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Instagram star Fran Bacon shares her tips for summer dressing, including how to elevate warm-weather staples with eye-catching bags, shoes and hats

Get shorty

In the summer I always reach for linen because it has a laid-back luxe look without the price tag to match. This year, it’s all about the shorts suit. It may strike fear into those who remember the Eighties iterations, but this one is super chic and easy to wear. Plus, thanks to the naturally breathable fabric, it will help you stay cool on the warmest of days. I love the slouchy fit and will be wearing it with a vest top for a sleek, no-fuss silhouette and a pair of heels to flatter my legs. An embellished clutch and straw hat transform the suit from a smart-casual daytime look to a unique summer event outfit.

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Longline for added versatility
A-line shorts are ultra-flattering
Inject some vintage charm with these
Throw shade in this wide-brim hat

Purple reign

Offering comfort and style for summer in the city, this linen blazer means business in a cool and practical way. A subtle pink check gives the suit a feminine edge. I’ve paired it with a soft purple short-sleeved cashmere jumper and some striking purple and lilac accessories for a bold take on the timeless linen suit.

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Looks great with jeans and pumps, too
Every wardrobe need a chic pair of trousers
A roomy tote that’s vegan-friendly
Step into summer in lilac sandals

Give us a twirl

A striking skirt is a useful piece to have in any summer wardrobe. It can be dressed up with leather heels, a camisole and jacket, or dressed down with a tee and trainers. This printed style is incredibly flattering: the faux wrap gives the skirt movement and the asymmetric hem is particularly great if, like me, you are petite. I’m a firm believer in making every item I buy work hard because I want to be able to wear items every day, not just for best, and this skirt, the vest top and leather jacket all tick the versatility box. The biker jacket is perfect for keeping the UK summer chill at bay, while the hat is wide enough for sun protection while still being stylish.

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A leather biker adds instant edge
The ultimate summer layering piece
Take your pick from two lengths
Insolia tech promises all-day comfort


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