Southern European Style – July 2019
Text: Nicola Rachel Colyer
It’s all white
As synonymous with the season as sand and sea, head-to-toe white has long been a classic look for summer: but this year, it is firmly on-trend. At once a statement and yet understated, it’s a fast-track to sophisticated style that will keep you cool as the temperature rises.
With all things nineties hitting the catwalk, it was only a matter of time before this icon made its return. Yes, the Baguette is back. The original ‘It bag’, launched in 1997 by luxury Italian designer Fendi, this contemporary incarnation with embossed white leather and gold hardware will make even the most simple of outfits shine.
Fendi Baguette white leather bag, € 2,100
The stalwart of a summer wardrobe, a pair of strappy, flat sandals will take you from city to seaside, dawn to dusk. Designed and crafted in St Tropez by family-run French brand K.Jacques, this fresh take on the classic Tropezienne gladiator sandal will add an air of insouciance to your favourite looks.
K.Jacques karnak white odeon leather sandals, €210
Texture is the key to adding interest to a tonal look and the micro waffle on these antique white shorts from Portuguese brand La Paz sets them apart from the typical offerings. From their home in Porto, the brand works closely with local producers and focuses on quality fabrics combined with enduring design.
Maciel antique white shorts, €92.50
Whether on land or at sea, the Breton tee is a mainstay of the summer wardrobe. A perfect accompaniment to an otherwise all white look, this long sleeve, boat neck style from French heritage brand Petit Bateau carries all the hallmarks of a classic.
Men’s iconic stripy breton top, €70
The original offering from Italian footwear brand Superga, the Cotu Classic 2750 has remained a firm favourite since its creation in 1925. Timeless yet contemporary, the pared-back design deserves a place in every man’s wardrobe. Try wearing them with a pair of chinos rolled up to the ankle for a fashion-forward finish.
Cotu Classic 2750 trainers, €59
Available at www.julesb.co.uk
From earrings to anklets reminiscent of old holiday finds, shell jewellery is the must-have accessory of the summer, destined to be worn long after the last of the sand has been brushed off your feet. This floral pair with real shell and freshwater pearls is a steal, providing an unapologetically feminine way to tap into the trend.
Zara natural pearl flower earrings, €15.95
This dress by French brand Sessùn is anything but simple with the broderie fabric, voluminous sleeves, ruffled neckline and tie-up front, yet the crisp, pure white ensures it exudes an effortless appeal. It’s a dress that you can throw on and be ready to go at a moment’s notice, perfect for holidays and last-minute plans.
Sessùn Miranda Fleur de Sel dress €225
Keep it simple with wardrobe staples such as these classic white jeans from Italian menswear brand Boggi Milano. A fine-knit cotton jumper pairs well for cooler evenings, while a pale beige blazer adds a subtle layer of colour and elevates the look for a more formal affair.
Light-grey cotton jersey como blazer €399, pima cotton round-neck jumper
€89, extra slim cotton-bull denim five-pocket trousers €119
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