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Adara print skirt, £75, Coast

Adara print skirt, £75, Coast

Okay, brace yourself, this skirt is the starting point for today’s Style/Time post. I know, bright is the word. (And perhaps a little Doris Day….) But bear with me. It’s not as scary as it looks, colour-shy readers. AND you can wear it for work (unless you work in a mega-corporate environment) and it’s a shoo-in for the wedding season.

For everyday wear, think Carolina Herrera (the woman has about a gazillion white shirts – I know this because when I interviewed her, years ago, she was wearing said shirt with a fabulous gold skirt, and confessed she had lost count of the number of white shirts she possessed) and opt for a classic, crisp, white shirt. This season, when it comes to shirts, it’s all about buttoning them right up to the top. (All part of the modesty movement i.e. fashion has turned its back on flesh-baring.) Here are two options: investment versus high street steal: Carven white shirt, £230, my-wardrobe; formal clean structured shirt, £32, Topshop














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I’d probably opt for a simple shoe, here. The skirt does all the talking for you. The court is a can’t-go-wrong classic in the best shade of rose pink, but I am also partial to a wedge sandal that looks (to my mind) very ‘holiday in the South of France’. (Whistles French 75 pink court shoes, £125; Steve Madden platform wedges, £65, Asos)

Keep your bag small and simple – although I do favour a bright shade. If you have yet to discover Mimi Berry – then do so forthwith. The bags are fabulous: beautifully made, luxe without being unaffordable and classic in shape and style.

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Mimi Berry Daniel clutch, £72; Mimi Berry Eric, £183

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