Monday, 21 June 2010

Sun, Sea and Style

Around this time of year your friends and work colleagues will start disappear for a week or two on holiday somewhere exotic, leaving you jealous and counting down the days until your own. Not going away until August myself I am passing the days by purchasing various items that I will eventually be cramming into my bulging suitcase. But what look should you go for this Summer holiday?

The answer to that question is Beach Glamazon. As seen on the catwalk at Milly (above) and Emilio Pucci (below), this look is all about poolside glamour. It doesn't matter if you're in Bournemouth or Barbados, just because you're relaxing doesn't mean you can't look fabulous! Think Cheryl Cole, Beyonce, sipping cocktails on a sun lounger whilst reading Vogue.

And the first place to start should be with a swimsuit. Swimsuits used to be reserved for Mums and swimming lessons but are now the height of poolside chic. There are plenty available on the high street but I particularly like this slate grey cut-out swimsuit from for £28.

Jewellery is not only reserved for summer nights - as long as you're not planning any extreme water sports you can glam up your swimwear with some mixed metals. Try this fringe necklace, £14 from Oasis with this ASOS cuff. Mixing your metals is much more acceptable now and gives the look an edge.

Protect your peepers with these pink ombre effect sunglasses, £19.50 from Gap. The big frames are much more glamorous than styles such as Wayfarers and Clubmasters and reflect the glamour of this Summer's designer swimwear collections.

Hats this summer have moved away from trilby and fedoras to floppy, wide brimmed and retro. This Accessorize number has a leopard print trim for some extra interest.

Finish off the poolside look with an oversized shirt-style kaftan like this one from Topshop for £25 and slip your perfectly manicured toes into these casual black sandals, £14 at New Look.

Slap on your factor 30 and grab yourself a Cosmo...

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