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How to staycation this summer

How to staycation this summer

 

We're all about planning every detail of our holidays, from researching the best restaurants to booking tours to the most Instagram-worthy spots. But what about all of the wonderful sites and scenes here in the UK? From punting in Oxford to 99s at the seaside and picking berries in the great British countryside, there are a number of things to do to make you realise that staying in England for your summer holiday is no bad thing at all. I mean, no limited baggage allowance should be reason enough to induce appreciation for a classic staycation. Just like jetting off on holiday, you'll want to look stylish every step of the way, so browse below for staycation style inspiration.

 

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Spend a day at the seaside


Dressing for a seaside day in the UK can be a challenge, whether you're on a pebble beach in Wales or spending an afternoon by Brighton Pier, the trick is in the layering. A bright and breezy printed shirt is an ideal throw on piece that you can wear over a bikini and will keep you sun-safe and cool. Or if you plan on side-stepping the sun basking, a classic denim dungaree is a comfy staple and looks great paired with a lightweight shirt. Accessories-wise, opt for a large beach bag to tote your SPF and gin-in-a-tin. 


 

 

 

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City break

 

It's a real treat to get a chance to explore your city, from afternoons spent gallery-hopping to discovering a new favourite spot for an iced coffee - you'd be amazed what you can find when you wander off the beaten track that is your daily commute. Or you can jump on a train and discover the sights of a new city for a day. Either way, comfort is key, so try pairing walk-for-miles sliders or a sporty-chic trainer and a statement midi dress. Keep your hands free for snapping some pictures and pouring wine with a perfectly sized cross-body bag.




 

 

 

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Country retreat


Whether you visit a chocolate box village, sleepy seaside town, or historic house, the English countryside is overrun with idyllic options to explore. For relaxed, holiday fashion you need to balance comfort and elegance, so opt for a pretty linen jumpsuit and comfortable slides. A jumpsuit is cool and comfy for warm days spent exploring and can be easily dressed up with some accessories and a touch of lippy for chilled evening drinks at the pub - just pack a summery utility jacket in case of summer showers.



 

 
 
 

 

 
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How to dress for a wedding in 2019

How to dress for a spring wedding 

 

At certain periods of life, your summer consists not of said holiday, festival or family trip but rather of a copious amount of weddings. As friends and family get hitched, this can mean a lot of dithering about what to wear. Weddings – and wedding outfits – have changed a lot and today’s rulebook can be a confusing one. So what do you wear to a spring wedding in 2019? Well, we happen to know… 

 

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The summer look

We’re declaring 2019 the year of the suit. The Spring/Summer 2019 catwalks were a sonnet to tailoring and more specifically reimagined tailoring. Instead of traditional fits, suits were slouchy and roomy – think dad in an ‘80s office. This look is great for summer weddings. A looser fit has the benefit of breeziness, a built-in air-conditioning if you will. Swap your standard shirt for a t-shirt, tucked in, or a micro checked shirt. Black can look poorly dressed funeral director-esque so go for a grey with a slight sheen.

In other catwalk news, suits of varied colourways took to the floor. Sugary pastels, stone and even neon brights made an appearance. This is a brilliant look to channel full summer vibes.

The modern look

At the same time that fluid suits are a trend, tailoring has also gone close-cut. The rules of suit trousers hitting your shoes are no longer mandatory, but rather trousers tapered above the ankle with summer's very favourite shoe, the loafer, is the modern way to wear suiting. Here a shirt is not needed – try a graphic tee, choosing one that incorporates the hue of your suit. Not only does this say contemporary but it’s super practical for balmy summer days too. Excellent. 

 

 

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3 ways to style suits this summer

3 ways to wear tailoring this summer

With spring/summer fashion taking over the shops, there are plenty of new trends and styles to try right now. But if you're going to commit to one new look this season, we suggest making it a suit. Serving up some empowering Working Girl vibes, the suit is back in full force for the season ahead, and this time, it's not just reserved for the office. Whether you want to try an '80s-inspired check blazer, a statement pink trouser suit or a chic, summer-friendly short suit, there's a take on the trend for everyone. Here are three ways to style it out this season. 

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Hey shorty


With steamy tube platforms and malfunctioning air-con days at the office on the horizon, we couldn’t be more thankful that the short suit trend is having a moment. Perfect for those who dread finding office-appropriate summer dresses, you'll feel sophisticated and cool (literally) with practically no effort in a breezy, pale-hued pairing. The best part? You can wear the pieces on their own or mix and match for a plethora of outfit options – the shorts will look great with a t-shirt and sandals or draped over the shoulders with a floaty maxi dress and trainers.

 


 

 

 

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Eye candy

 

Is there anything that makes us feel more summery than a splash of colour? We think not. A statement suit is an easy route to chic - no wonder then that it's become a favourite with the street-style set. Surprisingly versatile, a candy-pink suit can be dressed down with a white tee and trainers for the weekend. After dark, add statement earrings, barely-there heels and a mini satchel bag for a glorious retro feel. 




 

 

 

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Check, please 


Once upon a time, we might have thought that this kind of retro two-piece should be confined to your 9-5, but not anymore. Boxy, checked suits have broken free from their boardroom bounds, and although they still make an undeniably chic work look, they become even cooler when paired with a classic white tee and mules by day and barely anything else for evening. Shoe-wise we suggest a chunky heeled sandal or flat slides when the weather permits or a chunky trainer for days on the move.

 



 

 
 

 

 
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How to wear yellow

How to wear yellow

 

Strap yourself in - this new It colour is not for the faint of heart. If you usually side-step yellow shades, we're here to make a case for giving it a whirl. As decreed by Pantone, golden shades of yellow are the season’s standout colour, with the earthy marigold known as Golden Aspen reigning supreme. Seen as much on the streets as the catwalk, this happy hue is surprisingly versatile. However high-vis you decide to go, wearing yellow is guaranteed to add some optimism to your summer wardrobe. Here are three ways to wear the trend that have us inspired to dress - and look - on the bright side...

 

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Sunny separates


A pair of ochre, tailored trousers could be a great addition to your summer wardrobe. Channel Stevie Nicks and pair with a floaty blouse and rope wedges for a boho, '70s vibe that’s perfect for a summer evening. Alternatively, keep them cool and casual with a slogan tee, trainers and cat-eye sunglasses. 


 

 

 

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The summer dress

 

Let's call it the Amal Clooney effect because ever since we saw her attend the royal wedding in that yellow Stella McCartney dress, we've been lusting after sunshine-hued frocks to emulate her look every summer. Whether you opt for a block-coloured style or a pretty, floral-patterned iteration, a yellow dress is a sure way to stand out.




 

 

 

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Colour-pop accessories


If you’re a tad shade-shy and the idea of donning top-to-toe yellow is a bit much, try incorporating the trend with flashes of the cheery hue throughout your accessories. A sunshine yellow bag will look chic with a white dress, or try a pair of jazzy yellow sandals with light-wash jeans and linen trousers. 



 

 
 

 

 
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