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RULES OF DRESSING FOR THE ENGLISH SUMMER

19.07.16

We've compiled a set of rules to keep in mind that may make perfecting your look a somewhat more effortless task

Bless metallic jumper, Dali shorts, Cupid heels

Despite our annual hopes of soaring climates come June and July, the reality of the Great British Summer is sometimes a slightly less tropical affair. In turn, dressing for the season can be tricky to master, so to make things easier, we’ve compiled a set of ‘rules’ to keep in mind that may make perfecting your look a somewhat more effortless task.

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1. DON’T SHY AWAY FROM KNITWEAR

Chunky knits have well and truly made their mark as a winter wardrobe hero, but that’s not to say that softer, more lightweight styles should be shunned when it comes to summer styling. This season, look to those woven with high-shine metallic yarns like Jessica Ann Kirby from Prosecco and Plaid. Pair them with something typically summer-ready like a pair of white or denim shorts. Neutral-hued accessories will keep the overall look light.

Eliza top, Chiya leather skirt, Nicola boots

2. BALANCE BARE LEGS WITH BOOTS

If you’re keen to wear mini lengths (it is summer after all) but think it might be a bit of a tall order on a gloomy day, a pair of ankle boots will balance the look in an undeniably chic fashion. Similarly, open-toe sandals give classic denim a summer-ready spin, especially when worn with painterly prints or sorbet shades. This look is all about balance, so if you’re completely covering one part of your body, expose a little of another area.

Harmony coat, Aidia top, Stevie jeans, Leighton heels

3. KEEP LAYERING SOFT AND NEUTRAL

Whatever time of year it is, layering is a no-brainer when it comes to embracing the British weather. The key to getting it right for summer, however, is to keep the colour palette soft and neutral. Mix fabrications to add depth to the look and make sure your lightest layer is something that you’d want to wear solo as well as with the rest of the outfit, so that when the sun comes out you're just as polished as when you left the house.

Truth jumper, Crystal skirt, Jack Purcell trainers

4. MAKE A MIDI YOUR GO-TO

Relaxed, refined and oh-so relevant, calf-skimming skirt lengths are the silhouettes to know now. Day or evening, office or off-duty, there’s a midi-based look to suit. Pair floaty styles with sporty separates to give ladylike luxe a modern slant, or balance voluminous box pleats with a structured blazer to experiment with proportion.

Manhattan mac, Maple top, Cassie trousers

5. INVEST IN A LONGLINE TRENCH

Lightweight in composition and fluid in silhouette, a summer-ready mac is arguably the most stylish way to combat unpredictable climes. Opt for a colour-pop hue to bring an element of interest to your wardrobe and layer it over everything from tailored shorts to wide-leg trousers depending on the nature of the occasion.