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Smarten up this summer in sleek, forever-favourite pieces that make city dressing a cinch

Read between the lines

Soft tailoring is one of this summer’s hottest trends, spotted everywhere from the catwalk to Instagram and on your most stylish friend. It’s a feminine spin on masculine staples that look effortlessly put together and feel expensive (but aren’t). Take your cues from the street-style set and make a striped shirt the hard-working hero of your summer closet. Choose a classic blue-and-white stripe for a fresh look – cotton and linen are ideal for when the temperature soars. Go one size up for a looser fit that adds a casually cool edge and pair with white on warm days: we’re styling ours with smart shorts and straight-leg jeans. Add some extra polish with a ‘French tuck’ – simply tuck your shirt at the front and leave the rest hanging loose.

Make great strides

Nothing says nonchalant summer style like a pair of wide-leg pants. Instantly smart – and wear-all-day comfortable – this season’s designs come in relaxed, figure-skimming silhouettes. Look out for eye-catching details, like a sports-luxe side stripe, that elevate the staple even further. Balance the look with a strappy vest top and add leather flatform flip-flops for contemporary style. Great for your next night out, wide-leg pants are also smart enough to be worn in the office; simply swap the vest top with a neutral-toned T-shirt or a girlfriend shirt if you prefer to keep your shoulders covered at work. And the best bit? Many of our pieces come with an elasticated waistband, so you’ll feel like you’re still in your lockdown loungewear.

Get shorty

Shorts needn’t be reserved for the beach or your back garden. These relaxed tailored shorts are a smart alternative to denim or linen on days when you want to feel a little more pulled together. Pintuck details and belt loops give a nod to traditional tailoring, while the fluid cut and light material are perfect for hot days in the city. With their slightly longer length, smart shorts are flattering and remain comfortable whether you’re sightseeing or rushing around day to day. Pick a mood-boosting hue – such as cornflower blue – to keep your look interesting and summer appropriate. Opt for simple styling by pairing your set with a classic vest top or T-shirt, adding a slick blazer to make a sophisticated statement at weddings and summer events.

Words: Emily Sutherland


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