As 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 22 outfits that can act as a template for styling your summer looks – regardless of how hot it gets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The ultimate cool-down ensemble is all about proportions – namely a spaghetti-strap top and cropped trousers.
Ventilate your overheated body with a boxy cropped top and flowy, loose pants.
For a more fashion-forward spin on the all-white ensemble, try tapered trousers and a cropped top with kimono sleeves.
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.