Summer is one of the most difficult times of year to dress for. Though it’s a season of beautiful jersey dresses and bright colours, it’s also a season of being hot and uncomfortable. Luckily, with the right summer wardrobe knowledge it’s possible to have a wardrobe that’s stylish and leaves you feeling your best right through until autumn. That means no uncomfortably tight shorts, no painful sandals and no heavy fabrics that leave you a sweaty mess by lunchtime.

Rules for a Stylish and Comfortable Summer Wardrobe

Choose loose items and avoid tight-fitting dresses
It may sound simple, but many people underestimate the benefits of choosing loose fabrics for your summer wardrobe. Though it may be tempting to choose tighter items with little fabric with the theory that less clothing means you’ll stay cooler, this isn’t always the case. Loose linen trousers, flowy tops with big sleeves and oversized jersey dresses are comfortable and look great. Plus, you won’t be left with any unsightly sweat marks on those really hot days. The Robin Dress is a great example of how something that be looser in fit and still flattering. 

Robin Dress Summer Wardrobe

Opt for light fabrics over heavier alternatives
Just because something is in the summer section of your favourite store doesn’t mean it’ll make for a good addition to your wardrobe. A lot of summer clothing – formal tops and dinner dresses especially – are made using heavy fabric that hangs close to the body. Though they may tick all the boxes in terms of style, the chances are you won’t feel comfortable in the heat. Most trends will be available in summer-friendly fabrics if you shop around. The Blue Carmen Top and No Frills Pink Top are gorgeous additions for any summer wardrobe.

Carmen Top Summer Wardrobe

Remember, comfortable shoes can be stylish too!
Many of us hear the words ‘comfortable shoe’ and assume they’re going to be boring, plain and out of fashion; this is rarely the case. Take the Dina Salmon Sandals, they are brightly coloured and perfect for the summer months. A pair of well-fitting sandals should be a wardrobe staple for all women during the summer months. Not only do they look great with a variety of different outfits and looks, but they’re a much comfier option for long days out.Dina Sandals Summer Wardrobe

Don’t underestimate the versatility of a good pair of light trousers.
Light trousers look great regardless of age or event, it’s just a case of finding a pair that you feel great in. Nowadays, summer trousers are available in different styles, lengths and colours – so there’s something for everyone! They are perfect for getting your wardrobe ready for summer as they look great teamed with anything. These Lala White Culottes are a versatile pair that are perfect for keeping cool at garden parties or shopping trips with friends.Culottes Summer Wardrobe

Whether you’re looking for dresses for ascot or elegant dresses for work, don’t let the fact that it’s summer dishearten you. With a few staple pieces in the right type of fabric, you’ll find yourself with a great choice of stylish outfits that are as on trend as they are comfortable.

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After discovering the stylish and comfortable Spanish sandal whilst on holiday in Menorca Marianne Pope set up Varca to bring the traditional shoe to a British audience. These artisan sandals originated in the Balearic Islands and are today worn by everyone from children to adults. Varca’s sandals are still produced in Menorca and are hand finished to a high standard. Yet the brand blends age old Spanish craftsmanship with up to date British style by using the latest colour palettes and fashionable prints. The result is sandals that are comfortable and stylish, practical and attractive, traditional yet modern; in essence Varca’s sandals are the ultimate summer shoe ideal for both the beach and the city streets.

Varca’s sandals stick to the traditional shape that inspired Marianne to found the brand yet the Spanish style has been tweaked slightly to fit a contemporary lifestyle. A lighter rubber sole makes the brand’s classic sandals easy to pack and to carry whilst Varca’s wedge heeled designs are practical enough for the beach and stylish enough for an evening out. This season Varca’s use of metallics and animal prints ensures that their collection looks thoroughly up to date; the brand may stick to classic designs but that does not mean they ignore current trends. These are sandals that would slot neatly into a fashion conscious suitcase; a pair of Varca sandals would not look out place with even the most fashionable outfit yet their timeless design also means that they will last for many holidays to come.

Flat shoes have very much hit the fashion consciousness; gone are the days of tottering around on stilettos now comfy stylish flats are the order of the day. Varca’s easy to wear traditional sandals are made in this spirit; these are shoes that possess classic style and durability but also have a distinctive and unique charm. Free from pretence but undeniably attractive these little Spanish sandals could, quite easily, conquer the world.

Hannah Balsdon 

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Aspiga founder Lucy Macnamara launched her accessories brand in 2006 after visiting Kenya and being impressed by the quality of the country’s handmade products. Aspiga is a brand dedicated to bringing this stunning African craftsmanship to a wider audience. The brand sources its beautifully crafted sandals and bags from small suppliers in Kenya and India providing local communities with much needed employment. This is fashion that really celebrates the skills of craftspeople that produce it; the handcrafted nature of Aspiga’s designs gives them an individuality and uniqueness rarely found in summer accessories. Unlike many summer sandals and bags Aspiga’s pieces combine both style and substance. These are not sandals to be worn one summer and then cast aside, similarly these are pieces designed to channel some short term fashion trend; in contrast these are accessories with heart and personality.

Aspiga’s current offering features bags and sandals ideal for both holidays abroad and summertime in the city. The brand has a distinctly well travelled bohemian aesthetic but whereas other brands may attempt similar exotic ‘look’ Aspiga produce it with sincerity and integrity. These are not pieces designed to look like they came from Africa these are products that actually come from the continent. Craftsmanship and integrity aside Aspiga’s designs have a wide ranging appeal; boho they may be but they are also attractive enough to please any style conscious holiday goer or sun worshipper. These are sandals that would look as good by the pool of a 5 star resort as they would at a free spirited festival. A pair of exotic Aspiga sandals or a colourful Aspiga bag could be teamed with denim shorts for a sunny day in the city or with a bikini for a day on the beach.

Aspiga’s designs are indeed unique, striking and colourful yet they are also surprisingly versatile and even practical. In essence Aspiga products are beautifully crafted sunny weather staples for women everywhere.

Hannah Balsdon

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After seeking out the perfect summer swimsuit, the best possible kaftan and the ideal festival ensemble summer sandals can often seem like a bit of an afterthought; it can sometimes be very difficult to get excited about such a functional piece of summer footwear. Yet boutique shoe brand La Paire puts the humble sandal on a pedestal; the brand’s handmade, well crafted designs are appealing and chock full of summertime style. These are sandals for sandy beaches, bohemian festivals and adventures in the sun. Well made and practical yet attractive and stylish La Paire sandals would make a fitting addition to any holiday wardrobe; these sandals are destined not to be the weak link of your perfect pool or beach side outfit but its crowning glory.

La Paire shoes are stylish and feminine without being too trendy; these are sandals that will last through not only this summer but the next summer as well. The brand’s aesthetic is elegant almost to the point of being glamorous yet the brand’s designs also possess a free spirited bohemian charm ideal for sunnier climes.  In essence whatever your holiday destination a pair of La Paire sandals would make an excellent travelling companion. These are sandals that could be worn by the pool or on a white sandy beach, in a swanky hotel or youthful hostel; they could even work at a music festival. The sandals elegant but functional design also makes them very versatile; this is footwear you can wear on the beach during the day and then dust off to wear at a bar during the evening.

La Paire create the holiday ready sandals; sandals designed to look good in a variety of holiday situations. These are sandals that will both fit snugly into your suitcase and pack a real sartorial punch when you reach your destination. In short this is holiday footwear at its finest and most packable.

Hannah Balsdon 

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