Wednesday, 22 June 2011 18:35

For The Festival Junkie In You!

Cowshed have brought a toiletry kit just for you festival junkies, so you stay clean and smell fresh all weekend.

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The kit contains:

Travel wash bag
Wild Cow Knickers
Wild Cow Invigorating Bath & Shower Gel
Horny Cow Seductive Body Lotion
Lavender Gentle Cleanser
Quinoa Hydrating Daily Moisturiser
Lippy Cow Lip Balm
Cowshed Nail File

Price £30 Available from Cowshed
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Monday, 20 June 2011 23:59

Color blocking In Style

With all the latest summer trends screaming "Color Blocking" and magazines filled in with glossy color mixtures, for some women it still is rather difficult to get their head around the whole color blocking "concept" and at times could even be intimidating; therefore they remain on the fashion "safety" zone wearing "same old- same old". Whichever way it is, the color blocking is actually not as "scary" as it may seem at first and quite easy look to pull off.

The whole concept of color blocking is to mix a minimum of three contrasting but complementary bright bold colors in one outfit. This could be simply achieved with the use of a Color Wheel, to find out what colors would look good combined together, simply draw an equal sided triangle and look at the colors the corners are pointing at, and you're there!

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If you're still not sure whether the color blocking trend is for you, begin with two colors, for example: go for a bright colored suit or a skirt and add white T-shirt or shirt to it. Most of us do it regularly, however do not realize that it is a "safety zone" of color blocking. You can try to wear something more dramatic by having a black skirt with deep colored top, or perhaps royal blue pants with bold pink top.

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Another trick is to pare you blue jeans with some bright colored top and a blazer in neutral color like Black, Beige or White.

The accessories are probably one of the easiest things in color blocking; opt for the bright bold hand bag or shoes, since adding complementary colors to the neutrally colored outfit will create and "element of surprise" and not less fashionable look.
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Whenever you're going for the color blocking look, keep in mind few general guide lines. Follow your personal coloring type, as the whole point of color blocking is to make you look fresh, the last thing you would want to happen is wearing wrong colors that would make you look dull instead.

If for instance you have got a beautiful top in a great color even though it might not be the perfect one for you, you can always try to pare it with a scarf in your color type that is placed closed to the face.

Try to keep dark colors away from your face or add some lighter colored accessories like neckpieces or earnings to keep that healthy glow.
If you have got big "bottom" remember the basic rule of personal style and keep light colors off that part of your body, however if does not mean you have to wear all darks at the bottom. What you also need to remember is Color Balancing rule that is: when you're wearing a lighter color on the bigger part of your body (that will make it look even bigger in many cases) you have to balance it with another lighter color on top to create an illusion of the hour glass shaped figure.
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Another color tip is to keep bright colors from the body parts that you might not e very profound of, as bright colors attracts the eye attention straight away and it might not be ideal choice for self-confidence. Keep the bright color on the body parts you like the most, as that will not only make you look great but will also increase your self-confidence while highlighting the best about you.
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Saturday, 18 June 2011 00:52

Teenager Wins Discrimination Case

An African Caribbean teenager has won a ruling that St Gregory's Catholic Science College was applying a cornrows ban in a way which amounted to "unjustified" indirect racial discrimination.

At first when I heard of this case I thought that why should he wear cornrows to school, then I listened to the reasons and I thought yes it is justified, as Muslims can wear the veil and Sheiks can wear the turban so if this teenager has a religious reason then he also should be permitted to wear his hair the way he wants.

But it better be neat.


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The girls loved the new collection and here are a few of their favourite pieces!
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This gorgeous embroidered bra top would look stunning paired with denim shorts and detailed gladiator sandals. Perfect for a hot summer day!
Paprika Embroidered Bra Top £26
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This sexy party dress is the perfect way to make a statement on any night out! Glam it up like the Wonderland girls with killer heels and a fab clutch!
Paprika Fringe Trim Tube Dress £29

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Cute and flirty are the perfect words to describe this pretty dress. Ballet pumps and loose waves will complete your look!
Paprika Embroidery Ra Ra Dress £30

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This key back dress is our top seller this month! Perfect for a day to night look, it can be dressed up or down and the coral tones are right on trend!
Paprika Button Key Back Dress £26

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Saturday, 11 June 2011 15:35

My AOFM Experience

Myself along with some other fashion writers and bloggers were invited down to the AOFM (or Academy of Freelance Make-up) studios take a look around and learn a bit more about what AOFM does.

Founded five years ago by Jana Ririnui and Jason Mallet with the intention to create make-up artists with not only the talent to succeed, but with the essential wisdom, knowledge and experience of the realities of being a make-up artist in the world of fashion.

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The AOFM has grown from a single studio in Soho to not only having a presence at every major fashion event such as the London and New York Fashion Weeks, Vauxhall Scout and Clothes Show Live there are now AOFM make-up schools in Paris and New York.

As well as offering in-depth short courses and guidance for the future Make-up artists of the Fashion, Beauty and Bridal industry and professional way to behave on a job. Students can also benefit with the chance to experience backstage life and make contacts with other professionals in the field by working at beneficial fashion shows and photo shoots.

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With great opportunities that many schools would never be able to offer, the AOFM is a great place to learn a new craft and develop your dreams into a reality.
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Saturday, 11 June 2011 14:48

STYLISH DESTINATIONS: Barbados

Barbados is the most easterly island in the Caribbean island chain, all on it's own with the Atlantic Ocean to one side and the Caribbean Sea to the other. This beautiful island is not only a perfect holiday destination, but also a great place for shopping and catching up with the latest fashion. Because of its location and hot tropical climate all year round, Barbados focuses mainly on beachwear, casual resortwear and formal "summer in the city" look. There are many fashion and hair shows throughout the year held in world class resorts, and of course Barbados Fashion Week – the biggest event on the island – attracting both local and international designers, models and photographers.

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Andromeda Botanic Gardens in Bathsheba, Saint Joseph; Photo by Eva Fydrych

The latest Fashion Week took place in October at the Concorde Experience - Christ Church and was showcasing many talented designers from New York, Los Angeles, London, Canada, Miami, Trinidad, St Vincent, Jamaica, Barbados & St Lucia. High Fashion After Parties hosted by Allure Entertainment, Savvy Jamz & Events Unusual, offered the best fashion atmosphere with champagne, lounging in VIP and enjoying great entertainment by Barbados Best New Artists.

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Barbados Fashion Week 2010 – backstage; Photo by CaribFashionTV.com

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The Runway at Da Costa Mall, Broad Street; Photo courtesy of The Runway

Barbados attracts the world's rich and famous and therefore you would expect to find high-end goods to cater for this type of clientele. However what you may not expect is that all of these designer goods can be purchased at a fraction of their usual cost as all visitors to Barbados benefit from duty free prices. Just remember to have your passport, ticket for travel and know the address of where you are staying to get the discount.

Main shopping destinations include Bridgetown and Holetown where you can find everything from famous designers like Moschino, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren to world-renowned lingerie icons like Agent Provocateur or La Perla.

Broad Street in Bridgetown, the capital city of Barbados is lined with duty free shops where you will find designer brands on sale at heavily discounted prices. If you want to buy ornaments, crystal, fine figurines then you will find these items on sale in The Royal Shop, Cave Shepherd or Little
Switzerland, here you will find brands such Lladro and Swarovski.

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Dingolay Boutique in South Coast, Barbados; Photo courtesy of Dingolay

If you want to go shopping while you are in Barbados and are looking for something really unique thenyou should go to one of the many boutiques that sell clothing, accessories, jewellery and cosmetics.

Known for its classic chic attire and ever-changing range of stock, Dingolay (located at Sheraton Mallin Chirst Church) always has an amazing array of the latest styles and hottest resort collections. Thechic and elegant Gaye Boutique in Holetown is especially known for its fabulous lines of imported
designer beachwear and swimwear. Agabhumi brings to Barbados “the best of Bali”. Their shop at #3Chattel Village in Holetown offers a selection of jewellery, sarongs, handbags, sandals and more with an eastern flair.

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Casual chic – Dingolay Boutique in South Coast, Barbados; Photo courtesy of Dingolay

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Street fashion, Bridgetown; Photo by Eva Fydrych

On the south coast of Barbados you will find boutiques selling designer clothing at the Shak Shak Complex on the South Coast Main Road.

On this same road you will also find Quayside Centre, which is home to Lazy Days, a surf and sport wear boutique. There are also a couple of really nice ladies boutiques here such as Kartushe, which sell some very high-end ladies fashions. You can also pick up some really nice shoes, which are original and very reasonably priced.

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The London Boy Fashion in Christ Church; Photo by Eva Fydrych

Also on the south coast is the Sheraton Centre, this is located just off the highway and this large shopping centre has a number of boutiques selling everything from fashion, accessories, shoes, cosmetics, perfumes and jewellery. This mall is more used by locals and doesn't really cater to the highend designer goods that you would find on the west coast, however, there are some great bargains to be had and there are some great boutiques for original dresses for special occasions.

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Barber shop in Christ Church; Photo by Eva Fydrych

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Window display in Speightstown, Saint Peter; Photo by Eva Fydrych

If you are searching for some local designers and don't want to spend a fortune on clothing and accessories, Swan Street in Bridgetown is the place to be. A vibrant shopping street comes to life every morning with locals browsing through the endless small boutiques, many of them hidden in the narrow alleys, and street stalls selling colourful jewellery and accessories. The street is noisy and crowded, but with a little bit of patience, you can find some real gems out there.

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D'Mood boutique in Bridgetown; Photo by Eva Fydrych

D'Mood – a small boutique run by friendly Dionne Coppin – sells “a bit of everything”. Colorful and sexy summer dresses, bold jewellery and stylish handbags. The owner created a unique and cosy atmosphere that makes shopping there a real pleasure.

Well-established Fashion City Boutique offers a big selection of ladies wear, in all shapes and sizes.

Their unconventional ways of attracting customers, include spontaneous fashion shows in the streets with gorgeous models presenting their latest arrivals.

There is also something for the shoe lovers – many boutiques at Swan Street offer great selection of sandals, flip flops and evening high-heels at very reasonable prices. D's Meets Styles Inc. located on the ground floor of the Norman Centre has an amazing collection of fashionable shoes for every
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Maker's pink suede platforms from D's Meets Styles Inc, 45 USD; Photo by Tropic Beauty

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Shoe lovers paradise at the Norman Centre, Swan Street; Photo by Eva Fydrych

On the west coast of Barbados you will find shopping malls in Holetown. There is the Sunset Crest shopping mall, which has a number of boutiques for ladies and gents fashions. There are also unique boutiques selling silk clothing, designer sunglasses, handbags, facial and hair care products, many of
which are all designer brand names.

Also on the west coast in Holetown, you will find the Chattel House Village; these quaint little shops are all housed in traditional Bajan Chattel Houses, which provide excellent shopping space for boutiques. Here you will find clothing and accessory stores along with some souvenir shops.

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Colorful local fabrics at Bathsheba Beach, Saint Joseph; Photo by Eva Fydrych

For the best gifts and souvenirs you have to head to the Pelican Craft Centre, located just next to the Bridgetown Port. Here you will find plenty of shops selling hand crafted goods and you can also see the workmen in their studios creating goods in leather and clay. The Pelican Craft Centre is a lovely place to stroll around and you can pick up some really unique pieces at a great price.

Of course Barbados is not only about fashion and shopping. Most of all, it's a premier holiday destination with the best beaches in the Caribbean, delicious seafood and rum cocktails, great reggae music and friendly locals. Birth place of the famous R'n'B singer Rihanna, Barbados attracts many
celebrities and is definitely one of the most interesting destinations to visit at any time of the year.

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Atlantic Coast in Bathsheba, Saint Joseph; Photo by Eva Fydrych
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Model presenting the latest collection at the Fashion City Boutique, Photo by Eva Fydrych

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Model presenting the latest collection at the Fashion City Boutique, Photo by Eva Fydrych
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Wednesday, 08 June 2011 22:41

THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

"Elegance is a question of personality, more than one's clothing." - J.P. Gaultier

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is celebrating 35 influential years in the industry with a new exhibition launching on June 17th at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk will showcase about 120 haute couture and ready-to-wear pieces for women and men from 1976 to 2010.
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Jean Paul Gaultier – one of the most famous fashion designers of our times– was born on 24 April 1952 in Arcueil, Val-de-Marne, France. Gaultier studied at the Lycee d'Arcueil. Although he never received formal training as a designer, he was considered a prodigy when it came to fashion design. At age 13 he designed a collection of clothing for his mother and grandmother.

When only 14, in 1964, he started sketching his fashion ideas on paper and sending sketches to famous couture stylists. Pierre Cardin was impressed by his talent and hired him as an assistant in 1970.

Gaultier worked for Cardin for two years. He then spent a year designing for Jacques Esterel before joining Jean Patou, the famous couture house, as an assistant to Michael Gomez, then Angelo Tarlazzi.

Then in 1974 returned to manage the Pierre Cardin boutique in Manila, Philippines, for a year in 1974, where he designed clothes for Imelda Marcos.
In 1976 several of Gaultier's sketches were published in Mode Internationale, a French fashion magazine. The sketches were favourably received by the design world. That same year Gaultier launched his design career under his own label for a company called Mayagor, as well as continuing to design freelance ready-to-war furs, swimwear, and leather clothing.
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In 1976 in October, he presented his first individual collection under his own name, at the "Palais de la Decouverte" comprising articles such as furnishings, table sets in plaited straw. Many of Gaultier's following collections have been based on street wear, focusing on popular culture, whereas others, particularly his haute couture collections, are very formal yet at the same time unusual and playful.

In 1977 he started his own Haute Couture firm. In 1978 he produced his first collection with partner Kashiyama.

In 1981 Gaultier changed his partner and Kashiyama went back to Japan, where he still produces Gaultier products under licence for Japan and the Far East. Sales in Italy were handled by Gibo for woven goods and Equator for knits.

In 1984 Gaultier achieved recognition world wide with his men's collection "men in skirts" In Brigitte Bardot's famous film "God Created Woman" men wore trousers like pencil skirts. This inspired his collection.

In 1987 Gaultier received the coveted French designer of the year award (the French Fashion Oscar Award).

In 1988 he launched a lower-priced sportswear line called Junior Gaultier, at first carried exclusively in a small store located in Les Halles, a funky area of Paris, and later sporadically sold in U.S. department stores. His other store, located on the chic Right Bank of Paris, contained his men's and women's readyto- wear bearing high price tags ($1,200 for a suit). These clothes were also sold in boutiques in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami.

In 1988 Gaultier launched his jewellery line.
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In 1990 Gaultier's talents were viewed by a wider, less fashion-conscious audience when he designed the entire wardrobe for the controversial British director Peter Greenaway film "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover". Long a fan of Greenaway's films, Gaultier and he decided that the clothing
for this modern day morality play should change colours as the characters moved from set to set. Four sets of clothing were made: red for the dining room, blue for the parking lot, white for the bathroom, and green for the kitchen.

One of his most devoted fans was singer Madonna, who on her 1990 Blonde Ambition international tour wore nothing but Gaultier suits with sliced open breasts covering a torpedo bra corset over menswear pants. She was also one of the first to adopt his lingerie-over-clothing trend in 1985.

In 1993 Gaultier launched his perfume "Haute Perfumerie".

In 1997, Gaultier collaborated with French movie director Luc Besson to design costumes for the movie "The Fifth Element", a futuristic sci-fi thriller. Although the film received less than enthusiastic reviews, the costumes were referred to as "body-conscious" and "outlandish" in reviews in National Review and People Weekly.

Although in 1997, Gaultier displayed couture for the first time in a Paris show. In an article in Interview, he stated that: "We are in a world where many people are staying at home on the Internet, not doing anything. I think the moment now for couture is right because it's a small fantasy. It's special, and for only one customer at a time."
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Gaultier was the only designer in the show to feature couture for men as well as women. Also noteworthy in the 1997 Paris show were corsets for men. Gaultier rationalized in Interview that: "I am for equality of gender. I say there's couture for women, so why not for men". Although Gaultier derived his inspiration for design from the street in the past, and couture is generally perceived to be in the realm of the elite, he attempted to respect the tradition of couture with fabrics not normally used in couture.

On June 15, 2000, Gaultier was given the International Award at the American Fashion Awards, presented by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

Gaultier has been known for using unique looking models in his shows of all different shapes, sizes and ages, like older men and full-figured women, pierced and heavily tattooed models, and by playing with traditional gender roles in the shows. This earned him both criticism and enormous popularity. In Interview he explained that: "I have never really cared about what fashion's ideal was. There are different kinds of beauty and I always try to show that." Renowned as perhaps the most avant-garde fashion designer of his time, Gaultier was sometimes called the Prince of Perversity. He was known for keeping a keen winking eye on young London and New York street fashions, reinterpreting them with a dash of Parisian panache, then pushing them out on his runways.

Some of his most recognizable cutting-edge designs are jackets, dresses, and jumpsuits with indiscreet cutouts that make the garments resemble cages. His unique designs also include dresses and tops with sliced open breasts and bra-like torpedo inserts, fichu off-the-shoulder tops, multi-coloured Lycra, vinyl and leather bike pants, and kilt-ish skirts for men.
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Although Gaultier's designs are sometimes considered over-the-top, there is no question among the fashion historians or the retail fashion world that his multiple talents greatly influence the work of other designers. Gaultier imitations and sometimes blatant thefts of his somewhat insane designs often appear in more moderately priced department stores mere months after his runway shows.

Gaultier currently designs for three collections: his own couture and ready-to-wear lines, as well as the newly relaunched clothing line for Hermes, a French leather goods company well-known for their equestrian background, scarves, and expensive handbags.

Source: Bookrags, MMFA, Wikipedia

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk - From June 17 to October 2, 2011, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA).
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Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:51

Verónica Moncho Trunk Show

I was invited down to the newly opened Verónica Moncho Lobo store to get a look at the Autumn Winter 2011 collection.
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Reflecting Lobo's Latin American roots the colour pallet for the collection included a range of wonderful hues ranging from fiery reds, yellow and oranges to tranquil blues, aqua greens in stunning party dresses, gowns, lace gloves and eye-catching boleros using lace, net and taffeta.
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Friday, 03 June 2011 16:13

On trend fashion for sensitive skins

pure_collectikonFor people who suffer with sensitive skin issues, finding the right outfit can be dominated by mundane issues such as avoiding irritation, rather than seeking out something stylish. Even items which for most people are wardrobe staples – such as knitwear, can become tricky items to pick out.

Some people are allergic to wool and suffer irritation from the oily lanolin within it. However, some luxury fabrics such as cashmere are sensitive enough for even the most delicate skin types and can be worn by some individuals who suffer from eczema or psoriasis. This finely woven fabric has thinner yarns which makes it a good all-year-round choice for cover ups. The yarns themselves are made from the wool of the Cashmere goat, so it can be quite a shock to discover how soft the fabric made from the wool is.

Nothing feels quite like cashmere next to your skin and as a result cashmere items can cost a little more than your average ladies sweaters , cardigans or jumpers. If you are planning to purchase cashmere, it is worth bearing in mind however that the timeless nature and versatility of many items of cashmere clothing make them a true investment. As with other fabrics cashmere comes in varying degrees of quality, so to ensure you choose a piece that will stand the test of time – opt for an on trend colour in a classic style, such as a round neck cardigan and don't be afraid to spend a little extra with a specialist retailer.

Choosing cashmere clothing in earthy neutral shades, or classic navy or black will help you to get maximum wear out of your comfortable cardigans and sweaters, but there is a huge range of coloured cashmere available, so don't be afraid to experiment with the latest colours. If you are buying for the coming season, why not tap in to summer's big white trend by purchasing a failsafe white cardigan?
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Thursday, 02 June 2011 21:47

Five key pieces to see you through the summer

bank_2The sun is finally in the sky, which means it's time to break free of jumpers and jeans and get stuck into your summer wardrobe. If your warm weather selections are severely limited, you may want to invest in a few key pieces to see you through the season, take your time to search out special items online, where there are great offerings such as those at BANK Womens clothes. Meanwhile, here are five failsafe pieces you can mix and match for warmer weather, whether you are home or abroad.

1)Maxi dress
Back for a second summer season in a row, the maxi dress is proving a surprisingly versatile wardrobe piece, which could soon make it to a summer wardrobe staple. Select your maxi carefully and you could have a dress that is not only suitable for holiday dressing, but will also double as suitable attire at any summer weddings. For maximum wearability, look out for floaty numbers which don't flash too much flesh and keep to simple colours rather than going too garish and bright.

2)Roll up denim shorts
This season denim shorts like skinny jeans come in all colours of the rainbow. For a classic day time look, team faded blue shorts with a baggy vest top and flip-flops and at night wear hot pink or electric blue shorts with black tights.

3)Bikini
Although not an obvious choice for a summer in the UK, with the heat waves we have been predicted recently, a good bikini is a must-have. A bikini is also a great item to take to festivals as it can let you cool off in the crowds and can help minimise the number of things you need to pack.

4)Sunglasses
Sunglasses aren't just the stylish choice – they are the safe choice. Wherever you are it's important to give your peepers some good UV protection against the sun. With this in mind you should follow the example of the celebs – because when it comes to sunglasses and protection against the sun, it really is a case of the bigger, the better.

5)Oversized top
T-Shirts, Vests, chiffon blouses; this season these all come in oversized varieties, which are perfect for balancing short shorts and keeping you bright and breezy. For a top which can transcend beach to club, seek out bright patterns such as coloured animal or floral prints. These will be a welcome cover-up after sunbathing, but won't look out of place on the dance floor.
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