Whether at home or abroad, it can be a challenge to sail through high summer in style.
One day we’re shivering in winter coats and scarves, the next we’re baking in shorts and sandals. This summer’s extreme weather contrasts have been tricky to navigate on the fashion front.
Thankfully, with the forecast looking bright for the rest of the season, we can finally go to town on high summer style.
Need an injection of summer confidence? If it’s a wardrobe booster you’re after, or immunisation against fashion disasters, check in to our travel style clinic for sunny solutions.
Q: My wardrobe feels anything but heatwave-proof. What should I be wearing in balmy temperatures?
A: Black fabrics will soak up the sun and make you even hotter so go the polar opposite with cool and breezy whites. The materials you choose are all-important. Think breathable, natural fabrics like cotton and linen and avoid man-made materials, which are guaranteed to make you sweat when the heat is on. Try M&Co’s white lightweight cotton pintuck blouse, £15 (www.mandco.com); or Ronan Chen’s Amalfi linen mix dress, £135 (www.ronenchenstoreuk.com).
Q: The thought of baring my body in a bikini fills me with dread. What’s the alternative?
A: Swimwear is infinitely more flattering than ever before and there’s a solution to skim over every lump and bump so you can hit the beach feeling body confident. If your stomach is your worry area, look for a one-piece with control panelling and clever ruching for an instant tummy tuck, like Marisota’s Magisculpt ‘Lose up to an inch’ swimsuit, £45 (www.marisota.co.uk).
If your bottom and thighs are your bugbear, look to bikinis and swimsuits featuring an in-built skirted design, which will look both retro, flattering and fun. Try Resort’s printed underwired swimdress, £29 (www.very.co.uk).
Q: I want to break my tights habit but my legs are pasty white. How can I look summery but keep my pins under wraps?
A: If you can bear to flash an ankle, cropped jeans in fresh pastel shades or floral prints will instantly update your denim drawer.
Ensure the fabric is stretchy and lightweight so you don’t feel too restricted.