Is your summer style sorted yet? What’s the sartorial theme? Shorts and tees? All about the dress? Or a bit of a whatever-you-find-at-the-back-of-your-wardrobe? We’ve cast our beady eye over Hush’s summer collection and picked our favourite three trends. Because when your style’s sorted, it makes life just that little bit easier.
This photo of us on bikes (yes – we rode them. In the rain.) represents British summer style rather well – as it features three summer essentials: a pretty sundress (for those scorching, blue-sky days), wellies (for the sudden downpours), and a denim jacket (for the evening cool). In anticipation of more of the same (i.e. blazing days, sudden downpours, unseasonably cool/warm/whatever) – we’ve cherry-picked our favourite trends and tried them on. Purely in the name of research, you understand, we didn’t have fun (or cake) at all…
I know, I know. Florals in the summer – not exactly the most daring suggestion we’ve ever made. But if ever a print said ‘summer’, it is a floral. Picnics, lazy beach days, parties, weddings (note the flower garden of frocks on show at the royal nuptials) – it’s a default go-to for a reason. A dress is an obvious choice (I adore this Peyton dress with its floral-brushstroke design. The smocking and shoulder ties are my current favourite summer dress details), but if head-to-toe makes you baulk, try teaming florals with denim. Boyfriend jeans or cut-off shorts really dial down the pretty factor.
My grandmother was insistent that black was Not Done in summer. (She had many views on the sartorial fitness of things – I recall them with much fondness. Notably her views as to which Chanel perfume was appropriate for which age, and the ‘scrunch test’ to ascertain how well a fabric would wash. Ideally not performed in full view of a sales assistant). Loathe as I am to contradict her, black absolutely should be done in summer. Hundreds of wedded-to-monochrome French women cannot be wrong.
Unlike white, it does not merge into winter-white skin. Later when – by sun or by spray – you have some colour, it looks deeply chic with a tan (I’ve already mentally added this Portobello dress to my holiday suitcase). It’s a no-brainer for day to evening (if I know I have to go straight from work to play and I don’t have much time to get dressed, I reach for a black dress). Alex wore this jumpsuit for a day of coffee, cake and shooting (throw on this summer denim jacket), but it would also take you out for drinks – just add statement earrings and shoes (and perhaps swap the basket for something a little sleeker…)
If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it 100 times: leopard is a neutral. We love it with stripes. We love it with the aforementioned black. We love it with leather (Alex is wearing it with this jacket and this top). We love a leopard highlight on an otherwise plain outfit. We also love a big old clash – anyone for leopard and florals?
Please don’t be put off by the lead time on this skirt: it is a wardrobe hero piece and totally worth the wait. You will wear it and wear it. AND it will look as good cometh autumn with a knit and trainers as it does now with a tee. However, if you want your leopard fix sooner, try this dress.
1. Portobello top, £59; 2. Hampstead top, £65; 3. Cleo jumpsuit, £85; 4. Tassel earrings, £28; 5. Santorini bag, £59; 6. Twist back dress, £89; 7. Striped metallic skirt, £59; 8. Leopard maxi skirt, £59; 9. Slides, £99 Striped skirt, £59
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