The outfit guaranteed to make an occasion of any summer’s night...
The Ava Dress
It’s not always easy to do summer
£159, Hobbs 101 Victoria Street, SW1E 5JH; hobbs.co.uk
Flat Satin Slingback Sandals
Opulent high-glamour flats? Sure, seems an oxymoron, but these satin slippers from Zara manage to check all those boxes in one stunning shoe. Perfect for post-dinner dancing without any of the usual aching soles.
£25.99, Zara 82 Victoria St SW1E 5JL; zara.com/uk
Everyone loves an esoteric earring, and the sculptural design of this pair – part of a mixed set – from Mango will keep your neckline clean and simple, while adding some off-beat glamour to your look. We approve. Article image also by Mango.
£12.99, Mango 76 Victoria St, SW1E 6SQ; shop.mango.com
Geometric print shirt
Historically, short sleeved shirts have had a bad press but this year they’ve well and truly taken over. This geometric print is understated enough to be cool, but interesting enough for an occasion.
£11, M&S Cardinal Place, Victoria Street, SW1E 5JE; marksandspencer.com
Slim-fit Alex Jeans
Surely holiday time is the one week (or two, lucky thing), in the year where you can set aside your ‘strictly black or blue’ rule and embrace a pop of colour? These burnt orange numbers are colourful without being lary. After all, no one wants a lary jean. £25.99, Mango 76 Victoria St, London SW1E 6SQ; shop.mango.com
Signature Collection Holdall
Eschewing bright colour but scoring big in the style stakes is this handy weekend bag from Hugo BOSS. Crafted in a versatile lightweight fabric with handy internal pockets and finished in classic Italian leather, it’s the ideal carry-on for weekend sojourns.
£500, 78 Victoria St, SW1E 6SQ; hugoboss.com