1. Dress, $49.90, from Zara
Featuring a gauzy material in vibrant red, this ruffled dress is the perfect companion for those sweltering days. To dress it up more, layer it over a white t-shirt or pack a denim jacket with you for when it gets cold in the malls.
2. Dress, $67, from Mango
Summer dresses don’t always have to look like they belong at a beach. You can still stay cool in a cotton shirt dress, like this floral-and-striped number from Mango. When going to the office, pair this with a pair of white heels and simple, subtle gold jewellery to complete your look.
3. Dress, $64, from Pomelo
Lace is a great fabric for keeping your cool, because the little gaps in the fabric helps to ventilate your body when it gets swelteringly hot outside. Plus, this lace mini looks super sweet when you wear it on the weekends with a pair of pointy flats.
4. Dress, $59.90, from Zara
Punch up your look with a fun, floral dress in a bright marigold colour. Bonus: the dress has a trapeze cut, which is great because it doesn’t cling to your body.
5. Dress, $45, from The Editor's Market
Featuring an artsy pattern, this simple midi-length shift dress comes in three colourways. Our favourite is this mint-and-white number, which goes well with your office accessories and your weekend gear as well.
6. Dress, $29.90, from Uniqlo
Satisfy your quirky side with a polka-dotted dress! If an all-over polka dot print is too strong for you, try to break it up with a black belt, and scale back on the rest of your accessories.
7. Dress, $89.90, from Topshop
Channel your inner surfer queen with a tie-dye slip dress. Given that this is the underdog trend of the season, we understand your reservations when it comes to wearing tie-dye, and we’re here to help. The key is to pull back on everything else, and let your dress truly shine. This means picking minimalist accessories, pulling back on your makeup and opting for simpler shoes instead.
8. Dress, $94.90, from Marks & Spencer
An off-shouldered summer dress gets a zesty update with the help of a fun lemon-y print. Plus, given how lightweight the fabric is, you can totally wear this on a sunny day without worrying about feeling sweaty.
9. Dress, $74.95, from H&M
The overlapping front ensures that no matter how small the breeze may be, you’ll always feel ventilated inside. Plus, the pretty embroidery details certainly lift this look up, without overdoing it.
10. Dress, $67, from Mango
Beat the heat with a white halterneck dress. White is a great colour option because it helps deflect natural heat, and the halterneck gives you more ease without skimping on looking polished.
11. Dress, $54.95, from H&M
A pleated dress is your secret weapon to staying cool, because the fabric won’t cling to your body and trap heat. Plus, pleated dresses automatically look more dressed up, so you don’t have to put in so much thought when you’re dressing up.