, while dark clothing absorbs it, which means head-to-toe white outfits are physically superior when it comes to keeping cool. In Savoir Flair’s street-style edit, we reveal a closer look at 33 outfits that can act as a template for styling your summer looks – regardless of how hot it gets.
Elaine Welteroth and Aurora James demonstrate that all-white ensembles even work for gala affairs.
Lightweight fabrics and clean white sneakers make this outfit a breezy and sporty choice for summer.
A sheer white dress offers the ultimate summer look, and there are plenty of options with strategically placed opaque paneling to keep modesty in check.
Pair a collared dress with asymmetrical button details for a relaxed, weekend-worthy look.
A chic tennis skirt allows for air circulation, so make sure you stock up on all-white skirts in order to keep from overheating this summer.
Yes, it’s totally possible to look professional and polished (and cool) at the office while wearing shorts. Simply opt for a tailored pair in a modest length and wear with a button-up or tee – in all-white, of course.
A white suit can become a sensual style choice when worn without a shirt or camisole underneath.
If all-white feels a little too plain for you, reach for a floral or tropical pattern in order to elevate the summertime feel of your look.
This tomboyish look is both casual and professional, while the graphic clutch helps bring life to the all-white palette.
A functional two-piece look like this one is especially versatile. Style with sandals and sunnies for a weekend vibe, or toss on a blazer or lightweight cardigan for an evening look.
For scorching days that demand high performance in the boardroom, opt for a tailored all-white suit with neutral accessories.
This is the perfect look when you’re in dire need of ventilation. Shredded jeans and a stylish white T-shirt will help you maintain cool temperatures during the heatwave.
Oversized proportions mean this suit will keep you cool even on the hottest nights.
When you need to be taken seriously, a tailored pair of high-waisted trousers, a button-up, and a jacket worn “editor style” (read: tossed over your shoulders) is always a wise choice.
A cropped tee and a fitted fringe skirt are amplified when paired with ultra-chic accessories.
Yes, you can rock a two-piece ensemble and still look sophisticated and feminine. The trick is in employing the right fabric and embellishments. This look strikes a balance between sultry and chic, plus it’s as lightweight as it gets.
Change the tonal appearance of your outfit by pitting a white tee against an off-white slipdress. It’s an easy way to enhance the style quotient of your look while staying true to the coolest color to wear during hot summer days.
Snag a fantastic sundowner look in breathable fabrics like linen or cotton for a weekend staycation or a desert excursion.
The ultimate cool-down ensemble is all about proportions – namely a spaghetti-strap top and cropped trousers.
Summer style means bringing brightly colored accessories into the mix to enhance the look of your all-white outfit.
Ventilate your overheated body with a boxy cropped top and flowy, loose pants.
Take your white outfit from twee and girly to tough and tomboyish with a pair of combat boots.
For a more fashion-forward spin on the all-white ensemble, try tapered trousers and a cropped top with kimono sleeves.
A polished, work-appropriate look can be achieved with the simple addition of contrasting accessories.
Nothing could be simpler than a loose white dress and, when paired with colorful accessories, it makes a strong statement for summer.
For a look that works at the office, on vacation, or about town, simple separates and feminine accessories do the trick.
Different tones of white can be tricky to pull off, but an oat-colored sleeveless top and bright white pants manage to look quite sophisticated with brown leather accessories as the tie-in.
Alternatively, matching your bright whites together holds timeless appeal that defies trends and always looks chic.
If you’re heading to a wedding in the heat and don’t want to upstage the bride on her special day, an embroidered white prairie dress is a surefire hit.
Tomboys can wear white, too! Choose an oversized, boxy silhouette and clean white sneakers for the ultimate heat-proof look.
A simple blouse, layered necklaces, and loose-fit trousers assure a sweat-free stroll about town.