1. Slinky scarf
For all occasions. To be worn whether hot or cold. This is a fashion statement not necessity. In other words, don’t choose to wear it because it might be chilly. Wear it to complete an outfit and make yourself look like you know what is going on in fashion.
2. Cuff Sandals
You will see these everywhere in the stores and you can get some nice designer rip offs from stores like New Look and Primark.
(BCBG Max Azria)
Ok, it’s important you get this right. Do not run out and buy just any playsuit. In fact don’t buy any playsuit that isn’t in silk. Alright, let’s narrow it down even further. The only playsuit you should buy is this one by Gucci. I think I have tried it on a few hundred times already. It is an item that has the ability to make you feel like the sexiest creature on earth as you slink through Knightsbridge in four inch heels. Run now and throw down that American Express.
4. White Dress
Preferable strapless but as simple or as complex as you would like to go. Pair it with a tan and you have the perfect everyday summer outfit. One thing to keep in mind – the simpler the dress the more often you can pair with different killer accessories and therefore justifying the £500 or more you shell out for it in the first place. See, I just erased buyer’s remorse for you completely.
5. Strapless Dress
In fact, the Versace dress pictured above works two of the summer must haves. Strapless dresses are totally chic. It’s time to break out these little skin flaunters and show off the gorgeous shoulders and arms you have been working on all winter! Dare to be funky with fabris and patterns. These dresses are less about themselves and more about showing what you are made of off to the public.
(Oscar de la Renta)
6. Brown Belt
Ok so perhaps I am a little biased when it comes to Ralph Lauren but I do think the man has impeccable taste that has yet to be replicated with a younger generation designer. This is worrying as Ralph cannot live forever, sadly. But here I am getting off track completely. In his Spring/Summer 2009 Collection one accessory we see over and over again is the brown belt. It is braided, a thick leather, adorned with gold rings…but it’s everywhere. I love it low slung but it also appears in high waisted fashion.
7. Single shoulder dress
Tamara Mellon has sworn by these dresses for years. Last year they really took off on the high street and these year we have seen the trend continue with great strength both on the runways and on the high street. Again, simplicity rules here.
(Oscar de la renta – Cruise Collection)
8. Shirt Dress
Easy and Elegant, these are the dresses that you can throw on with or without a belt and a strand of pearls.They are seen everywhere from the Hamptons to St. Tropez and they are light and breezy enough to withstand the occasional heatwave we may find this summer in London. Also a great investment piece that can be worn in any season with the right extras.
(Diane von Furstenberg – Cruise Collection)
9. Nude – anything at all
Just about anything you see in a nude or flesh colour – buy it immediately. You cannot go wrong here. It is the colour of the season!
10. Boyfriend Style Blazer
The oversized blazer is key. It can be thrown over anything, a dress (the strapless would be perfect to keep you warm on chilly nights), jeans or wide leg trousers. Roll or push up the sleeves for that 80s revamp twist.