Sunny Summer Style – Weekly Wishlist

Fed up looking out the window at rain, snow, hail and the rest? So are we. So, we’re focusing on summer style in this week’s weekly wishlist, and anticipating some fun in the sun.

Hopefully we’ll get some nice weather of our own, but if not, and you’re lucky enough to be jetting off somewhere warm, you’ll need to invest in some sunny summer style pieces. Bikinis, swimwear, cover-ups, hats, bags, sunnies – summer style never looked so hot!

First up is a bikini, and we agree, it’s a sunny summer style minefield, so take some time to choose, and pay attention to your bodyshape to make sure you get the right style for you.

We adore Floozie by FrostFrench’s sunflower bikini with big, high-waisted retro pants (top, £26.50, bottoms, £20, Debenhams). New Look’s neon stripe bikini (top, £14.99, bottoms, £7.99) is something skimpier, if that’s your summer style.

One-pieces are as sexy as bikinis, and can be more stylish and more flattering. We adore Louche @ JOY’s red structured retro style costume (£35) – it has lacing up the back as well. Butterfly by Matthew Williamson’s digital print tiger suit (£42, Debenhams) will cause a stir at the beach or the pool, agreed?

And BHS’s monochrome swimsuit (£28) has ruching at the side, and a detachable halter for versatile sunny summer style

New Look are the masters of novelty handbags, and this year you can get into the tropical mood with either a sequinned pineapple bag (£19.99) or a glittery scallop shell (£12.99). Or both if you must!

Get that pedicure booked in and get some summer sandals on your feet (maybe not in the rain, but get some in – the sun is coming, we promise you). BHS’s metallic gladiators ar comfy and cute (£25). Or how about something a bit more out there with Schuh’s embellished sandals (£35).

Weekly wishlist fun in the sun summer style

A beach cover-up is always a good idea on holiday – sunburn is never a good look. The zig zag pattern of the Principles by Ben De Lisi kaftan (£32, Debenhams) is super-fun, as are the cute tassel ties. If something more muted is your sunny summer style, then French Connection’s beautiful neutral two-tone kaftan (£50) is for you.

A hat is a great idea in the sun right? New Look’s two-tone floppy straw hat (£12.99) is huge! BHS’s retro tortoiseshell sunglasses (£7) are perfect for vintage style lovers.

We also love the retro-inspired chevron striped beach/shopper bag from BHS (£15) which comes in a variety of colours. H&M’s cute coral shorts are a fab bargain at £6.99, down from £12.99, and New Look’s cute cropped Bardot top (£9.99) is a sunny summer style on-trend musthave and what’s more summery than lovely yellow?

And there are non-cropped versions too, if you don’t fancy baring your midriff.

Here’s to sunny summer style – let’s hope we see the sun soon!


Easy Summer Style

It’s lovely all this sunny, proper summer weather, but it’s quite hard to dress for, agreed? Well, er, no. It’s actually pretty simple to get easy summer style if you just follow a few rules.

Last night on a walk through the park, temperatures at about 26 degrees Celcius, I spotted more than a few pairs of black opaque tights, and jeans. No! Enough of this stupidity. This is not any sort of summer style, never mind easy summer style.

You don’t have to bare all your flesh when the sun comes out! if you don’t love your legs, and don’t want then on display, black tights are not going to cut it in the summer months. You’ll just overheat, and feel, and look, ridiculous.

Easy summer style designed to cover legs comes in the shape of a maxi dress or skirt, or wide-legged loose, comfortable trousers.

Team your maxi skirt with a free-flowing top, add some simple sandals and a sloucy bag, and bingo – easy summer style achieved!

easy summer style fourClockwise, from left: Floral maxi skirt, £130, French Connection, bucket bag, £22 (was £45, JOY, asymmetric top, £12.99, H&M, sandals, £40, Schuh

If you like trousers, then wide-legged versions are perfect for hot summer days. Team them with a simple vest. Add a draped jacket if you feel you need it.

easy summer style fiveClockwise, from top left: white vest, £12. BHS, sandals, £17.99, New Look, wide-legged trousers, £14.99, H&M, leather bag, £79.95, GAP

A simple, throw-it-on jersey wrap style dress in a pretty pastel is the perfect easy summer style to see you through the day. Add a colourful tote bag and some Birkenstocks for extra comfortable style.

easy summer style threeClockwise, from left: Dress, £24, BHS, tote bag, £29.95, GAP, Birkenstocks, £55, Schuh

If you do want to show off your legs, then try some short shorts, and go for your easy summer style with a festival vibe. Add a slouchy vest in a bold colour, and a kimono – a huge summer trend this year. Embellished sandals make this outfit a day through to night option.

easy summer style twoClockwise, from top left: kimono, £34.99, New Look, white 1969 sexy boyfriend shorts, £29.95, GAP, yellow vest, £7.99, H&M, embellished sandals, £19.99, New Look

Jumpsuits and playsuits are excellent easy summer style. They are SO comfortable! Go for a wide-legged jumpsuit for cover and comfort. Add a rucksack and a floppy hat for a slouchy summer look.

easy summer fashion oneClockwise, from top left: Jumpsuit, £75, French Connection, floppy hat, £18, Floozie by FrostFrench @ Debenhams, sandals, £25, BHS, rucksack, £35, H! by Henry Holland @ Debenhams

So, there you have easy summer style, and not a pair of black tights in sight!

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