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Keep your cool when the heat is on with these wilt-proof outfit ideas from the ever-stylish M&S Insiders, including leopard-print tops and effortless T-shirt dresses

Joy-sparking summer tops

What could be easier on a hot day than an airy summer blouse with a fun print to match your mood? Whether you pair it with denim shorts, wear it knotted at the waist with linen trousers, or unbuttoned over swimwear as a versatile cover-up, consider the holiday shirt your warm weather go-to.

“I’m making the most of the sunshine in this leopard-print pop-over blouse, which I’ve styled with linen shorts, a cross-body bag… and an ice cream, of course.” @marksandspencer_sophie

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Women’s leopard-print pop-over top
Add roar power to your summer line-up
Women’s lilac linen puff-sleeve blouse
Puff sleeves are hot news this season
Women’s floral-print pop-over blouse
Pop-over blouses = effortless dressing
Women’s yellow linen short-sleeve top
Time to embrace sunshine shades

Earn your style stripes with a T-shirt dress

Hot, sticky days call for loose, unrestrictive silhouettes, like a relaxed-fit T-shirt dress. Equally suited to the city and the beach, all you need is a pair of chunky sandals to ground the look. Oversized shades add the finishing touch.

“Here’s my easy go-to on lazy days – a striped T-shirt dress made from soft, pure-cotton jersey. It’s cut to a relaxed fit in a breezy mini length and has a ribbed neckline, which adds a neat finish.” @marksandspencer_sam

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Women’s blue and white striped T-shirt dress
Take your pick from two lengths
Women’s beige striped T-shirt dress
Features a flattering fit-and-flare shape
Women’s red and white striped T-shirt dress
A dress that likes to be beside the seaside
Women’s light grey modal T-shirt dress
Made from soft and lightweight modal

Walk on the wild side with animal print

When the mercury rises, so do the style stakes. Take your look up a notch with eye-catching patterns, bold colour and statement accessories to embrace the holiday-at-home vibe. Animal print is the Insiders’ top choice this season.

“This plissé animal-print skirt is a new find. It sits on the waist with a flattering A-line shape and the midaxi length ensures you can wear it with trainers, sandals or heels to dress it up or down. As an added bonus, it has an elasticated waistband for all-day comfort.” @marksandspencer_nicola

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Women’s leopard-print midi skirt
Steal Nicola’s style with this plissé skirt
Women’s zebra print T-shirt dress
Mix things up with graphic zebra stripes
Grey leopard-print jersey skirt
Keep things comfy with a jersey skirt
Women’s silk leopard-print dress
Invest in this timeless Jaeger silk dress

Stock up on essential tank tops

Every summer wardrobe (or holiday capsule) requires a handful of good-quality camis for styling with floaty skirts, shorts and even jeans for evening social events. Replenish the basics (black, white, navy) and then add some micro prints to keep things interesting.

This top is an absolute bargain at £5.50.” @marksandspencer_sophie

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Women’s black printed vest top
A style steal, in recycled polyester
Women’s black linen cami top
Reach for pure linen on hot days
Women’s light-blue cotton vest top
A pretty top with pin-tuck detailing
Women’s floral print strappy top
Floral print with a lace-insert neckline

Words: Dulcie Emerson

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