Summer doesn’t have to be all about tight fitting t-shirts and tiny shorts. Often, the thing you need on a hot day is a blend of comfort and style, and that’s easy to find if you know where to look. From long, loose trousers to floaty tunics and beautiful skirts, you can stay cool and look great when the warmer weather arrives.
Feminine summer styles
Feeling feminine is what summer is all about. Floral prints, pretty colours, lovely layers and flattering forms can all help to put us in the relaxing, comfortable frame of mind we need – whether it’s for a summer barbeque or a getaway to the beach. Who needs restrictive waistbands, clinging fabrics and uncomfortable fastenings? Instead, you want clothing that looks good, feels great, is easy to look after and doesn’t cost the earth.
For looser, lovable clothing, look for styles where some real thought has gone into the fabric, cut and style. For example, linen is always a winner in the summer because it is lightweight, breathable and hangs beautifully on your body if it is well cut. Lined linen is cool to wear, and with added details like semi-elasticated waistbands or adjustable side fastenings, you can look fabulous and feel comfortable in linen shorts, trousers, skirts or dresses.
Casual summer styles
For tops, look for styles that suit your body shape and again use fabric and cut to help to keep you cool. Unstructured shirts, blouses and tunics are perfect for this time of year. The trend for layering means that you can easily have a top that hangs longer than your cardigan or ladies jackets from cotton traders, and this helps to maintain some airflow so that you don’t feel constricted when it’s warm. Click here for lightweight blouses that you can wear over spaghetti-strap tops, giving you skin coverage without the weight of a heavier top. Some tunics are perfect for summer, with their flattering lines, and are widely available in both online and high street summer collections.
However you feel about your clothing, there is certainly plenty to choose from this summer. You can easily avoid the main trends of very bold colour or complete monochrome, but use aspects of them to liven up your look – a bag, scarf or pair of sandals, for example. Or stick with what makes you the most comfortable and just refresh your wardrobe with some new colours, fabrics or styles. Pick the right things, and you’ll be able to relax all summer long.
This post was brought to you in collaboration with Cotton Traders.