With 4th of July celebrations and your summer getaways just over the horizon, these are the five key trends to see you through the sunshine season in style. From statement stripes to easy-breezy dresses, your vacation-ready closet starts here

Sleepwear as daywear

Duvet devotees will be thrilled to hear that nightwear-inspired pieces are hot news for summer – particularly when it comes to covering-up by the beach. From the Per Una coordinating set pictured, to simple slip dresses and drawstring-waist pants, try loose-fitting shapes and subtle stripes for a laid-back look that is defined by comfort and ease. Take the look from beach to bar with simple styling: think unfussy cotton T-shirts, crisp linen shirts and minimalist slide sandals.

Whimsical dresses

There is no escaping ultra-feminine frills and florals this summer. Aesthetically pleasing as well as practical (what could be easier to wear on a sunny day?), these are breezy pieces made for living in all season. Take a floaty midi, for example: with its roomy fit and potential for fuss-free layering, we reckon it will be your most-worn warm-weather item. Dress down with loafers for day, and up with heels for evening.

Relaxed tailoring

Say hello to the ultimate city break outfit. This season’s fluid-cut shirts, jackets and pants rewrite the rules of smart-casual. Take first steps into the trend with a pair of high-waisted, pleat-front pants that wouldn’t look out of place on a 1940s movie set. Tuck in a linen blouse and cinch in the waist with a leather belt. Finally, add sleek square-toe pumps to bring the look up to the minute.

Sixties swimwear

Crochet, tie-dye and psychedelic florals are on fashion’s most-wanted list for a sartorial summer of love. From bikinis to swimsuits, our vacation 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.

Hello, tiered skirts

Perfect for warmer destinations that require a little more skin coverage, tiered maxi skirts are making a serious comeback this summer. 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 sandals, or add a bikini top for the beach.

Words : Dulcie Emerson, Ellie Spicer



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