You may be prepared for the searing Omani sun, but is your wardrobe?
Scorched skin, sticky clothes and an urgent need to de-layer – the heatwave is here, people. While the thought of being without air conditioning for even a second may seen scary, there are plenty of reasons to keep the summer mood alive, even when it’s supposed to be spring.
As temperatures soar, say goodbye to all things synthetic and hello to natural fabrics such as cotton and linen. Keep silhouettes loose and the colours light enough to reflect rather than absorb sunlight. A palette of white, cream and ecru is über fashionable at the moment, especially when teamed with Roman sandals and gold jewellery. Embrace texture and take inspiration from Isabel Marant’s latest collection of wrap skirts, raw-edged jackets and waist-tied trousers in desert shades. Of course, loose layers are never as simple as they look on the catwalks – especially when the heat is on. My advice? Build up from a pair of cotton palazzo pants and add minimalist metallic accessories for impact. Alternatively, keep it simple with a shirt dress or a little lace or embroidered number for added prettiness.
The safest accessory this season, as I keep telling you, has a 70s vibe – which means big, floppy hats, fringing and tan leather – perfect with sun-kissed limbs. Enjoy!
Made in Italy using eco-friendly materials, Stella McCartney’s acetate sunglasses are detailed with polished silver metal trims and dark grey lenses. The flat cut of the frames prevents this oversized pair from feeling weighty. From RO119 at Net-a-Porter
Philip Treacy punctuates this classic straw sunhat with a studded black leather trim. Meticulously handcrafted in Europe, the oversized brim has a structured edge to ensure it holds its shape. Wear yours to the beach or when touring the Interiors. From RO510. On a budget? No worries, you’ll find many purse-friendly versions in the mall
This H&M shirt dress nods to this season’s 70s vibe. Style yours with bare legs or layered over skinny pants. From RO17 online
Gladiator-style sandals are a contemporary warm-weather staple and these Mango ones are bang on trend. Wear yours with midi dresses for daytime events. From RO12
Refresh your summer wardrobe with Zara’s pretty white dress. Intricately crafted from lace, this style has an antique feel. Wear it off-duty with tan accessories. Gorgeous! From RO40
Penny’s top tips to survive the heat:
1. Some people prefer to shed their clothes in the heat, but keep your cool – and your modesty – with long, loose clothes in natural materials. A longer length kaftan does the job perfectly. Just add a pair of gladiators and rock this season’s boho trend.
2. Technology is a fine thing, especially when it creates clothes that keep you up to 20 per cent cooler. T-shirts with specialist fibres and cooling discs are getting cheaper and more commonplace, so keep an eye out for them in Muscat’s malls.
3. Alternatively, there’s the low-tech alternative of water. All you have to do is simply soak a pair of socks in cold water or else drench a hair band. The water will keep you cool as it slowly evaporates.