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British Style Made Easy

Hayley Nolan tells us what we’ll be wearing this summer

Written by . Published on June 10th 2011.


British Style Made Easy

Block Colours

Block ColoursBlock ColoursWe’d all heard bold, block colours are going to be the summer knock out trend, but were perhaps a little scared and unsure how to wear them till a certain Ms Cheryl Cole (who else?) showed us the way. Flying the British fashion flag at recent American X Factor auditions in a striking orange top, purple trousers and accessorised with a wide, mint green belt, Cole perfectly demonstrated how to attack this trend with confidence, conviction and charisma. Not one for the faint hearted, colours need to be loud and uninterrupted by print or too much detail. But if pairing garish colours still feels a little ambitious, start out with one block colour to make one big impact. Keep it simple with this orange Trudy Dress by Jarlo, £60, with a thin gold belt. Don’t feel the need to complicate pieces by adding too many accessories, let the colour do all the work and you’ll make a huge statement. For stockists visit www.JarloLondon.com.

 

Preppy

Preppy EspritPreppy EspritThe preppy look isn’t just exclusive to the American Ivy League campus anymore. We Brits have put our firm stamp on the trend and it screams “I don’t do fashion – I just happen to look great.” The key is to mix classic garments, such as a tailored blazer with slouchy sweat pants and tank tops. Esprit do a great range of bright and breezy blazers, like this cotton blazer in vibrant navy (£65), which when teamed with an unlikely pair of grey joggers and ankle boots, is painfully cool without looking like you tried. Remember to keep hair natural, almost messy, to complete the look. But if you’re more of a put together kinda gal, try a simple, tailored short dress accessorised with flat shoes, tanned legs and dressed down with an oversized knitted cardigan (raid your nana’s wardrobe). For stockists visit www.Esprit.co.uk.

 

Festival Chic

FestivalFestivalYou’re spoilt for choice with celebrity examples of how to do festival chic; Kate Moss, Alexa Chung, Emma Watson are all fans of this trend. If you’re going for classic festival style then it’s all about distressed jean shorts, socks rolled to just under the knee worn with wellies – don’t be tempted to go for patterned wellingtons, it’s not hip and it’s not clever – just wear a classic green Hunter (£69). But if Alexa Chung and Florence Welch’s off-beat style is more your bag then layers are the way forward. Take a simple white or cream lace dress, like this Eavis Frock at Frock and Frill (£60), which creates the perfect base from which you simply add layers; a dark waistcoat, braided belt, lightweight jacket, chunky boots and accessorize to the max with lots of muted, earth-tone jewellery (we’re talking long necklaces, perhaps even a retro daisy chain) and the look is complete. For stockists visit www.FrockAndFrill.com.

 

Statement Prints

Statement PrintStatement PrintIt seems you can’t go wrong with bold prints; wear one item and you’re on trend, clash various printed garments and you’re Carrie Bradshaw. Do beware of overkill though, so avoid head-to-toe eye-catching prints unless it’s summer’s must have item, the jumpsuit. If you’re not usually this loud with your clothes but want to give the style a go then head on over to Ruby Rocks, where you’re sure to find a style that speaks to your own personal tastes. Try a girly item with a fun print – we particularly love this ’80s-inspired banana print dress (£49). Also Hannah Makes Things (HannahMakesThings.com) is a great online jewellery store that make some amazing pieces that pop in a firm nod to this trend. But c’mon ladies, no plastic jewellery if you are over the age of 26. For stockists visit www.RubyRocks.co.uk.

 

Young Royals

Young RoyalYoung RoyalThe Sloane Ranger style had a bit of a boring bad rep until Kate Middleton turned her safe style into a Royal wardrobe to die for! Done right, this trend is classic, effortless and chic, but overdo it and you run the risk of looking older than your years. Follow the Duchess of Cambridge’s lead when it comes to wrap dresses and invest in a timeless Issa-inspired dress that will flatter all shapes. London’s favourite discount retailer TK Maxx do a stunning navy blue version (pictured here) for £29.99. But if you prefer not to show off your legs then take a leaf out of Her Royal Hotness, Pippa Middleton’s book and team white slim fitting or skinny jeans with camel coloured flats and finish off with a simple shirt or loose fitting, pastel tank top, depending how casual you want to play it. For stockists visit www.Tkmaxx.com.

 

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