It’s been a long winter, and after being stuck in lockdown after lockdown, it’s finally time to flaunt your fashion sense in a summer to remember. Whether you’re jetting off to foreign climes or settling in for the staycation of your dreams, you’ll want to look your best. After the last few years, we all deserve to feel fabulous this summer - so let’s find out how.
Fashion is all about mixing and matching different pieces of clothing to make an outfit pop. We've split the question up into four types of clothing: dresses, trousers, tops and shoes. Keep reading to find out what styles are in vogue - whether you’re getting ready for beach days and barbecues or beer gardens and business dinners.
Summer dresses are a great way to keep cool in the heat. If you’re after a casual look this summer, why not try a shirtdress? Light and airy, they’re a great way to get an effortlessly monochrome look - and they’re perfect for wearing to and from the beach. Better still, just add a cardigan or wrap and they’ll take you right through to an evening barbecue as well.
Alternatively, if you want something a little more fitted, drop waist dresses come in so many summery prints that you’re sure to find one you like. Pair it with a sunhat, shades and sandals for an easy, versatile outfit.
When it comes to the legs, breezy is this year’s buzzword. From wide cut jeans to loose linen slacks, the best trousers to wear this summer are those that can keep you cool in a heatwave. Even flares are making a comeback - great paired with a platform sandal or wedge heel. If you want to get your legs out in the open, why not try some denim shorts? Versatile and classic, you can pair them with almost anything in your wardrobe.
At the same time, light colours are in for trousers this year - white jeans, pastel hues and even pale neutrals are all big hitters. For a monochrome look, try pairing trousers with a matching cardigan or light jacket that’ll keep you warm all evening long.
Making a statement with your tops is what this year is all about. Try something in a vibrant colour or a bold pattern - or even both!
Alternatively, why not try a co-ord look? Match your top with your trousers and add a splash of colour with your outerwear - a statement blazer or a pastel cardigan, for example. If you’re feeling the heat, stick to sleeveless tops to get that sun kissed look - halter necks are great for keeping you cool.
If you want to cover up after a day in the sun, stick to light, airy tops that give your skin plenty of room to breathe. A loose knit cardigan can be enough to keep the shivers at bay once the sun goes down without compromising your outfit.
No look is complete without the shoes to match - even if you’re looking forward to kicking them off to go paddling in the sea. With temperatures rising, trends in footwear are edging towards lightweight, breathable shoes. Sandals, wedges, slip ons and more are all in this summer. These types of shoes are great for flexibility - you can put them on and take them off in no time, so you can spend more time enjoying the summer sun.
If you’re wearing a wide leg trouser, then thick statement sandals are the way to go - try some with slingback straps to give your feet extra support. For anyone who’ll be on their feet a lot, light trainers are a great way to keep a look casual and functional. To take your outfit through to the evening, why not try ankle boots or summery wedge heels - perfect for elevating a casual look to something special.
If you’re sick of seeing the same old dreary colours stuck indoors all winter, don’t worry - because this summer is all about bright and bold. With deep blues and purples, dazzling saffron yellows, and luscious crimson cuts, you can dress like all the flowers in the garden. Experts recommend monochrome looks to take advantage of this trend - or you could try mixing and matching to make a fun and vibrant cocktail.
On the other hand, why not try pastels? They’re a great alternative if bold colours aren’t your cup of tea - plus they pair well with both each other and neutrals. This versatile colour palette is sure to last you into next winter and beyond. You can still emulate your garden flowers - try a forget-me-not blue or a soft tulip orange to get that nature-loving look.
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