Oh dear, Theresa!

Our fashion ed­i­tor’s ver­dict on PM’s pink hol­i­day dress

Daily Mail - - Front Page - By Fiona McIn­tosh FEMAIL FASHION ED­I­TOR

GET­TING your out­fit right as you jet off on your sum­mer break can be tricky – es­pe­cially if you hap­pen to be the Prime Min­is­ter. And Theresa May be­came the lat­est vic­tim of the Curse of the Ca­sual Hol­i­day out­fit as she kicked off a three-week trip to europe at Lake Garda in north­ern Italy yes­ter­day.

We’ve seen it strike count­less times with male politi­cians – who could for­get a bare-chested David Cameron in baggy or­lebar Brown swim shorts, or Wil­liam Hague ‘get­ting down with the kids’ in his ques­tion­able base­ball cap?

But for Mrs May to miss the mark with this £26 baby-pink shirt-dress from next is a shock, as she prides her­self on be­ing some­thing of a fash­ion­ista.

For a start, it’s the sheer pas­tel girli­ness of it. We have be­come so used to see­ing the PM stride through West­min­ster in power suits and state­ment coats, and this skit­tish frock just doesn’t seem right. It is some­thing you would ex­pect to see in a pri­mary school, not on a world leader.

of course, Mrs May has ev­ery right to re­lax in some­thing more breezy than usual on her wellde­served break. But like many of us do, Mrs May has fallen into that very Bri­tish trap of wear­ing a sum­mer dress over a win­try, dare we say it, pearles­cent body.

With­out ques­tion, this is a Day seven hol­i­day dress, not a Day one num­ber. Per­haps she wasn’t aware the scooped sides would re­veal quite so much leg, which would have ben­e­fited from a bit of colour – nat­u­ral or bot­tled.

In­stead, she showed off skin that was pasty and no­tice­ably shiny – the sign of a re­cent leg wax, per­haps, or a layer of sun­cream?

While her shirt-dress is no doubt fash­ion­able – pink is the colour of the sea­son – it would look bet­ter against a skin­tone that is more caffé latte than pinta milk. But ever the hawk­ish fashion ob­server, Mrs May re­deemed her look some­what with a stylish pair of Jackie o sun­glasses. Very La Dolce Vita.

The PM and her hus­band Philip were seen strolling around the town of De­sen­zano del Garda next to the lake. They will break off from their hol­i­day to at­tend com­mem­o­ra­tions for the cen­te­nary of the Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele in Bel­gium on Mon­day, be­fore spend­ing two weeks in switzer­land.

They will re­turn to Down­ing street on Au­gust 14. The pair are keen hik­ers and are ex­pected to spend much of their trip walk­ing.

Last sum­mer they went hik­ing in the swiss Alps, and their most re­cent break was a walk­ing hol­i­day in snow­do­nia in April – on which Mrs May fa­mously changed her mind about hold­ing an elec­tion.

Mrs May in a £26 baby-pink Next shirt-dress that showed off her pale and no­tice­ably shiny legs in Italy yes­ter­day

Need­ing some sun­shine: Theresa May with hus­band Philip on hol­i­day in north­ern Italy yes­ter­day

WHILE Mrs May had swapped her kit­ten heels for more prac­ti­cal flat san­dals – still in her trade­mark leop­ard print, of course – her toes showed all the tell-tale signs of too many hours spent in heels. Her big toe could be seen bend­ing in­wards, a sign...

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