One of the hardest things about summer fashion is getting your basics right. Although I’m a big fan of florals and bold prints, basics shouldn’t be overlooked. Worn alone with denim or layered under open shirts, having a roster of well-made, dependable staples in the summer is a must - but, alas, can be a total minefield. What might work fine in winter leaves you a sweaty mess when the sun decides to make an appearance, while pieces that remained hidden under jumpers are apparently way more see-through than you ever realised when temperatures peak. Instead, plenty of us seek out light cotton, poplin and linens to get as much waft going as possible. But for those standalone basics and lightweight layers that lie slick against your skin, there’s a solution that you’ll be very thankful for this summer: AIRism. What is that, I hear you ask? It’s Uniqlo’s patented fabric technology, designed so you can wear your favourite hot-weather garments with confidence.
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Uniqlo’s AIRism Range Is The Gold Standard For Summer Basics
Summer basics needn’t be basic - say hello to these chic and seasonally appropriate separates from Uniqlo, engineered to keep you cool in the heat.
Uniqlo is a superstar for quality basics at the best of times, but in the summer months – and beyond – their AIRism separates are a cut above thanks to its lightweight, breathable and quick-drying technology. With a layer of AIRism in between your skin and your favourite cotton shirt or silk dress, heat and moisture will be released while the material adapts to any weather condition. The fabric’s smooth, lustrous finish feels great against skin while sweat wicking performance ensures you remain cool, dry and comfortable no matter the challenges you face in your day-to-day. It goes without saying that we won't be looking anywhere else for the essentials this season.
From tank tops – including a white one that isn't see through, hurrah! - to sweat-wicking leggings, t-shirts and even period pants – summer basic shopping has never been easier. But with a collection brimming with cooling basics, you’ll need a little direction on the pieces to shop first. Scroll on the discover our edit below.
The Ultimate White Vest
A white cami that doesn’t look totally transparent on a hot day? Well, we’ve found a winner. Everyone needs a classic white vest in their summer wardrobes, which is why this AIRism one is at the top of our favourite basics this season. It comes with an invisible bra built in for extra support, with no visible lines or bumps. Wear with blue boyfriend jeans for a timeless summer get up.
The Essential Everyday Leggings
Comfy yet functional, the unique fabric boasts of incredible stretch and fit – perfect for everyday comfort while exploring in the sun, or great for your spin class. Wear with a boat neck tee or cropped vest when you’re gymming it, or a dressy smocking top for drinks with pals.
The Coolest Oversized Tee
Breezy and lightweight with a unique matte texture and longer length, this boat neck tee is ideal for balmy summer days. Whether you’ve been to the gym and you’re now heading out for a quick coffee with friends, this t-shirt is laid-back enough for your pilates class and chic enough for daily errands.
The Eco Sanitarywear
Periods don’t just stop because the sun decides to shine, which is why investing in a few pairs of period pants should be on your wardrobe basic to-buy list this summer. With an absorbent 3-layer construction and a waterproof layer for complete confidence – the Uniqlo AIRism period pants are a must-have (especially in the seriously cute lilac).