Five key trends to know about this season, from statement stripes to easy-breezy dresses. Your summer wardrobe refresh starts here
Duvet devotees will be thrilled to hear that nightwear-inspired pieces are hot news for summer. From the Per Una coordinating set pictured, to simple slip dresses and drawstring-waist trousers, try loose-fitting shapes and subtle stripes for a laid-back look that is defined by comfort and ease. Keep things simple by styling with unfussy cotton T-shirts, crisp linen shirts and minimalist slide sandals.
For a sophisticated take on the prairie trend, make a beeline for burnt orange, tobacco and clay shades. Earthy and energetic, these rich hues offer a thoroughly grown-up way to work the look from the city to the beach. For everyday wear, pair with a crisp utility-chic shirt and snakeskin sandals, or add a bikini top for the beach.
This season’s fluid-cut shirts, jackets and trousers rewrite the rules of smart-casual. Take first steps into the trend with a pair of high-waisted, pleat-front trousers that wouldn’t look out of place on the set of Brideshead Revisited. Tuck in a linen blouse and cinch in the waist with a narrow leather belt. Finally, add sleek square-toe pumps to bring the look up to the minute.
Crochet, tie-dye and psychedelic florals are on fashion’s most-wanted list for a sartorial summer of love. From bikinis to swimsuits, our holiday shop is full of optimistic print and colour, whether you’re staycationing or heading further afield in search of sun, sea and sand. We love the lace-up detailing on this high-leg bikini, but also keep an eye out for textural details, such as tortoiseshell and real coconut-shell buckles.
There is no escaping ultra-feminine frills and florals this summer. Both aesthetically pleasing and practical (what could be easier to wear on a sunny day?), invest in a couple of breezy pieces to live in this season. Take this white cotton midi, for example: with its roomy fit and potential for fuss-free layering, we reckon it will be your most-worn item this season. Dress down with loafers for day, and up with heels for evening.
Editor: Dulcie Emerson