All hail the stripe

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When it’s hot, re­think your suits with match­ing blazer and shorts. Worn to­gether or as sep­a­rates, opt for a more mod­est top to bal­ance the flesh on show. A polo shirt and slid­ers add youth­ful en­ergy.

Jacket, £159; shorts, £55, both 6-18, Hobbs. Polo shirt, £14.90, xxs-xxl, Uniqlo. Bag, £19.50, Marks & Spencer. Slid­ers, £15.99, 6-12, Adidas at De­ich­mann (de­ich­

We love the Bre­ton, but this summer we’re let­ting our legs take cen­tre stage in striped trousers. The ver­ti­cal lines will make you seem taller – tuck in your top to de­fine your waist!

OP­PO­SITE Blouse, £169, 8-18, Luisa Cer­ano (luisac­er­ Trousers, £495, 8-16, Amanda Wake­ley (aman­dawake­ Sun­glasses, £17.99, Mango

For any woman who re­fuses to be in­vis­i­ble, graphic bands of vi­brant, mood-lift­ing colour are your quick route into summer. Keep your look modern by fin­ish­ing with a white wa­ter­proof jacket to make your brights pop. Ef­fort­less and full of el­e­gance, you’ve nailed smart-ca­sual dress­ing.

Jacket, £34.90, xxs-xxl, Uniqlo. Top, £45, 8-20, Jasper Con­ran at Deben­hams. Trousers, £90, 6-22, Bo­den

The sim­plic­ity of a striped shirt dress lends it­self to long summer days that lead into even longer nights. Wear with sun­nies and flat san­dals for day; up the look with mid-heeled mules and min­i­mal ac­ces­sories af­ter dark.

Dress, £345, 8-18, Luisa Cer­ano (luisac­er­ Sun­glasses, £48, Anthropologie

Sleek and chic, plus an easy way of wear­ing print if you’re a print-phobe, you can’t go wrong with a few striped pieces. The striped jacket’s big­gest virtue is that you look stylish the mo­ment you put one on. Still shy? Opt for pleat­ing as an al­ter­na­tive way to add ver­ti­cal lines to your look.

Jacket, £365, 8-18, Airfield. Dress, £650, 6-18, Goat (goat­fash­ Slid­ers, £89, 2-9, Kurt Geiger

For a less-is-more ap­proach, try a Bre­ton or a thin pin­stripe. Min­i­mal­ists will love this sub­tly striped co­or­di­nat­ing jacket and trouser set. Ver­ti­cal lines draw the eye up and down, cre­at­ing a lean sil­hou­ette. A white T-shirt and train­ers add a modern twist.

Blazer, £299; trousers, £169, both 6-16, ME+EM (me­an­ T-shirt, £15, xs-l, Cos. Train­ers, £44.99, 4-8, Adidas at De­ich­mann (de­ich­

Know­ing how to wear stripes comes down to one rule: treat them as if they were another neu­tral colour in your wardrobe. This means you can def­i­nitely wear them with other prints. Our favourite combo is stripes and flo­rals, or sim­ply use stripes to give wardrobe ba­sics a je ne sais quoi.

Polo shirt, £140, 4-18, La­coste. Skirt, £109, 6-18, Mint Vel­vet (mintvel­ Slid­ers, £49, 3-8, Miss KG at Kurt Geiger

The state­ment dress is still your hero buy for summer. Re­fined long sleeves and a so­phis­ti­cated midi hem­line make this ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal hotch­potch striped dress both flat­ter­ing and grown-up. Wear with kooky colour-pop sun­glasses.

Dress, £75, 6-18, Stu­dio By Preen at Deben­hams. Sun­glasses, £325, Marni ( Slid­ers, £89, 2-9, Kurt Geiger

A good cash­mere jumper is a year-round sta­ple and pretty tough to pass on. Wide bands of colour will in­stantly bring life to trusty jeans or dress down shim­mer­ing skirts for the per­fect laid-back luxe mix.

Jumper, £225, xs-xl, Vel­vet by Gra­ham & Spencer at vel­ Skirt, £125, 4-14, Tommy Hil­figer

Con­trary to what you might think, hor­i­zon­tal stripes can be fig­ure­flat­ter­ing. The trick is to find silhouettes that suit you. This strik­ing dress ticks all the boxes for bottom-heavy pear shapes. Clever hor­i­zon­tal lines widen a slim­mer top half, giv­ing the il­lu­sion of bal­anc­ing your fig­ure.

Dress, £209, 8-18, Oui ( San­dals, £27, 3-8, Dune


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