Top 10 Summer Essentials

It looks like summer is almost here, so now’s the perfect time to get your wardrobe into shape ready to face the sun. Here’s our guide to the ten essential fashion items you can’t be without this summer.

Sunglasses

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Let’s start with the obvious: sunglasses are the first thing you reach for when the sun shines. Check out high street chains for their own brands or try a specialist brand, such a Silhouette, above left, for a cool designer look.

Flip flops

Forget their associations with childhood trips to the seaside – flip flops have become the choice for stylish feet. Whether you opt for traditional rubber thongs (very comfortable) or slides with cork or leather soles and beaded uppers, the flip flop will keep your feet feeling, and looking, cool.

Bikini

Whether it’s for sunbathing or swimming, the hottest colours for the summer are pink, pistachio or silver. Click onto our gallery link above to read our guide to which bikini style best suits your body shape. The top and bottoms of this silver bikini from Oasis, right, can be bought separately, life saving when you need two different sizes.

Denim jacket

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Jeans are probably the most ubiquitous item in any fashionable wardrobe and a denim jacket is becoming just as essential. They’re brilliant as a lightweight cover-up for cooler evenings or to wear over a T-shirt or vest on a sunny morning.

Vest

Each season a fun and inexpensive way to update your look is to buy a selection of vests with the trendiest prints and colours. But don’t forget a good selection of basic black, white and beige vests will always stand you in good stead, keeping you cool when the temperature rises.

Pretty blouse

A lightweight summery blouse in muslin or cotton will help keep you feeling fresh and cool when the day gets sticky. This blouse from La Redoute, left, is a pretty feminine example.

Summer dress

Lightweight, cool and loose enough to catch the breeze, the perfect summer dress should be in linen or cotton, long enough to cover legs from the sun, and for those with good legs, splits up the side to show off tanned calves.

Linen trousers

These are the top essential to pack into a holiday suitcase, or if you don’t like the creased look try lightweight cotton combat pants. Cut-offs are a good sporty alternative.

A-line skirt

A-line is a flattering shape for all figures, and knee-length is still the hottest look for summer, despite the threatened resurgence of the miniskirt. If the ethnic look appeals try a skirt in suede or luxurious supple leather.

Beach bag

Finally, to carry your book, suntan lotions and towel to the beach, you’ll need a beach bag. Gap have some gorgeous linen drawstring bags in pale blue or natural beige with sweet flowers embroidered across the front.

Source – dailymail.co.uk

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