Struggling to figure out what to wear? These readers have the solution for stylish days...
Struggling to figure out what to wear right now? This unpredictable British summer is even keeping our Fashion Editor, Charlie Moore on her toes. With what seems like 4 seasons in one day sometimes, it can be hard to know what to wear in the morning that will see you through ’til lights out.
Luckily, these readers have been given a masterclass in what to wear by Charlie. She’s scoured the high street to bring you the ultimate edit of clever buys that will make getting dressed a doddle, not matter what the weather has in store. All you need to do is hit the high street with her handy shopping list in hand.
So, stop pondering about what to wear and step out in style with a few key pieces and a little styling know-how. These readers will show you how it’s done!
Monochrome is a no-brainer when you’re struggling to pull an outfit together quickly. Keep the silhouette clean and simple to achieve an expensive look
Charlie’s top tips for getting it right? ‘Stick to graphic prints which will make you look expensive and on trend’. This Primark dress is perfect.
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‘Simple, classic shoes will keep your admirers guessing whether they’re designer or not’, Charlie says. ‘Style it out and add a knotted sweater draped over your shoulders for instant cool. Layers of dull gold jewellery will lift your look to another level.’
Katie Palmer, 37, wears dress, £8, Primark; jumper, £16, F&F at Tesco; Sandals, £28, Next; Bag, £25, Very; Long Necklace, £8; Accessorize; Multi-chain necklace, £7.99, New Look; Rings, £30 each, Alexi
Layering up is the perfect way to stay cool or stave off the chill once the sun goes down.
'Colouring is key', Charlie says. 'Make it look expensive with one hero colour and keep the rest neutral and tonal. Cream alongside colour is a sure-fire way to achieve an expensive look.
'Lightweight layers will keep you cool but you'll need to add some structure with a jacket to pull the look together.'
Christine Brown, 50, wears sleeveless jacket, £28, F&F at Tesco; Camisole, £15, M&S; Skirt, £39, & Other Stories; Shoes, £32, Next; Bag, £17; Accessorize; Necklace, £7.99, New Look; Watch, £32.99, Limit at Watch Shop; Ring, £5, Wallis
The boho trend is effortlessly stylish and cool - great for seriously hot days. Opt for loose, oversized seprates and natural fabrics - add interest with lots of texture too.
'Rich colours can pep up a simple piece like a kaftan', Charlie says. 'Repeat prints are great on a scarf! On dresses, you can get upside-down prints and unmatched patterns at the seams. Corded tassels instantly elevate your look.
'If you're buying a bag, look for textured finishes that simulate real leather - the high street is now doing a version of designer-look textured leather, which is scratch-proof so will last longer and look better.'
Accessorize; Cuff, £10,
Printed tribal separates will elevate those basics that you rely on so heavily during the week.
'Stick to warm, rich colours', says Charlie. 'Fringing and tassels help you work the artisan vibe and channel that designer, Isabel Marant look. Don't be afraid to mix those textures too. Silk alongside cotton canvas will give you an edge.
'When it comes to jewellery, more is more! Pile up different textures and don't forget the number one rule - dull not bling metal!'
Andii David, 41, wears tunic, £49.50,
M&S; Clutch, £9.99,