Have you ever bought your summer season fashion sorted? — That’s Not My Age

Images: Matt Monfredi. Hair & make-up: Anna Durston


What’s your season? And I don’t imply that in a Color Me Lovely manner. Extra of a ‘when are you happiest in what you put on?’ Chatting to one in every of my neighbours just lately, she commented, ‘ You all the time look good in your summer season clothes.’ How form ( I used to be in Cos on the time). It’s so good to obtain a praise – however that’s one other characteristic. I thanked her and stated that I all the time really feel like summer season isn’t my most trendy season. I’m way more snug in a uniform of denims and a shirt, or jacket. Spring and autumn are once I attain Peak Wardrobe Happiness.

Within the Guardian, a few weeks in the past, Jess Cartner Morley wrote a characteristic on the perfect summer dress. She categorised the totally different kinds of clothes and the kind of individuals who gravitate in direction of them. I laughed when it got here to the bit about shirt clothes and the abstract stated:

‘In case your most beloved summer season frock is a shirt costume, the reality might be that this isn’t, in actual fact, your favorite season to decorate for. You aren’t the let-it-all-hang-out sort. You’ll be glad when September rolls round and you’ll unroll your knitwear and zip into knee-high boots. Till then, you’ll lean into crisp shirting… to point out you can do summer season. You additionally like carrying linen.’

That is true. Shirt clothes, tick. Linen, tick. And, summer season shouldn’t be my favorite season. So. What I’ve been making an attempt to do that yr is to discover a sizzling climate model of dressing that I’m snug with. Outfits that seize the way in which I really feel in my denims, jackets and jumpsuits – relatively than settling for a second-best costume as a result of it’s too humid for the rest. This isn’t the way in which to instil vogue confidence. Time to get my summer season fashion sorted. To switch my trademark TNMA look into an outfit that appears like me, on a sizzling day.



How to do that?


Match is a very powerful factor

I do know I repeat this advert infinitum… however match (in all senses of the phrase) is a very powerful factor. Previous to this outfit, I attempted on a linen trouser go well with and striped T-shirt. It didn’t really feel proper. The trousers weren’t fairly slouchy sufficient and the entire ensemble felt a bit too neat, a bit like one in every of my Telegraph columns. It didn’t match my aesthetic or my physique.

Change to a extra relaxed outfit, one in line with my common look and I’m immediately happier. Informal and summery it has a ‘Lucinda Chambers en vacances at her holiday home in France‘ vibe that I love. The shirt is easy-breezy and the COLOUR is magnificent. The broader leg, seersucker cotton, striped trousers change heavier denims or cargo pants and add a bit of jaunty-ness to the proceedings. Ditto Penelope Chilvers snazzy spin on the Birkenstock mule, and the attractive, zesty orange leather-based tote. All of those parts come collectively to create a profitable mixture.

Take a correct have a look at the garments that make you are feeling good

Both take them out of the wardrobe and place them on the mattress, or grasp them on a separate rail when you have one. What’s it about these garments that makes you are feeling glad and assured? Is it the color or the form? Is there a design characteristic you want? I like a Tremendous Shirt, I’m extra snug in non-crotch-bothering trousers with pockets and blue is my color – is it any surprise I really feel assured on this outfit?

Whose fashion do you admire?

Above, I point out Lucinda Chambers, the cool-as-you-like vogue queen who all the time seems stylish. If summer season shouldn’t be your favorite season, clothes-wise, then take a look round at what different trendy ladies are carrying. Work out why it really works and if there are parts you possibly can adapt to your personal wardrobe. I’m not advising everybody flip right into a copycat – it’s vital to put on the shapes and silhouettes you are feeling snug in – however there’s no hurt in searching for inspiration after which perhaps including a brand new twist to an previous favorite.

Understand how you need to look

Bear in mind the three adjectives! If summing up how I need to look, I’d say ‘cool, relaxed and stylish’. The purpose is to really feel snug in my garments – which is why shirt clothes are good as a result of I’m uneasy in something too faff-y or flouncy. I’d a lot relatively be pared-down and clutter-free. I need to seem like an elegant gentlewoman, all summer season lengthy.



A fast reminder which you could store all my outfits by signing up to LTK – and there are many cool summer season items (I’d be glad to put on), within the TNMA SHOP.



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Crinkle cotton relaxed shirt from NRBY. Striped cotton trousers, Jigsaw. Brazilian Stripe Mules, Penelope Chilvers. Leather-based tote bag, Mimi Berry (take a look at the gathering, the totes are fairly moderately priced given their dimension and a few are within the sale, all made within the UK). All gadgets loaned for the shoot (although I’ll have held onto the tremendous shirt and trousers!)

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