Summer Fashion: Five Items Your Wardrobe Needs
SUMMER style is something that generally comes with some angst, particularly in a generally rain-drenched Ireland, leaving Irish ladies at a loss as to how to dress during the summer months. Thankfully over the last number of years, Ireland has been blessed with soaring temperatures, verging on those typically found in far-flung destinations. While preliminary Autumn/Winter lines are currently reaching stores, most outlets have bursting sale rails with some stunning pieces to be found at bargain prices if you’re willing to be patient! Summer style has never been better as far as we’re concerned, with designers championing timeless elegance rather than a temptation to bare all with rehashed barely-there minis and cut-out tops. Throw budgeting and saving for a rainy day out the window and follow the gospel of summer fashion, according to Intrigue! These are the five key pieces you simply can’t live without this summer. Exaggeration? Us? Never!
Made popular by King Henry III of France throughout his reign, culottes historically referred to the knee-breeches commonly worn by upper middle-class gentlemen from the Renaissance through to the nineteenth century. Women too have worn culottes through the ages, typically designed in the Victorian Era to allow women with a penchant for horse-riding to move from side saddle to sit astride the traditional man’s saddle. Culottes hangs like a skirt but are actually trousers and to put it bluntly, we simply can’t get enough of them here at Intrigue! Long lines and relaxed cutting leave a cut above traditional summer shorts. Choose from edgy, soft cottons, satin, monochrome or on-trend floral, with the focus on your bottom half. Tuck in a simple cami in a plain tone, wear with skinny strap heels and you’re good to go. Whatever style you choose, be sure you’re seen in culottes this summer.
Abounding in every single high-street outlet is arguably the hottest trend this summer: the skort. A skort is shorts that have a front covering to resemble a skirt or short pant legs with a same length or longer skirt sewn over the top, perfect for the more leg-conscious women. We’re favouring lighter, whiter colours in our skort choices but be sure to include a textured material in your choice to gain double summer trend points. Forget about the camogie skort and feast your eyes instead over the beautiful cream lace skort available in Zara, not to mention the pastel palette or all-white skorts on offer in River Island’s summer sale.
Crochet appears to be this summer’s unofficial uniform at every festival, both at home and abroad. Fabrics don’t get much more breathable than the crochet knit, although prepare for some questionable tan lines! Team a simple off-white crochet shift dress with a neon tank top or underwear if you’re really brave, gold chains and bangles and floral headgear for the beach or festival glamour. Dress it up with some simple black pumps or chunky brown wooden sandals for an elegant garden party.
Celebrities the world over have been donning all colours of the rainbow through their choice of sunglasses in another of this summer’s key trends. Mirrored sunglasses, with their pretty spectral reflective lenses, are the ‘go to’ piece to ramp up any dressed down or monotonal outfit. Give the classic black or brown shades a break and reach for the aqua mirrors on offer in New Look or push the boat out and treat yourself to some Ray Bans. You can thank us later!
The Crop Top
Some women may shudder at the thoughts of bearing their midriff in an effort to keep up with the final key trend this summer. If you’re tall and athletic, pair a crop top with a wide flaring or pleated skirt for an elegant wedding guest outfit which will add curves to your frame and give the illusion of a waist. Shorter ladies can elongate their frames by committing to one colour or print in a fitted style rather than a swamping looser cut. Curvier girls should opt for structured tops which graze below the ribcage, teaming it with a highwaisted skirt to cover up problem areas while simultaneously cinching in the waist.
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