Get a head start on summer with stylish pieces that will have you holiday-ready in an instant. From linen to ruffles, discover the trends to try that won’t break the bank
Warm weather, here we go
Yes, we know it’s still a bit nippy outside, but consider this your cheat sheet to the sunshine-ready trends to try now and wear later, from easy utility pieces to covetable new-season accessories.
Usher in summer’s maximalist mood with tactile textures and bold prints: think accordion pleats in bold zebra stripes like this monochrome midi skirt, billowy blouses with oversized ruffles and crisp button-down shirts. In a nutshell: airy shapes that feel like a departure from heavy coats and knitwear.
The key to mastering the maximalist is to blend pieces of different weights in each outfit. For example, a delicate blouse with denim shorts, or a flowing skirt with a weightier shirt and chunky sandals.
Life’s a breeze
Beach-ready, surf-inspired styling was spotted on the catwalks at Chloé, Calvin Klein and Sportmax, but if you don’t fancy hitting high tide in tie-dye and board shorts, consider these effortlessly modern separates instead. Balance the width of palazzo pants with a tank top or try tucking a voluminous blouse into a high-waisted pair of trousers to define your waist.
This season, more is more. From head-turning acrylic earrings, to eye-catching sunglasses and oversized bags, conversation-starting accessories have the power to upgrade a simple outfit in an instant. If you don’t know where to start, try taking your regular jewellery up a notch by upscaling proportions or with a statement colour. You’ll soon be hooked.
Keep cool in khakis
Bid farewell to your skinny jeans, because tailored shorts are the shape to be seen in this summer. With a high-rise waistband and hip-skimming A-line shape, the silhouette is much more flattering than you might initially think. Wear with a button-down shirt and sandals for a go-to outfit that will take you from work to weekend with ease.
Swimwear’s new mood
Whether you opt for tortoiseshell trims, crinkle-cut textures or micro-pleating, make your swimwear feel ultra-modern this season with tactile texture. Think minimalist, clean-lined shapes that nod to the Nineties in an earthy palette for a rich tonal look. A snake-print bag large enough to stow your beach towel and shades adds the finishing touch.
Words: Dulcie Emerson / Styling: Lauren T Franks / Hair: Ben Cooke
Make-up: Karina Constantine / Model: Victoria Tuaz