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As part of our spring/summer preview, fashion writer and blogger Fran Bacon of The Fashion Lift picks her key pieces and shares tips on how to style them

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Easy gingham dress

“A really flattering gingham midi dress. It’s easy to wear, lovely cotton, beautiful on and gives me a waist – a keep-forever piece.”

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Black and white gingham midi dress

Cool lingerie collab

“M&S has collaborated with Damaris – the range includes a beautiful lace bra, cute knickers, a cami set and suspenders.”

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Yellow and pink lace bralette

Investment trousers

“I have to talk about the leather trousers! They’re a neat fit but they ‘give’ a bit because they’re beautiful soft leather. I love the length with heels.”

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Black leather trousers

Chuck-over-anything shacket

“A great denim jacket  for chucking over all of your dresses. I’d tie the belt at the back to give it more shape, but you can tie it at the front. Go up a size for a slouchy fit.”

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Light blue denim shacket

Go-to utility jacket

“I wear this camo jacket all the time on the school run – throw over everything from jeans and tee to a floral dress. Even sizing down, you can fit a hoodie underneath.”

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Cotton camouflage utility jacket

Baywatch-style swimsuit

“A gorgeously cut, Pammy-Anderson-in-Baywatch-style swimsuit. It’s really cool, a beautiful shape, with a waist-belt detail.”

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Red belted swimsuit

Flattering linen shorts

“I love the leg shape of these shorts, they flare out nicely so they’re really flattering. Wear with a black linen shirt to create a playsuit for adults!”

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Black linen belted high-waisted shorts

Smart linen blazer

“This pink linen jacket is great for event dressing worn with the matching trousers or shorts. I’d style it with a lacy cami in a contrasting colour underneath.”

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Dark pink linen belted blazer

Go-with-everything espadrilles

“These tan espadrilles are a neutral you’ll be able to wear with all your favourite dresses. Plus, they’re comfortable. Win, win!”

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Tan leather ankle-tie wedge espadrilles

Perfect straight jeans

“These are the straight-leg Sienna jeans. I’m 5’3” and the leg is still quite long, so I turn them up or cut them for an ankle-length fit.”

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Straight-leg grey Sienna jeans



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Words: Miranda Eason



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