Summer Staples

Summer Staples

Here comes the sun!

Gosh isn't it lovely to feel the sun on your skin again?

I for one am loving the joy and happiness that sunshine brings, so thought I'd put together a little guide on my Summer Staples. I've chosen timeless styles as I believe less is more, when you do it well. 


denim a-line skirt with tan belt

First up is the A-Line Denim Skirt

This cut is particularly wonderful for pear, apple, rectangle, hourglass or anyone who has larger thighs. I would accessorise with a belt, either with the matching one the skirt would *usually* come with, or a chunky belt of your own. Tan and denim go beautifully together, but make sure the belt covers where the skirt meets your top for clean lines. A belt will also cinch you in a define your waist - win, win! For the top half, I would pair this piece with a breton top (pictured below), or a crisp white shirt. For footwear, sandals are great for a sophisticated evening look, or trainers for a smart-casual daytime meander.
 navy breton top black breton top styled with stone chinos

My next staple is the Breton Top

So chic and yet so simple. This style of top is great with denim and neutral tones (think stone coloured chinos). The trick to your best Breton is the type of fabric you opt for and what silhouette you wish to achieve. For example, if you have gorgeous curves and want to flaunt them, a cotton Breton with a small amount of elastane will hug your figure beautifully. If you would rather tone down your curves, a stiffer fabric such as pique cotton will skim and not cling. If you're of a slimmer build and want to add to your silhouette with a boxy feel, a soft jersey cotton will nod towards a flowy, parisian laid-back look. Equally, if you're wanting to draw attention to your waist, the same applies as above with the cotton and elastane mix.


 tan sandals and flatform espadrilles

Last but certainly not least, Sandals and Espadrilles

Black, tan, white and blush are all timeless colours, so if you opt for a sandal in that style you can't really go wrong! The only caveat, for the fair skinned ladies - black or tan will be the most flattering colour for your skin tone. As sandals are so classic, I think the less is more approach will see you through several summers. Embellishments are lovely - and you know I LOVE a bit of sequin action, but they're likely to tarnish and end up looking a bit worse for wear. A simple leather/faux-leather pair will do nicely. If you want to add a bit of height, why not try a 'flatform'? I really love the espadrille-style and the rope tie ensures you can have the fit you desire.

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