Fashion columnist and influencer Joanne Hegarty explains how to dress for summer.
If the seasons were people, fall would be the sophisticated woman, all in camel coats and elegant knitwear, while winter is the cold-hearted one everyone wants to get away with.
Spring is the most fun, which shows up in a beautiful dress and makes many exciting projects.
But summer is the best. She is warm, easy-going and elegantly carefree. Picnics, swimming pools, travel adventures, daytime drinks, sun on your face.
But summer is going way too fast, so here’s how I’m going to make the most of our time together and enjoy every last style moment of the season…
- I reduce the size of leather handbags and focus on those that can sit in the crook of your arm. The bins look bulky and it is better to store them until October. The only substantial bag I carry is a basket. I recently hunted the Loewe one (above) on the pre-loved Vestiaire Collective.
- My lifelong goal is to become a more thoughtful buyer. Everything I buy, I like to think, “I’ll still be wearing this in 30 years and I’ll be so chic.” A white pantsuit was one of those wardrobe splurges I didn’t know I needed until this summer. Together, it packs a punch; Worn separately, the pants and blazer go with everything I own.
- Less is more when it comes to summer. Too much bling can over-complicate things and weigh you down. During the day, I wear minimalist pieces: a bracelet and a necklace with golden links. For sweet evenings, all you need is your favorite dress, a cocktail ring or a pair of wow earrings.
- An oversized linen or poplin shirt is perfect for lazy weekend mornings or on vacation over beachwear. Plus, in the summer, they achieve that rare balance of chic and laid-back.
- Grecian style sandals add a bohemian touch to your wardrobe. I particularly like the Ancient Greek Sandals brand, but if you’re thinking of investing in a designer pair, I recommend the Oran sandals from Hermès, which you can get new or used. My pair lasted six summers and are still going strong.
- Packing cubes work especially well with summer wardrobes and have been a game changer for me when it comes to family vacations. They can be used for clothing, shoes, hard-to-wrap toiletries, and hair tools such as straighteners. I found some very solid ones totalwardrobecare.co.uk.
RUMORS OF A TV HIT
Expect plenty of glamor in your wardrobe in the TV adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s book daisy jones & The six. Not so secretly inspired by Fleetwood Mac, it chronicles the rise and fall of a fictional band in 1970s Los Angeles. The cast is a motley crew of cool girls, including Riley Keough (above), Camila Morrone and Suki Waterhouse. On Amazon Prime Video this fall.
THE BOX FOR YOUR ROCKS
Anissa Kermiche is famous for the ‘bum’ vase and I also love this jewelry box from her (£275, net-a-porter.com). In addition to being practical, it looks like a work of art. A perfect gift for a special birthday.
I love nothing more than finding a piece on the high street that looks way more than its price. This linen-blend culottes from Zara (£49.99) is a great example. Sure to be a holiday hit.
Follow me on Instagram @thestylistandthewardrobe
PHOTO: VICTORIA METAXAS