Cool summer layering is the way to stay fresh and unflustered when it’s hotter than a palm house in a heat wave.
Working freelance, I am quite the fan of easy-going, loose co-ordinates or what’s become known as ‘pyjama dressing’. Worn the right way, a relaxed two-piece can take you from spare room to boardroom, and beyond.
Think polished rather than pyjama party; avoid mules, slides and shoes that look like slippers. This easy breezy look works just as well with separates: a printed, patterned or plain tunic or shirtdress over wide-leg trousers brings a lovely floaty-ness to a high summer wardrobe.
For another take on the elegant, bohemian vibe, the kimono top is having a moment and is rather chic teamed with a pair of linen trousers and leather sandals.
Swap for straight-legs if flares are a little too wafty for your liking. A wrap-over linen shirt gives the same effect as a kimono top but with a little more structure, and looks great over patterned or plain trousers.
And don’t dismiss the jumpsuit. I’m an ardent fan of the all-in-one – it’s my summer go-to. The perfect way to save time in the morning and that, to me, balances out any toilet trauma – just make sure you don’t leave it till the last minute.
How to make the jumpsuit work for you
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Keep it simple
Of course, there are no rules on how to ‘do’ the bohemian look, though I would always recommend keeping the silhouette simple by choosing clean lines over flamboyant ruffles and frills.
Make the right kind of statement
Kaftan dresses make perfect easy-going daywear. Just opt for a crisp cotton style with an eye-catching print, like this palm print version from Jaeger, £225, or embroidery rather than something that’s been in the holiday drawer for the last decade.
Mix it up
Clashing prints can look fantastic. Coordinate one colour – perhaps a blue patterned kaftan with blue trousers – for continuity and a more complimentary combination.
Alyson Walsh is the author of Know Your Style and blogs at thatsnotmyage.com
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