Got holiday plans? We’ve got the style to match. Whether you’re jet-setting to white sandy beaches for a spot of relaxation or heading for a weekend city escape, getaway season is officially calling. Your wardrobe on the other hand, may not be quite so prepared. With limited space in your suitcase, you’ll need to master the art of destination dressing, fast. Thankfully, with the help of these key pieces you’ll be ready to chase the sun in no time…
Think of summer – think of sun, beaches and vacation, right? Just like everything else in life, we sensationalise the seasons, setting expectations for the warmest months of the year that will likely leave us crying into a pina colada shortly after the solstice. Come on, we all know that a dose of vitamin D doesn’t automatically lead to love, health, and endless possibilities, yet here we are, daydreaming out lives away. This year, we’ve decided to embrace all the simple pleasures that the sun-drenched season brings. Come and join us.
1. Keep it simple
Don’t sweat it. The sun might be out but that doesn’t mean you have to turn into an Instagram influencer, make a goji-topped acai bowl or suddenly become the life and soul of the office. You like what you like, even if that is a whipped cream frap and taking #hotdogsorlegs selfies. From the tropical scent of suncream right through to the pleasing crunch of ice in your ashy, burnt-espresso Americano – sometimes it’s the little things that make you the happiest. Ice-cream, flower crowns and mojitos all fall into this category too, but who cares? Enjoy.
2. Save time getting dressed
Booked your beach getaway? Then time is ticking. We’ve made it easy for you to prep, preen and perfect your summer beauty routine, so you can look on point for all those holiday snaps. Let’s get started…
60 DAYS BEFORE – KICK OFF THE CLEANSEBoosting immunity and helping you to feel tip-top in time to bare all on the beach – check out our bikini cleanse here. Make sure you drink plenty of water and start your day with a nutrient-rich fresh juice. To reduce bloating and dehydration, be sure to cut down on carbs and caffeine.
45 DAYS BEFORE – AMP UP THE EXERCISEIt’s time to get moving! Whether you’re headed to the gym or rolling out your mat at home for a Pilates session, do something every day to raise your heart rate before your holiday. Not only will you burn fat and tone up, but the more you move, the more your lymphatic system drains away those pesky toxins.
30 DAYS BEFORE – WARDROBE OVERHAULThe holiday wardrobe is just as important as the holiday itself – just think of all those Instagram snaps! Chances are, you haven’t even come close to thinking about baring your pins in a summer dress; now’s the time to stock up on new swimwear and some key pieces to refresh your jet-set line-up.
14 DAYS BEFORE – CUT YOUR HAIRFor that ultra-healthy swishy summer feeling, book in for a trim a couple of weeks before you fly; the extra time will allow your new ‘do to settle in. Avoid colouring hair before you go; chlorine and sun exposure could have an adverse effect, and don’t forget to pack a daily leave-in conditioner.
With your summer getaway just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to embark on a detoxifying juice cleanse. And this little three-day saviour from our friends over at Raw Press is glow-guaranteed.
The health-boosting juices and nutritious meals below are designed to have you looking and feeling in tip-top condition. Snack on plenty of whole fruits and raw veggies in between meals, drink as much H20 as you can and skip along to a few Pilates classes the week of the cleanse.
Sun lounger, we’re coming for you.
The dichotomy between preparing our bodies for summer and what we’re happy to do to them as soon as we’ve checked in at the airport is almost amusing. Juice detoxes, facials and endless yoga are soon replaced with sangria, a thousand trips around the buffet bar and hours tanning by the pool. It seems that sun and temporary amnesia go together, sigh. Then again, isn’t the whole point of getting away, to get away from it all? Well, it doesn’t need to be black and white. Here’s how to live it up without completely giving up your healthy lifestyle. START AS YOU MEAN TO GO ON There’s certain parameters for alcohol and those stay in place even when you’re in the departures lounge: a mimosa is acceptable for brunch, champagne any hour after lunch and hard spirits should only be consumed post-supper, in-flight or if you’ve suffered a lengthy delay. You wouldn’t hit up your local at 8 am in the morning for a G&T (or maybe you would…), so don’t pre-drink before your early morning flight. The same goes for food – if fast food is usually a no-go, don’t introduce it before you get on an eight-hour flight. The key here is preparation. Pack a bento box the night before chock full of protein, leafy greens and avocado, ditch the coffee after boarding and drink plenty of water.
MAKE YOUR FOOD ROUTES If you’re anything like us, city breaks can soon become one giant banquet – and with so many foodie options to take in on every street corner, it would be rude not to eat out for every meal of the day. Why make it mindless, though – with a little bit of careful planning and some help from Google Maps you can build walking tours to every area of the city. Research all the hotspots you want to visit and start planning your itinerary around meal times. Before you know it, you’ll have walked 10K and really earnt that extra gelato (we don’t judge). Think of it as a walking meditation... with food.
BE STRATEGIC Here’s the kicker, with ice cream, gelato and frozen yoghurt – they all contain lots of milk, cream and sugar. On holiday, one scoop a day isn’t truly terrible, but anymore and you’re in dangerous territory. All-inclusive deals are an enabler of this habit, but it’s just not OK to go through a pint of ice cream every day for a fortnight. This is where you need to think of the calorie/enjoyment trade off. If you love it, eat it, but if it’s not your favourite, then give it a second thought. Lollies are often made from real fruit or coconut water and are a lighter choice than a sundae or milkshake.
CONSISTENCY IS KING Listen to your body. I know, being gluten intolerant while on the Italian Riviera isn’t ideal, but complex as the body is, it doesn’t know when it to turn on and off those sensitivities. The thought process is do now, deal with it later, but is that bowl of pasta really worth missing the sun the following morning because it’s wreaked havoc on your mood and energy? As best you can, stick to your usual diet. And if you just can’t resist, pepper in those casual food dalliances sparingly and mindfully.
Rooftops for summer. Ground-breaking, I hear you say – but would you rather be basking in the heat of a 30-degree day or shivering from the air con inside the standard cocktail bar? We think we know your answer and for that reason, we’re talking rooftops. Unless you’re suffering from vertigo, there’s literally no downsides to lounging outside with waiter service and the best views in the city. Slip on your shades, order a strawberry daiquiri or something just as predictable and revel in the beauty that is alfresco socialising. It’s time to get high…
RADISSON BLU, NICELa Terrasse at Radisson Blu, Nice, features stunning panoramic sea views over the picturesque Baie des Anges. Striped awnings protect you from the glare of the sun (but allow you to feel the heat), while the pool is perfect for cooling off between rounds. You might only go for the Instagram cred, but if you’ve made it to the roof, it’s worth ordering dinner and making a night of it. Aren’t you on holiday? The authentic Mediterranean menu has been specially crafted to be enjoyed outdoors and features fresh seafood and local produce. Getting a lounger in the height of summer could prove difficult, so stay alert. You know that time between sunbathing and dinner where everyone is sprucing themselves up? That’s your move.
ME, LONDONSitting pretty on the 10th floor, this flatiron-shaped space boasts both indoor and outdoor space along with panoramic views of London’s most recognisable landmarks. It’s a sanctuary from the fast-moving world below. The cocktail and drinks menu changes depending on what’s in season, so we suggest trying something special. The restaurant also offers a tapas menu and earthy dishes such as fried courgette flowers and bitter chocolate tapenade. Hotel guests receive complimentary access to this exclusive hide away, mere mortals need to argue their case. Go on, “kiss the sky.”
While we’d all admittedly rather be lying in the sun, out of office on, Aperol spritz in hand… the reality is that unfortunately summer’s finally coming to its end, and that mountain of paperwork on your desk isn’t going to sort itself.
But, heading back to work needn’t be boring. In fact, it’s the perfect time to re-visit your workwear wardrobe and give your office style a refresh. With the help of a few key pieces, the transition back to 9-5 can be effortless.
Carry your essentials in style with a handy satchel. Practical, versatile and inherently chic, it makes light work of your commute. With plenty of compartments to stash all your office must-haves from your laptop to make-up bag, our collection of satchels gives the timeless accessory a fresh update.
Oh summer, fleeting yet so glorious—why does your departure always feels like a heartache? Moving through the seasons can be tumultuous, but it can also be motivating and spark new projects or thoughts. Here’s how to make it through the transition from beach days to dark days. 1. Book a workshop or learn something newIf summer is for socialising and winter is for nesting, then the shoulder seasons are for getting life in order. Leave the workout regime to spring, and spend autumn learning something new that will see you through those long, dark weekends. Got a side hobby that you want to move into a side project? Now’s the time. Looking for inspiration? Try calligraphy (it’ll come in handy for wedding season) or maybe a jewelry making class (the bonus here is that it takes a lifetime to perfect). If a quick fix is all your attention can handle, take a meditation workshop. 2. Set intentions for the coming seasonThe most effective way of getting over the blues is to take back control. Unfortunately, manifesting the sun is probably out of your reach, but you can ask yourself (and acknowledge) why you’re feeling the way you do. Journaling in the morning or before bed is an effective way to spot patterns, and really get to know yourself. Unlike new year resolutions, setting intentions will move you through change and empower yourself to live in possibility. Do the legwork before the holiday season comes around and set a weekly practice of being patient—it’ll come in handy when you don’t want to bite your tongue at the dinner table.
3. Plan into the futureImpatience and frustration are side effects of the summer blues – nobody really wants to be a martyr – and the best way to get out that funk is to plan. What’s better than having something to look forward to? It’s best to do this right off the back of sunny days, before indecision and guilt starts to seep in. Try to plan something for every month, even if it is just a cinema trip or coffee with a friend —it feels good to have something to look forward to. If you’re feeling flush, you can never regret booking an autumn getaway. 4. Rotate your wardrobeNothing signifies the end of summer more than the sombre day your embroidered dresses and off-the-shoulder tops get vacuum packed and put back into storage for another year. If it feels kinder, try slowly merging your summer outfits with chunkier knits and coats, but come October, it’s best to go Band-Aid style and fully transition into your cold-weather wardrobe. One of the best parts of winter is the fashion, so revel in those skinny leather pants and denim while you still can.
5. Live in denialStill not convinced? Go your own way and deny the turning temperatures. You’ll likely only last until September sans jacket, but if you can only be jolted by shock tactics, this is the way to go. You can keep the flame of summer alive by eating out-of-season strawberries and insisting on keeping your morning coffee iced. Your work colleagues might have something to say when you’re blasting the ‘song of the summer’ through your headphones, but we’re sure you can get them back on side with a frozen margarita at happy hour.
Working from home sounds like the dream, but the truth is that when you work for yourself (and with yourself), cabin fever is a very real side effect. Lounging on your sofa gets old fast, and it’s not always conducive to productivity. This summer, slip into a pretty summer dress, brush your hair and take yourself into society for a few hours. Here’s where you should go. London: Bulldog Edition, The Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street Nestled between The Ace Hotel’s lobby, juice bar and restaurant, Bulldog Edition is a laid-back coffee shop that serves up a rotation of donuts, cakes and sandwiches, alongside a decent flat white. The main draw with working here, especially as a freelancer, is that almost everyone else is in the same boat, which makes the collective energy buzzy and motivating. The spots by the back wall are quietest with power outlets, but if you want to feed off the buzz or potentially network, we suggest migrating into the plush couches in the hotel lobby. Berlin: Westberlin, Friedrichstrasse 215“Coffee, cake, lunch and magazines” reads the sandwich board stationed outside Westberlin, a bright, glass-front coffee shop located between Berlin’s Mitte and Kreuzberg neighbourhoods. Borrowing from its Scandi cousins, the aesthetic is clean and contemporary with a long shared desk to work from, as well as smaller tables for when you really need to get your head down. Pop there in the morning and stay all day if you want to- it’s geared up for working, so there’s no need to feel rushed or pressured to move. When your deadlines are met, be sure to check out the shop’s magazine collection—it’s one of the best in the city.
Dublin: Network Coffee, 39 Aungier Street If you’re going to make the effort to step away from the comfort of home - or if you’re treating yourself to a ‘work from home’ day (don’t forget the air quotes) - it better be worth it. Much of the payoff relies on the goods of course, but atmosphere and setting also play deep into how inspired and motivated you feel. A wonky table and bad vibes don’t promote productivity. Network Coffee is contemporary enough that just being there makes you feel part of something bigger and cooler, but not in an intimidating way. In fact, it’s one of the city’s friendliest places to work from. Paris: Café Craft, 24 Rue des Vinaigriers Café Craft describes itself as the “premier café dédié aux créatifs indépendants” which, if you don’t speak French, loosely translates as the “first cafe devoted to independent creatives”. It’s set up for working and that’s what we like about—your being there is the reason this coffee shop exists, so no need to feel bad for using the wifi and taking calls. It costs three euros an hour to share the space, but you can pay by consumption or connection, meaning a three euro coffee will see you straight for an hour’s work. Grab a spot at the long communal table and spark up a conversation with your fellow coffee-aficionados.
Barcelona: Skye Coffee Co, Carrer de Pamplona, 88 Working from home comes with serious bragging rights. There’s no run-down office building for you, no commute to work, no having to blast heavy metal from your earphones to deter your boss from another conversation—it’s just you, on your time, doing your own thing. That’s the image we like to send out at least, because the reality of chasing invoices and refreshing your email, isn’t very attractive - Skye Coffee Co is though. This large warehouse space houses Barcelona’s coolest cats alongside a refurbed CitröenHY van that sells some of the city’s finest coffee.
Ah, the joy of going back to work. Summer’s officially drawing to a close and although we don’t care much to admit it, it’s (almost) time to face reality. But what if there was a way to make the transition from long days in the sun to busy commutes a little more, manageable?
Fortunately, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves to ensure you’ve got your act together and can get out the door looking polished and professional – quickly.
Plan your outfits in advance
Stay one step ahead of the game and set aside some time on Sunday to go through the upcoming week, planning your outfits to match your diary. By getting it all out of the way before the week starts, you’ll sleep peacefully knowing you’ll never have the inevitable Monday morning nothing-to-wear dilemma and avoid last minute panic dressing before you rush off to work. Oh, how we wish we had a Cher à la Clueless outfit planner, but for now we’ll have to make do with the old fashioned way.
Every workweek repertoire needs key pieces, so we’ve rounded up five office-ready looks – from the classic to the contemporary – that will put a pep in your weekday step. Don’t just take our word for it, these on-trend pieces come with a celebrity stamp of approval. No need to thank us.
1. The Statement Shirt
The classic button-down shirt has been taken to new heights with sculptural sleeves, mismatched panels, ruffle tiers, lace trims…we could go on. And it will do wonders for your weekday attire.
Go for: A little bit of frill. In the form of a sleeveless silk blouse with pintucks and a ruffled placket. Alternatively try a long sleeve black piece framed with contrast piping, fluid ruffles along the yoke and lightly fluted sleeves.
Wear it with: Tailored black or navy trousers for a modern take on sharp separates.
School may be out, but your preppy style can and should live on. We’ve gathered 5 must-haves that will help you graduate from basic to collegiate-cool once and for all. Breathe easy, this is one do-over you’ll rave about.
1. The Backpack
Good news, the backpack is still going strong. And the must-have version is neater and chicer than the back-breaking knapsack you used to carry your books in. Time to get (back) on the backpack bandwagon.
Why you should wear it: Something structured, in suede or textured leather will stand the test of time, get you admiring looks and hold all of your essentials. Top marks all around.
If you’re lucky enough to be hitting this season’s festivals, then chances are you’re going to need a few new pieces to give your line-up an update…
Whether embracing your inner boho girl or adding a rock chic vibe to your outfits, hairpieces are a shortcut to getting your style festival ready. Give hippy waves the finishing touch with floral garlands or add edge to a grungy look by embellishing braids with hair rings for a pierced effect.
While you can trust that the music will be on point, the same can’t be said for the weather, so a pair of wellies should be at the top of your packing list. From classic camo greens a la Kate Moss to bold patterned pairs, wellies are more than just a practical feature at this summer’s festivals.
It’s a universally acknowledged truth that nobody likes packing. Can’t we just be sunning ourselves on the beach already? The list writing, the moving almost identical sandals (yes we can tell the difference) between the ‘definite’ and the ‘maybe’ piles… it’s not quite as glamorous as those enviable travel flat lays make it seem. Then there’s the task of fitting our inevitable new purchases, into our already overflowing bags for the trip home. It’s enough to erode all the good ‘resting-up’ we’ve been doing.
No need to have a breakdown before you’ve even got on the plane – just get wise and follow our guide.
Yep. We told you it wasn’t all pina colada-filled holiday snaps. But jokes aside, being organised is the best way to make sure you don’t overpack. Envisioning what your holiday will entail is sure to help you work out what you need wardrobe-wise. Write up an itinerary for your trip so you know roughly what you’ll be doing on each day – whether it be long beach days or mornings spent brunching around the hottest spots in the city. That way you can pack specific outfits for each day or event, staving off the wild need to add the tenth bikini into the mix.
DON’T TEMPT FATE
Whether you’re looking to get SPF savvy or you just want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, we've rounded up the five must-have apps that will help you manoeuvre your way through those scorching (with any luck) days of summer like a pro. So grab your phone and get to downloading.
For the die-hard coffee lovers – Secret Menu for Starbucks
Tired of the plain and the plain old crazy options – unicorn concoction we see you – itching to move on to something new to quench your never-ending thirst for caffeine? Feel free to swap your usual iced mocha lattes for the unpredictable – Butterbeer Frappuccino anyone? – with a little help from the not-so Secret Menu Starbucks app. The trusty app lets you browse and try the hidden gems you can’t and won’t stop raving about. And if you’re hiding an inner barista, you can even submit your own recipes.
For the ‘do-it-on-a-whim’-ers – Whym
So you’ve committed to a last-minute weekend getaway, but you’re stuck on what to do and what to see when you touchdown, we know the feeling all too well. Whym is the app for the last-minute, spur-of-the-moment, devil-may-care getaways, as it can help you score cheaper tickets for every bike tour or backstage pass your heart desires. Try Whym on a whim, your weekend break may just depend on it. No pressure.
Long balmy evenings and effervescent social calendars, balcony brunches and rooftop sips – not to mention your fellow commuters actually cracking a smile for once. Yes, the idea of summer in a buzzing metropolis is bliss. The reality of the rising heat on your #OOTD? You know the score.
It also just so happens that summer is the most photogenic season of them all – and hell hath no fury like your best friend with the latest Snapchat filter. So, if you’re ready to panic-buy a portable hand-held fan, please refrain. Summer in the city doesn’t have to equal a style sacrifice. Here’s how to up your game for everyone’s favourite season…
LIGHTEN IT UP
Thank the fashion gods that pastels are back in. While dark colours absorb heat, light colours reflect it, so it goes without saying that sweltering days call for blush pink, mint green and crisp white. They look breezy and summery too – and nothing shows off a post-Mediterranean tan quite like it. The lighter the fabric, the fresher you’ll feel – much-needed when we’re hopping in and out of Ubers all day long.
Your warm-weather wardrobe needs a reboot? We hear you. The most fuss-free way is to swap the old for the new. And with these three covetable styles, you’ll nail it quicker you can ‘gram your OOTD. WOMENAn unexpected hero piece, statement stripes and the brave new world of pink. Ladies, we bring you the soon-to-be-everywhere styles you need to flawlessly transition from spring to summer.
The hero piece: The embroidered cover-up Swap: your everyday denim jacket for an embroidered version Denim jackets have been a wardrobe staple since we care to remember, and it’s unlikely they’re going anywhere soon. You can invest in a new piece or breathe new life into distressed denim by turning to tapestry. Take our word for it, embroidery equals instant personality. How to wear it: For a military-inspired turn, opt for a longline utility jacket with intricate embroidery and style it with dark denim cut-offs. Or for a polished take, layer an embroidered lace jacket over a slip dress. The staple: 50 shades of fuchsia Swap: florals for fuchsia Yes florals are forever pieces, but if you've overdosed on the trend, it's time to think pinkish. Every shade has flooded the catwalks, but not in your average blush tones. Get ready for an influx of hot pinks, raspberry reds and lilacs. How to wear it: Top to toe. Style a pastel satin bomber with a cerise jumpsuit and strawberry-red suede pumps for a highly Instagrammable take. The statement maker: Stripes Swap: Slogan tees for statement stripes There are stripes as you know them and there are statement stripes. The new school of stripes are banker, pinstriped, punchy and everything in between. How to wear it: Flaunt your fashion-forward ways with sleeveless asymmetric silhouettes or off-the-shoulder pieces in… you guessed it, stripes!
From bold cover-ups to brighter-than-the-sun socks, men take note; your spring to summer attire boils down to these three styles.
The hero piece: The conspicuous cover-up
Inspired by the art, music and culture of festival season? Us too. There’s something to be said about seeing the world slightly differently, thinking outside of the box and living a little more creatively. It all starts with inspiration and we’re here to kickstart yours. Paintbrushes at the ready…
Get curious Life is full of so many interesting things – and let’s face it, no matter how much yoga we do or green juice we sip, we’ll never have enough time to experience it all. So make it a challenge to try something new every week, whether that be indulging in the latest foodie trend (cronuts are so least season) or ditching your Google Maps and finding a new route to work. Push yourself to be curious about the world around you and pay attention, who knows what you’ll find.
Get festiveNot all festivals require days of trudging through mud and fighting off crowds in a mosh pit. From family-friendly beachside celebrations full of organic eats, surf lessons and cookery workshops to nights spent under the spectacularly star-lit skies of the Sahara– nothing unleashes creativity quite like a week spent doing something new. Discovering new artists, tasting new cuisines, meeting new people and dressing with flare and abandon awakens our minds and souls to new possibilities and ideas.
Get outdoorsBelieve it or not, there’s a whole world outside your four walls. Getting out of your space for a few hours is always refreshing. Why not pick an area you’ve not spent much time in before and plot out a walking route, complete with a riverside pub lunch? Or ditch the tech for an afternoon, pick up a book on something you’ve always been interested in and spend the afternoon in the park reading. Sounds blissful, because it is.
Get more playWe’re so over routine. Have desert for breakfast (twist our arm), or throw on some music and put Beyoncé to shame. Get down to the photogenic art shop you’ve always walked past and invest in some mermaid-hued acrylics and a huge blank canvas. Block out the afternoon and go wild. Create a masterpiece worthy of the Louvre – or your Instagram at least.
Cropped tops, crochet knits and fringing galore, hold on to your flower crowns because festival season is in full force. We've taken notes and put together a guide for finding your style tribe, whether you’re a first-timer, a seasoned pro or somewhere in between.
The First TimerEasily spotted by your brand new wellies, a zippable bum bag – borrowed from one beaming dad – and the look of sheer terror on your face every time you lose sight of your plus one. You’re the designated person for snacks, sanitizers and even pocket-sized survival books. By day two that glossy first festival glow will have rubbed off thanks in part to a pop-up tent that just refuses to stay up. Sporting: Whatever the weather dictates. Rain, hail, sleet, seriously you’ve come prepared for any eventuality.Spiritual Home: Home sweet home, where the Wi-Fi is dependable and sheets are squeaky clean, on laundry day.Style Icon: Cara Delevingne? You’re still undecided.
The New BohemianThough you hail from the English countryside, your heart belongs to sunny California. Coachella may be thousands of miles away and you’ve had to settle for a smaller scale festival, but you’re determined to be there in spirit, dammit. You’re refreshing every blog and ‘zine covering the festival, while getting a temporary tat.Sporting: It's all about fringing, faded denim, and flared trousers. You’ve also stocked up on playsuits in psychedelic prints, crochet dresses and on-trend tassels. Cuban heels and moccasin boots are your go-to day or night.Spiritual Home: Coachella obviously.Style Icon: Alessandra Ambrosio.
The Music Maven You’re with the band, at least that’s the story you’ll be sticking to when trying to blag a backstage pass. You like it loud and you’re probably one half of an indie duo. You’re here for the supporting acts and the late-night jam sessions.Sporting: Burnout or authentic band tees, second-skin leather leggings – switching to distressed denim shorts when the temperature soars – an oversized utility jacket and platform lace-ups.Spiritual Home: Download Festival and Glastonbury.Style Icon: Zoe Kravitz in full Lola Wolf mode.
The Glam GirlYou’re the one with the fresh manicure, and the hair and make-up on point, sipping from a paper cup of freshly poured Moët. You don’t do camping: the smell, the bathroom queues, the mud… but the nearby hotels were fully booked, so you’re grinning and bearing it, after all you’re here to network and collaborate with like-minded souls.Sporting: Crop tops, scalloped shorts, a suede fedora hat and heeled ankle boots – your designer wellies are only in case of mud pools. As for your hair, it’s in an intricately braided updo, because not a drop of mud will touch those tresses.Spiritual Home: Your dot com. You’re fully committed to working your way up from part-time to full-time influencer.Style Icon: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley off duty.
Summer’s on the up and it’s time to finally shed those layers. Stay cool by keeping it simple – then pepper your look with striking accents. Think unique tees, embellished kicks or out-there sunnies. It’s time to throw some shade.
STYLED TO A TEE The T-shirt may seem basic, but does it have to be? Slogan, branded or plain, fitted, oversized or cropped… the options are endless and an impeccable collection will stand you in good stead, allowing you to get creative with your summer ensembles. From the clean lines of James Dean and Brando, to the ripped-up styling of The Ramones, all the way through to the new, hip-hop inspired long-line. No matter your preference, there is one key to the perfect tee – it’s got to be
FRAME IT Statement shades are your one true must-have. Save yourself the squinting (and the ensuing smile lines) and keep a pair on you at all times. To make it easy, when it comes to this season’s hottest styles, it’s a case of anything goes. Keep it classic if that’s your MO or get as loud and proud as you like. With options this bright, you gotta wear shades!
KILLER KICKS Fresh kicks are the linchpin for nailing that nonchalant summer look. After all, it makes a lot of sense to start at the bottom and work your way up. Clean white sneakers are the perennial summer go-to, but why not add a statement sneaker to your collection this season. When it’s too hot to fuss around with the rest of your outfit, cool kicks are a great way to show off your personal style.
The braid is back in a big way – sleek and centre parted, tousled or woven into a crown, we’re all about these easy, breezy styles. Because no one has time for third-day festival hair.
THE MESSY BRAIDLet’s face it, looking flawless and fuss-free is #goals. Time to embrace that messy braid we say.
The steps:1. Give yourself a deep side part, separating your hair in two sections. Then separate each section in two again, which will leave you with four sections of hair.2. Starting with the section on the far left, cross underneath the second section, then over the third section – you get where we’re going with this – as though you were basket weaving your hair. Continue until your hair is completely braided and secure the end with a clear hair tie.3. Gently tug sections of the braid apart to loosen it up a bit, for that Instagrammable ‘I woke up like this’ look.
Wear it with: A slinky slip dress, layered jewels – nothing clunky though – and ankle boots. Carry your essentials in a tan leather backpack.
No matter how handy you are with an iPhone – trying to capture your Gigi-inspired make-up, overpriced (but oh-so-photogenic) jackfruit burger and the awkward dancer in the crowd after a few too many rosés is, quite frankly, impossible.
So if you want to induce FOMO in your followers this festival season (and ensure you have some cracking Snapstories backed up for the long journey home) just read on.
There’s more to Snapchat than face-changing filters; so for those who have moved on from the flower crown, it’s time to discover the number of extra features. Think animated stickers, GIF profile pictures and our favourite Bitmoji add-on that allows users to create their own cartoon character. Total game changer.
Try: Activating airplane mode and creating stories sans Wi-Fi. It will save your data – need we say more?
Love the idea of the great outdoors, but can’t quite do without your creature comforts? We’re talking more of the hot tubbing and less of the mosquito swatting that comes with camping. Home and away, this is glamping at its finest.
DE ETCHYNGHAM, UKTHE SCENEA little retro, a little chic. Geodomes, woodland and wildflowers – oh my! Named after a sixteenth-century medieval castle, you’ll find De Etchyngham on the site where Glottenham castle once stood, overlooking picturesque woodland and lakes.THE SELLING POINTPerfect for those in search of slow paced living, serene scenes or that elusive electronic detox.THE SUITCASEWarm and wet weather gear – so trusty Wellington boots or leather ankle-grazing hiking boots and parkas are just some of your must-haves. In other words, come prepared for an English summer!
MONTESCUDAIO TREEHOUSE, ITALYTHE SCENELaidback luxe. Yes, this is an actual treehouse built around a large oak tree overlooking the sea. It comes with a private yurt that serves as a living room, houses up to five guests and has private bathroom facilities nearby. Need we say more?THE SELLING POINTWhere else can you take in panoramic views of the Tuscan archipelago while getting a dose of R&R? Be warned, living with your feet on the ground may seem like a foreign concept when you touch down.THE SUITCASEAiry kimono tops, bold-hued slip dresses, straw hats, espadrilles – opt for leather ones for an on-trend take – and oversized shades.
Tomboy style has always been a sartorial cult classic – but now more than ever we are seeing menswear-inspired looks saunter down the runway. There’s no question that borrowed-from-the-boys is a look that’s here to stay. And with good reason… it’s just plain cool. Struggling to nail down that effortless, dishevelled vibe? We’re here to help. STRIKE A BALANCEGoing all in on a menswear look can be too much – but go too-girly and you’ve lost that cool girl sensibility. As always with styling, it’s a matter of striking a balance and paying attention to detail. You have to think masculine versus feminine at all times and incorporate elements from both ends of the spectrum. If you’ve got a girly dress, think to yourself, “how can I add edge?” and throw on an oversized blazer, biker jacket or some chunky boots. On the other hand, if you have some tailored pants and abutton-up, think about adding something traditionally feminine like heels.
SHOW YOUR STRENGTHLike anything from coffee to make-up, you first have to determine your own personal level of intensity. This is where it can be good to pick a celeb style to emulate, so start your Pinterest board now. There is also the so-called model off-duty look – a fine tradition pioneered by Freja Beha Erichson and Daria Werboy, carried on today by new models like Binx Walton. If you’re a beginner to tomboy, start on the girlier side of things then kick it up a gear over time.
WATCH YOUR PROPORTIONSIn the same vein as striking a balance between masculine and feminine, you also have to watch your proportions. Oversized and menswear-inspired might be on-trend but you can’t wear all oversized at once. Balance volume with fitted, so if you wear volume on the top, keep it tight on the bottom and vice versa.
ADD SOME POLISHAll of the celeb tomboy style masters have one thing in common, their looks are sprinkled with some feminine elements and a certain amount of sophistication. Whether it be by adding a strong heel or flawless hair and make-up, there is always that push-pull of feminine versus masculine, casual and tailored, unplanned and deliberate. A great way to pull a look together is with accessories. If you’ve gone with a boyish look, add some girlish Mary Janes, sky-highpumps and a traditionally feminine colour or print.
BUILD IT UP If you’re not sure where to start, start small. Add in one element and go for the slow build. Pair a dress with some Oxford lace-ups or chunky boots, or throw a blazer or biker jacket over the top. If you always keep in mind blending female and male energy, you will be well on your way to nailing tomboy style.
There’s more to your look than you know. It only takes a quick peek of street style galleries from Fashion Weeks gone by to see there’s a clear set of tribes emerging in the menswear sphere. Time to know and own your clique we say, because it beats going it alone. The Creative You sport thick-rimmed glasses and you’re never seen without a high-brow ‘zine or journal to scribble in. Face it, you’re a creative intellectual (sub)consciously modelling your look after a bassist or burgeoning artiste. Your style is part cerebral rebel, part off-duty model. Swears by: Oversized trench coats and worn-in leather jackets. Distressed jeans, a slim fitting V-neck tee and lace-up boots are part of your daytime uniform. And when you want to dress it up, you opt for skinnies and throw on a denim button-down shirt. Spotted at: A lesser-known gallery away from the hustle and bustle, debating conceptual art or assemblage. Berlin's Kreuzberg district is your spiritual home. Soundtrack: Anything new, fresh and undiscovered. Indie bands headlining boutique music festivals home or away – would be on your playlist.
You know which style blogs are worth their weight in Yeezys. Either you dabble in style blogging or you frequent fashion weeks like an insider. You’re a style-conscious, selfie-savvy gent and you know it. Swears by: Designer collaborations and anything making the rounds on the runway will go straight to the top of your wish list. You’re eyeing up slogan tees and certain horsebit loafers as we speak. Spotted at: FROW at the latest ingénue designer showcase. By night, you can be seen sampling boundary-pushing dishes at an invite-only gastro pop-up.
Soundtrack: Drake, the latest Bieber album and The Weeknd feature heavily on your playlist, though you might not want to admit it.
Thought summer drinks were all pink bubbles and pina coladas? Au contraire. While crisp rosé and minty Pimms are certainly staples for sun-lit soirees, sometimes one requires a drink with a little more je ne sais quoi. Think South American twists or the paired-back elegance of dance-on-your-tongue Prosecco, shaken up with a bitter and woody sage.
Cocktail mixing is an enviable skill, and these balmy summer nights present the perfect opportunity to try your hand at a little ‘shaken not stirred’ magic. Let’s get mixing…
Ingredients:40ml/1 2⁄3 oz Gin 25ml/1 oz Monbazillac or other Sauternes-esque sweet wine15ml/ 2⁄3 oz Fresh lemon juice10ml/ 1⁄3 oz Saffron syrup (not essential but tasty; use sugar syrup otherwise) 3 chunks Honeydew melon, approx 150g/6oz 1 Sage leaf
Mix it up:Muddle melon and sage in the bottom of a shaker. Add all other ingredients and shake with cubed ice for 6 seconds. Double strain into a cocktail glass.