Southern Europe Style – August 2019
Text: Nicola Rachel Colyer
Shades of sunset
Embrace the heat of high summer with hues reminiscent of the season’s most spectacular sunsets. From bright yellow and bold orange to dusty coral and deep red, this warm colour palette offers a sophisticated take on playful dressing as the sun goes down.
Keep cool in this linen blouse from household name La Redoute, that’s perfect for showing off sun-kissed shoulders. Pair with high-waist shorts, flat minimalist sandals and statement earrings for a look that will take you from dawn to dusk in style.
La Redoute linen mix off-the-shoulder blouse, €30
Get set for sundowners with this bold shirt in a bright watermelon shade from Spanish brand Massimo Dutti. Tuck it into classic chinos and pair with suede loafers for a look that oozes European elegance, or wear unbuttoned over a white T-shirt with navy shorts for casual yet refined style.
Massimo Dutti slim fit linen shirt, €39.95
No summer wardrobe is complete without a basket bag (or two) and this orange and magenta offering from Portuguese brand Toino Abel puts a playful spin on the classic accessory. From a small village in the Portuguese countryside, founder Nuno Henriques
works with local artisans to create sustainable, fashion conscious designs that inject a new lease of life into the traditional reed baskets.
Toino Abel Justine basket bag, from €99
The beautiful deep red shade of these cat-eye sunglasses from Mango make them an instant high-street hit. Add the final flourish to a tonal look to tap into summer’s hottest trend, or pair with a white top, denim shorts and a scarf tied in your hair for a vintage-inspired summer outfit.
Mango acetate frame sunglasses, €15.99
Even a simple T-shirt makes a statement in a bold colour like this orange style from Spanish high-street brand Bershka. A wardrobe workhorse, it will go with everything from understated beige to classic navy and denim, making it a must-have for on-trend dressing that will take you from beach to bar with ease.
Bershka Short sleeve T-shirt, €7.99
French footwear brand Veja has made its mark as the coolest way to finish off a look and this mustard and purple suede design is no exception. Coordinate the rest of your outfit with other sunset shades or add a pop of colour to an otherwise neutral getup: either way, you’ll be putting your best foot forward in these stylish kicks.
Veja holiday rec artic trainers, €115
This bright orange, sheer fabric takes on an unexpected elegance when combined with delicate lilac and moody burgundy in the print of this statement dress from luxury Italian fashion house Fendi. The perfect piece for a destination wedding that will work just as well for cocktail hour back home, this is a forever find that will leave you feeling as good as gold.
Fendi orange georgette dress, €3,000
Raising the style stakes with a rich melange of burnt orange-red hues, French heritage brand Saint James combine centuries of traditional craftsmanship with modern trends to create wardrobe staples that are guaranteed to be loved for decades to come. The unisex striped tee adds timeless appeal to a pair of casual shorts in a matching shade but will work equally well to add a subtle pop of colour to neutral separates.
Marinière Saint James, €59, San José Bermuda, €119
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