Shopping guide - Summer separates
When it's summer time and the weather is hot, you can stretch right up and quote Mungo Jerry in your shopping page. But just because you can, doesn't mean you should. The same is true of the Little Summer Dress. Sure, something floral and nipped at the waist conjures that timeless feeling of 'girl in (the) heat' and the boys will probably love you for it. But screw they boys, you're dressing for you, and if you want a summer wardrobe you're not going to get sick of in four seconds flat, you're better of sticking with separates.
Buying crisp little shirts, mini skirts, sharp shorts and the occasional major trend piece, like a printed trouser, gives a bit of flexibility, and the potential for formality to your hotter weather dressing. While it's tempting in the deep of heat, a sundress will serve you better at a picnic than in the office, and there's absolutely no changing that. The kicky little top you bought on the other hand, when worn with a very fine blazer and a skirt that's longer than you normally like wearing, will probably pass muster.
Because all fashion at the moment is trailing Prada, Proenza and Stella McCartney, the look of the moment is a sort of tutti-frutti rev head thing, that Lana Del Rey would maybe wear, if she found Jesus in a church in Hawaii. It's fun, and completely worth a crack. If patterns, prints and having fun frighten you (I hear you girl), then just do what I do and plan to exist solely in sober silk shirting from Equipment and boyish, down-to-business little shorts.
Compiled by James Dykes