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THE SUMMER COAT EDIT

The key piece for spring/summer 2014? A clever cover-up. From luxe leather gilets to ladylike cocoon coats, this is how to beat the unpredictable British weather in style, says Charlene Barton.

URBAN SLEEK: SPORTY TAILORING WINS THE SARTORIAL RACE

Summer workwear doesn’t have to mean stiff, starchy collars and restrictive layering. Take your cue from the catwalks and cast off drab office outfits with this season’s fresh take on city dressing. Lacoste, Antipodium and Victoria Beckham have it sewn up.

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ON THE DOT
Take your office look full-circle with a classic polka-dot blouse and pencil skirt.

 ATHLETIC AESTHETIC
Shake off any spring shower with a sleek overcoat and sporting accessories.

IN THE BAG
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ZIP IT
Finish off your look with metallic detailing, from exposed zips to studs.

SOFT FOCUS: A LESS IS MORE APPROACH IS FRESH AND FEMININE

Ladylike glamour has taken an understated turn for summer. Expect clean lines with little-to-no embellishment, combined with a demure yet dreamy colour palette for subtle decoration. Think prim, proper and ultra elegant.

MINTY FRESH

Set off a shimmering sequin dress with a minimalist cocoon coat for a feminine ensemble perfect for summer parties.

GREAT LENGTHS
Match your hemlines for a seamless transition into the season ahead.

TRUE BLUE
If last season was about the pink coat, we’re nominating blue as the next front-runner.

STAR BUY
A coat that suits all dress codes: this simple design is perfect for day or night.

SHORT STORY: BOMBER JACKETS AND BIKERS REIGN SUPREME.

Biker and varsity jackets have been given a new injection of vitality. Designers have stepped away from the traditional to showcase a lighter, more feminine perspective that’s perfect for weekends.

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CREAM OF THE CROP
Midriffs are having a moment – think subtle, though, to keep your look sophisticated.

Photos: Eric Frideen / Stylist: Niki Brodie / Hair: Jonathan Malone / Carol Hayes /
Make-up: Gina K / Caren / Models: Li Wei / Premier, Tanya R / Models 1

OPEN UP
Wear your jacket loose and unfastened for an air of effortless nonchalance.

SUMMER IN BLOOM
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SHORT AND SWEET

Think outside the denim box on weekends and team a pure-white biker with a vibrant skirt.

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