Creating a Summer Wadrobe Capsule

This season, however, I’ve devised a hassle-free summer capsule, which will take you gorgeously from work to play, day to night.

Choose a scheme of 3 great colours, and hit the shops! You’ll find these great basics anywhere. Just find what works for you. Best if you can use Charity shops, vintage or second hand shops.

The Capsule

1 pair of lightweight trousers – the lighter the better. Side fastening, wide and straight styles are most flattering, and go with just about everything. Avoid side pockets. In summer, streamlined is better.

1 pair of tailored shorts – knee length for an elegantly flattering look. These can be dressed down with ballet pumps or flip-flops, or worn with killer heels for added va va voom.

2 skirts – 1 denim, I lightweight cotton or silk. Alternatively, you could snap up this season’s most ingenious must-have – the Gap reversible skirt. In gathered cotton, it’s just below knee length, and has one side plain and one side printed.

At least 1 dress – Make it versatile, something you can wear sightseeing, but also dress up for dinner. A classic shift or shirt dress would fit the bill, but wrapover styles are still the order of the day for curvy girls.

3 plain cotton jersey tops – halter neck, t-shirt or camisole, it’s up to you. Choose one in each of your colours.

1 floaty kaftan – My absolute must-have. Great as a cover-up on the beach, but also great for day or evening with your lightweight trousers, dressed up or down.

2 casual tops – a crisp white shirt would tie in well here. So would a short-sleeved cotton or silk tunic

1 evening top – choose something in your strongest colour

1 lightweight cashmere cardigan – an elegant cover-up when the sun goes down. V-necks will work with almost anything. Choose one of your 3 colours, and then add:

A soft sarong in a different colour. You can wear this as an evening cover-up, or skirt-style on the beach.

1 pair of comfy flats – ballet pumps or moccasins

1 pair of fabulous flip-flops – jewelled or floral are fun

1 pair of heeled sandals – wedges are great. Opt for metallic. They’ll blend with absolutely anything.

Now all you need do is throw in some up-to-the-minute sunglasses, aviator or large 70s style, a floppy hat, a bikini, a one-piece swimsuit and a large canvas tote.

And that’s pretty much it.

SunglassesNo doubt you’ll have some of these items already. Add the rest, and you’ve got a fail-safe summer survival kit. From the capsule described, you can achieve over 50 different looks.

Sounds to me as if a sartorial summer is well and truly sorted.

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