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Instagram star Erica Davies shares her favourite sunshine-ready outfits, featuring a warm palette of gold, terracotta and khaki

Sunny side up

Over the years, and with a lot of practice, I have honed the styles and colours of clothes I want to wear throughout the warmer months. And to this day, the hues that have always appealed most are rich, earthy tones of rust, ochre, sand and khaki.

For me, they instantly conjure up images of hot weather and natural landscapes, and – seeing as the shades all work beautifully together – they can form the basis of the perfect summer wardrobe. Think slouchy khaki trousers paired with a simple mustard linen camisole, or a cream linen blazer worn over a deep rust cotton dress.

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Nail the utility-chic trend with this jacket
A pretty pure linen camisole
Easy-breezy summer trousers
Style meets 100% UV protection

Keep things interesting

It’s easy to mix and match when wearing pieces in similar shades, so don’t be afraid of clashing prints. Animal prints work really well in earth tones, so this shirt dress in a rust tiger print is perfect. The linen fabric is structured so feels smart and sophisticated. For maximum impact, team with an accessory in another tonal animal print.

I love this Per Una blouse. However, rather than wear it buttoned up, I tried knotting it over a long-sleeved striped tee. You could also try wearing it over a strappy sundress if you prefer a little more coverage.

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Stay grounded

A great cotton summer dress is my absolute wardrobe go-to and this flattering style, with its off-the-shoulder neckline, loose-but-fitted waist and floaty midi length skirt, is a seriously good buy. I would wear this with jewelled sandals or animal-print flats for a casual day look, but amp up the glamour with neutral wedges or tan heels for evening.

These raffia wedges are the perfect holiday shoe because they’re neutral enough to work with everything from cropped trousers to maxi dresses. They add height without being too ‘statement’, while mixing in enough texture to make every outfit interesting.

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100% cotton with a great print
Featuring a subtle brush-stroke pattern
Step into summer in raffia wedges
The ideal wear-anywhere dress


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