TEN key­p­ieces for sum­mer

Fash­ion maven SAN­CHITA AJ­JAM­PUR shows us how to rock hot weather dress­ing with her MUST-BUY ITEMS for the sea­son

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But it is hard to choose from so much beauty in a sea­son where so many dif­fer­ent kinds of flow­ers bloom, from Marni’s flo­ral wall­pa­per designs to Christopher Kane’s or­ganza ap­pliqués and Vuit­ton’s doily flow­ers. Lace and trans­paren­cies con­ceal and re­veal tex­tures, sen­sual cuts, folds, and pleats, and drap­ery cre­ate sug­ges­tive sil­hou­ettes all in a blend of ul­tra­fem­i­nine de­tails. These in­clude hats to pro­tect your hair from the sun’s fierce rays—from straw boaters, vi­sors, peaked caps, and wide-brimmed hats to retro head­scarves and hair ban­danas to be worn with big-framed or cat-eye shades.

So choos­ing only 10 key pieces from a long list of nom­i­na­tions was ex­cep­tion­ally tough. I must con­fess to cheating a lit­tle. My sum­mer wardrobe Os­cars start with the evening. I couldn’t de­cide be­tween Calvin Klein’s in­no­cent yet sen­su­ous em­pha­sis on form and fem­i­nin­ity in shim­mer­ing black, Lan­vin’s lus­trous, mint­green draped dress, and Etro’s part-flap­per part-lbd slip dress. Though all three per­fectly suit the sea­son’s de­mands, in the end Etro wins for its fresh sense of moder­nity and light­ness. This sea­son’s fo­cus on fab­u­lous frocks also en­ti­tles me to zero-in on Bot­tega Veneta’s quirky pas­sion­ate red and orange sheath dress, set off by the la­bel’s ox­i­dised-sil­ver and enamel cuff bracelet. De­cid­ing to add some con­trast, Marni’s bright yel­low ab­stract print sheath dress with its see-through nude pen­cil un­der­skirt is the next must-have, de­spite wa­ver­ing be­tween that and the one with the flo­ral vari­a­tions.

Next, I went for ease and com­fort with a pair of slinky Gatsby girl slouch pants by Ralph Lau­ren. And, be­cause a girl needs cos­tume va­ri­ety in her wardrobe, add high-waisted skinny jeans from J Brand, a great com­ple­ment to lush silk shirts and

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