“Whether you’re going on holiday abroad or planning a sunny staycation in the UK, summer dressing can be hard,” says Erica. “As Brits, we’re not entirely adept at dealing with high temperatures. Our sense of style can go awry in the heat – we often end up packing pieces that are too fussy, hot, or in contrast, not warm enough!
“After many years of packing for holidays and getting it wrong, I’ve finally hit upon my personal summer wardrobe strategy – and that’s to keep it simple.
“For me, the easiest way to look chic and feel pulled together is to stick to a simple colour palette. Black and white, cream and navy, blush pink and taupe – whatever your choice, you’ll be able to mix and match print, patterns and block shades in a variety of stylish ensembles.
“This summer, as always, I’m a huge fan of crisp blue and white. The good news is, you’ll be spoilt for choice, whether you’re going for a more Parisian vibe or classic nautical look. I love this tie-detail top
(left and bottom right), which I’ve teamed with a cute ruffle wrap skirt – the perfect holiday piece. It works with so many options, from a slogan tee and sliders to a boho blouse and espadrilles.
“Another holiday essential is a throw-on-and-go dress that can be styled up or down depending on the activity. This black broderie style (bottom left) is perfect. A gorgeous length and flattering shape, it could be worn with sandals to a beachside café or teamed with heels at night. I even added double lace with the white per una tassel-tie jacket, which is ideal for cool evenings or if you’re not keen on showing off your arms but don’t want anything too heavy.
“The great thing about keeping your summer look pared back is that you can add interest with your accessories. I love anything with a pompom, tassel or a bold shade like these yellow sandals (below left).
“Wherever your destination, just remember to keep it simple. Opt for cool, sophisticated separates, but don’t forget to have a little fun with it, too.”