How to survive London this summer
We’ve all been here before at some point or another, but that “It’s the humidity!” classic look has no place in the workplace or on the streets of London. Summer is well and truly upon us, and with that comes the well-known “mugginess” of London town. It’s hot, we’re bothered and don’t even try to talk to us about the underground during these months. So, here are a couple of fashion and lifestyle tiplets to get you through those slightly more “moist” (shudder) days in The Big Smoke.
First and foremost, keep your fashion choices light and airy. Something we’ve been seeing a lot more of are these delightful sleeveless tuxedo blazers. They keep it formal and professional, whilst adding just a hint of summer fun. Pair one of these beauties with a sheer and light-weight sleeveless blouse and you will remain cool and crisp for the whole day!
Next on your shopping list are the following: salt spray and a bottle of water. The latter seems remarkably obvious, but you’d be surprised at the number of people legging it for trains left panting and sweating like a marathon runner. Not attractive. So grab a bottle of water, keep refilling and keep drinking because, as we all know, dehydration and sweat can play havoc with your skin, health and make-up. Now the salt spray is a great trick for those with lengthy tresses and this is our favourite, the cheap and cheerful Beach Matt Spray from Schwarzkopf. After that sweaty journey from one end of London to the other, it’s the perfect way to freshen up without your hair going lank from just plain water. The spray gives your hair a subtle texture and volume, banishing sweaty roots and it’s lovely and cool.
Finally, depending on your geographical situation, we suggest walking to work. Yes, this is more exercise than hopping on the tube, but at rush hour the streets are still negotiable, whereas the underground train carriages are essentially glorified sardine tins. Above ground there is at least the chance for a bit of a breeze and fresh air (to an extent… it is still London after all) to keep you mildly composed before and after work. It’s always best to carry a mini deodorant with you too… the heat is unforgiving and has the capacity to have us worrying all day! The compressed ones are pretty great, fulfilling their small yet powerful promise!
So good luck Londoners, don’t let your style and composure go to pieces just because of a bit of glorious weather!