Every new fashion season introduces around half a dozen key garments (for both men and women) which will instantly update your look. By incorporating these Must-Haves into your current wardrobe and mix-n-matching them with existing pieces, you will immediately make all your outfits look new and fresh. Don’t forget to invest in the latest accessories too – the most effortless way to make essential wardrobe classics look bang-on-trend for the season!
SIX OF THE BEST FOR WOMEN
- Trouser Suit
The staple of every woman’s wardrobe in the ‘90’s was the trouser suit. This summer sees its return but in much softer shapes and bolder colours. Wear it with a T-shirt and flats for a casual look or jazz it up for evening with a silk bouse or camisole and killer heels. In warmer weather, a culotte suit is cooler but still smart enough for the office.
- Embellished Top
Negate the need to wear a statement necklace by investing in a fabulous top with a bejewelled necline. Sparkling gems, sequins or an abundance of pearls are to be found on the necklines of these sleeveless blouses at very affordable prices. Don’t just save this look for evening, team one with your jeans for a glam daytime look.
- Loose White Shirt
Every woman’s wardrobe needs this essential item as its versatility knows no bounds! Wear it with skinny trousers and heels for evening; with jeans and flats for daytime; over a dress as a lightweight jacket; and over a swimsuit as a cool poolside cover-up. Opt for an oyster-white if you are a pale, freckly red-head.
- Patterned Trousers
One of the hottest trends of the season is the patterned trouser. To be on the safe side, always wear these with a plain top as combining patterns can be tricky. As a general rule, narrow leg trousers and a drapey top are best for petite women; taller women can look good in wider leg trousers with a more closely-fitting top.
- Belted Dress
A 50’s style belted dress will take you to lots of occasions this season from casual picnics and garden parties to lovely summer weddings – just change your accessories to suit. However, a belt will always direct attention to your middle; so, if your waistline has disappeared, opt instead for a straighter style.
- Shift Dress
A 60’s style shift dress will always be flattering to a Straight Up figure shape. Combine it with a boxy, Chanel-style jacket for a smart look or dress it down with a short, cropped cardigan in a neutral or contrasting colour. A boxy, hand-held bag would complete the angular theme of this fashionable look.
Accessory Must Haves:
70’s straw hat; suede mules; ankle-strap sandals; boxy handbag; large bangles
SIX OF THE BEST FOR MEN
- Chambray Blazer
A definite Must Have for the male wardrobe this summer is the lightweight blazer. Opt for a pastel shade to be bravely on-trend instead of the usual neutral colours – pale blue is the easiest shade for most men to wear. Team your blazer with a T-shirt and shorts for a casual look or chinos and a shirt for a smart look.
- Tailored Shorts
Tailored shorts worn with jackets and tan brogues were all the rage on the catwalks this season. You really need slim, tanned calves to carry-off this look and, for comfort, you need to wear ‘invisible’ trainer socks. If you think this look is not for you, simply substitute navy deck shoes (with no socks) for the brogues.
- Blouson Jacket
An alternative to the blazer is the zip-up blouson jacket to add style to your wardrobe this season. In a subtle check or a plain fabric with patterned lining, team your blouson with a cotton-knit sweater or a T-shirt worn outside your trousers for a relaxed smart-casual look . Don’t forget the shades for extra points!
- Putty Chinos
The greatest American import into the English male wardrobe has to be the chino trouser; and the best shade to buy for summer has to be what the Americans call ‘putty’ which is slightly richer than beige. This colour, although warm, teams wonderfully with navy and white for a classic summer look.
- Lightweight Suit
So many men continue to wear their heavy winter suits into the hotter months instead of investing in a lighter style – in terms of colour as well as weight. A pale grey, single-breasted, lightweight-wool suit (with perhaps a very subtle check) is a real Must Have for both work and social occasions as temperature start to rise.
- Floral Shirt
Floral shirts have been going strong now for several seasons and continue to be popular this summer. Teaming one with a plain jacket is child’s play but do be careful when combining one with a check jacket ; make sure the colours are very similar as seen here with a pale grey floral shirt and pale grey check suit.
Accessory Must Haves:
Classic Ray-Bans; Satchel bag; Tan Brogues; Trainer socks; Navy deck shoes;
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