Refresh your Image

Summer Trends for the Ladies

Sensational Must-Have's

The Colours of Summer

Summer for Men

Summer Caution
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Sensational Summer

Welcome to Summer!
Season-after-season, we head to the shops for all the latest trends and more often than not, end up purchasing items that we wear once and never again.

Feeling overwhelmed by the endless options in the shops and magazines?

Read on for the Summer Must-Have's for men and women; what are the top colours to go for this Summer and Summer Caution-what trends to steer away from altogether.

  "Everything in your closet
should have
an expiration date on it

the way milk and bread
and magazines
and newspapers do."

Andy Warhol


Refresh your Image

The start of a new season means it's time to re-invent your image, de-clutter and refresh your wardrobe.

• Have you ever opened your cupboard and said "I have nothing to wear"?
• Are you tired of your clothes?
This used to happen to me all the time. Thankfully, those days are over.

We will provide you, your staff and colleagues with tips to:

  • Develop a brand image in tune with your company's brand
  • Project a powerful impression
  • Update your look and wardrobe
  • Eliminate guesswork when shopping

Contact us now for info on the Corporate Summer  Styles Workshop
(not public workshops)
Tel: 011 469 1396 or

Summer Trends for the Ladies
  • White on white-freshen up this Summer with white and cream separates for a sleek style. For a size 14 or over avoid the head to toe white look-it can make you look one size bigger.
  • Bold Colour Blocking-solid clashing colours from head to toe are the rage this season. It’s modern & fun but not for everyone. For work-so as not to shock the office staff, anchor two bold colours with a neutral eg. mix a bright top and bright coloured accessory with tan trousers. Colours that work together are pink & purple; orange & cobalt blue; yellow & green.
  • Summer Romance-soft tailoring, nude colours, lace, ruffles and sheer fabrics brings back femininity this Summer. Lace and sheer go hand in hand with this one. For work-blouses with lace detail teamed up with a constructed jacket. Wear a camisole under a sheer blouse. Make sure fabrics drape your body and are not too body hugging.
  • Super Stripes-big, bold colourful or black and white stripes are a hit this season. For work-keep stripes to a minimum. Ensure you place the horizontal stripes over the narrowest part of your body-not the widest. A vertical stripe is great for creating a slim effect. Remember, the wider the stripe-the wider you will look.
Sensational Summer Must-Have's

  • The shift dress is an ongoing fashion essential. Very few of us suit the shapeless “sack dress” rather select a fitted-to the knee option.
  • A white shirt - this is a key item in your wardobe, which needs to be replaced at least one a year. Choose a silky or ruffled option this season.
  • Palazzo (wide legged) pants - worn best with a fitted top, belt and high platform wedges.
  • Wedges - a comfortable and fashionable alternative to a stiletto heel. Make sure these are not made from a cork or basket weave material-unless its Casual Friday.
  • For Men - the statement shirt collar. Attention to collar detail-stitching, a double collar or exaggerated tips. A black blazer to tone down the brights of this season. Khaki’s (known by most as chinos)-toss out the pleated, puffy ones, rather opt for a flat front and a slimmer cut.

The Colours of Summer

These are the 3 main palettes this season:

  • Bright Bolds - citrus orange, cobalt blue, shocking pink, neon green, vivid purple. Generally best suited to darker skins.
  • Candyfloss Pastels - lavender, blush pink, peach, banana, mint and aqua.
  • The Nudes - sandy beige, café latté, cream, taupe, stone and khaki.

For more info on what colours best suit you-click here.

Summer for Men

Suitably Suited - single breasted, narrow lapelled, 2 button fitted suits are on trend. The jacket is shorter than standard length and the trousers are narrower. The 3 button suit trend is that the top button is hidden i.e. the lapel folds over it. Suit fabrics have a sheen to them. Lighter colour suits are acceptable in Summer and in daytime-eg dove grey or tan. NEVER white; unless you are on a cruise. Contrasting detail-eg grey jacket with black trimming on the edges.

  • The Shirt - contrast double collars and cuffs. Buttons to match the contrast colours. Shirts collars are cut away and smaller.
  • Colour Blocking - mix up bright colours together. Use eye popping colours like emerald green, citrus orange and cobalt blue. if you shy away from colour, start with a pocket square or a bright striped tie.
  • Popular Prints:
    • Gingham-squared - ensure the checks of the shirts and ties are not too large-otherwise they will look too casual. A great combination is a small black and white checked shirt with a red tie.
    • Paisley patterns - in purple, navy, green and pastel colours are the must have in ties. Great print for casual shirts.  
Remember, it's not about what you wear - it's how you wear it.
Make sure it's appropriate for the situation, accentuates your assets and makes you feel confident.

Summer Caution

  • Extreme Colour Blocking-using 3 bright solid contrast colours from head to toe.
  • 2 toned heels eg pink and purple-very limiting to what you can wear with it.
  • Basket weave or cork wedges-fine if for a casual event or day.
  • Full pleated skirt-unless you are really tall, slim and young.
  • Prints from head to toe.
  • Chino shorts-too casual for the workspace.
  • Linen-creases too easily, giving you an untidy appearance. Looking like an unmade bed is not a cool look on anyone.
  • Men-mixing checks and stripes - its trendy but very few can get it right.
    • Checked blazers or suits - fashionable now but not for long.
    • 1 button suits - too HIGH fashion and limits you to buy shirts and ties that compliment the suit.

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  I hope your Summer Shopping will be a breeze from here on.


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