Featuring natural, breathable fabrics like silk and linen and loose-fitting silhouettes, here are five summer outfits to help you survive the Hong Kong heat.
Temperatures keep rising and the humidity levels are as high as ever — that’s right, Hong Kong summer is here! Getting dressed to stay cool can be a task, which is why we’ve put together five outfit ideas to keep you looking and feeling your best in the unforgiving city heat all summer long. Think natural and breathable fibres like silk and linen, effortless, loose-fitting silhouettes, UV-protecting pieces and sweat-proof accessories. Here are five Hong Kong summer outfits to wear when it’s hot out.
What To Wear For A Junk, Pool Or Beach Day
It’s always a good idea to stay near water during summer in Hong Kong, whether by chilling on a sandy beach, relaxing poolside or cruising on a junk boat. Whatever you pick, here’s the perfect breezy look to relax and take a dip in!
Sun damage is no joke! Be sure to wear a wide-brim hat, good quality sunscreen (don’t forget to re-apply!) and sunglasses. If you tend to misplace your sunnies, we love this affordable pair from Cotton On — stylish without breaking the bank.
And elevate your swimsuit with the right cover-up. This will help protect your skin from the sun and also allow you to go straight from the water to the bar with little effort.
“Junk, Pool Or Beach Day” — Look 1 Pieces
What To Wear To The Office In Summer
Arrive to work looking crisp and stylish in these tailored picks. For an effortless and modern look, we love layering luxurious textures like linen, soft modal and 100 percent organic cotton at the office — perfect if we couldn’t get away for a holiday this summer. Accessorise with sweatproof real jewellery, to prevent any green tarnish on skin or clothes (which you can risk in Hong Kong humidity!)
We love an open-collared shirt, slightly tucked in, instead of a blazer for a cooler feel that remains professional. Folding the cuff up is also a great way to style an oversized top.
“Summer Workwear” — Look 2 Pieces
What To Wear On A Night Out In Summer
Whether it’s a date night, a girl’s dinner or even a special occasion like a wedding — every celebration is a perfect excuse to get dressed up! Less is so much more with this look. To stop your silk satin from clinging to your body, make sure to moisturise to stop that annoying static from accumulating. If that doesn’t work, spray your legs with hair spray!
This is also the perfect dress and excuse to not wear a bra. If you’re looking for some coverage, allow us to point you towards nipple covers in your skin tone or “Hollywood” fashion tape to prevent any wardrobe malfunctions. Seamless skin-tone underwear is also the perfect pairing for a sleek look.
“Summer Night Out” — Look 3 Pieces
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What To Wear On A Casual Summer Weekend
Keep it cool and breezy on the weekend. Breathable natural fibres will be your go-to, so you stay comfortable in the summer heat, as sweat will easily escape and evaporate from the body (plus, you’ll sweat less!).
Viscose is a man-made fibre made from wood pulp that behaves like a natural fibre. It’s often cheaper and sometimes more sustainable than cotton. When washing it tends to shrink but will go back to its original size when steamed.
Sassy Tip: After washing, hang your dress up in the bathroom while you are taking a shower. There’ll be no need to iron and it’ll fit and look flawless every time!
“Casual Summer Weekend” — Look 4 Pieces
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What To Wear Practically Anywhere In Summer
Maybe you’re off to a yoga class, heading out on a hike, going to the gym or running errands — look good as you’re moving around anytime, anywhere! Light layers and colours are key to pulling this one off.
“Moving Around Town” — Look 5 Pieces
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Editor’s Note: “What To Wear When It’s Hot Outside: 5 Outfit Ideas To Try Now” was originally published by Jess Ng and most recently updated in June 2023 by Amanda Leigh Wong.