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Summer’s must-have pieces

Splashing out on just four key items can keep you on-trend this summer. Fashion editor Lindsay Judge styles four Aquarius readers to showcase the pieces to invest in

Lindsay Judge
27 May 2015 | 02:56 pm
  • The long vest.

    Source:Aiza Castillo-Domingo/ANM

Modelled by Emily Daley, 38, a British full-time mum to two-year-old twins.

From left:

Outfit 1

Top, Dh225, Autograph at Marks and Spencer; Skirt, Dh260, Autograph at Marks and Spencer; Heels, Dh185, Marks and Spencer; Necklace, Dh65, Iconic.

Stylist’s tip

“Long vests were all over the S/S15 catwalks, and they’re a great way to break up an outfit and add a touch of tailored chic without weighing you down. I love this bright waistcoat by Zara. It’s perfect for work but can also be casual, or made glam for a night out.”

Outfit 2

Shirt, Dh260, Autograph at Marks and Spencer; Skirt, Dh175, Topshop; Heels, Dh159, New Look; Necklace, Dh90, Iconic.

“I feel so glamorous in this look. I would never have chosen it myself but it looks great!” – Emily

Outfit 3

Top, Dh195, Zara; Trousers, Dh355, Zara; Wedges, Dh350, Zara; Necklace, Dh95, Topshop.

Stylist’s tip

“Matching this vest with flared jeans makes it work in a very different way, for a retro look that totally ticks this year’s Seventies trend.”

 Maxi

The maxi dress

Dh235, Mango

Modelled by Bisra Babelli, 34, a British/Algerian mum to a two-year-old.

From left:

Outfit 1

Jacket, Dh329, Topshop; Wedges, Dh130, Iconic; Necklace, Dh59, Mango; Ring, Dh75, Topshop.

Stylist’s tip

“A maxi dress is a summer holiday staple – throw on a denim jacket and sandals for a casual look, or add a smart blazer and heels to glam it up. Going for a bold, block colour like this Mango piece will make it even more versatile and ensure you make a statement no matter what you pair it with.”

Outfit 2

Top, Dh185, Marks and Spencer; Wedges, Dh350, Zara; Necklace, Dh175, Zara.

Stylist’s tip

“Wearing a top over this dress transforms it into a maxi skirt, to give a totally different look.”

Outfit 3

Blazer, Dh495, Zara; Earrings, Dh30, Iconic.

“It’s crazy that the same dress can look so different. I would definitely wear this outfit for a night out with the girls or a date with my hubby.” – Bisra

 Tee

The Breton-striped tee

Dh45, New Look

Modelled by Arlette Fonseca, 35, Indian and mum to an eight-year-old and four-year-old.

From left:

Outfit 1

Trousers, Dh195, Zara; Shoes, Dh110, Iconic; Necklace, Dh175, Zara.

Stylist’s tip

“Stripes are a huge trend this summer, and no fashionista can be without the perennial classic, a Breton-striped top. Be sure you add one to your summer wardrobe – smart or casual, they go with everything.”

Outfit 2

Shirt, Dh90, Iconic; Skirt, Dh95, New Look; Heels, Dh495, Zara.

Stylist’s tip

“While a Breton-striped tee looks great in a casual outfit, team it with a pencil skirt for a snappy look that’s perfect for the office.”

Outfit 3

Skirt, Dh179, Mango; Earrings, Dh50, Topshop.

“This T-shirt is so comfortable, and I love the way it clashes with this skirt’s print – I don’t know if I’d ever be brave enough to do that!” – Arlette

 Jacket

The white biker jacket

Dh429, Topshop

Modelled by Ashley Wilson, 27, British full-time mum to a five-year-old and 10-month-old.

From left:

Outfit 1

Top, Dh120, Zara; Skirt, Dh125, New Look; Wedges, Dh289, Mango; Necklace, Dh95, Topshop.

Stylist’s tip

“Forget black leather jackets – this summer it’s all about adding edge while retaining a feminine feel with pale and interesting bikers. This jacket gently toughens up pastels, and is great for breaking up floral and graphic patterns.”

Outfit 2

Dress, Dh495, Zara; Wedges, Dh289, Mango; Earrings, Dh35, Iconic; Necklace, Dh65, Mango.

Stylist’s tip

“Update a Seventies-style floaty maxi with this pale biker jacket, for a summery look with a modern edge.”

Outfit 3

Dress, Dh499, Miss Selfridge; Wedges, Dh130, Iconic.

“I wouldn’t choose to wear this dress normally but the jacket helps to break it up and makes me feel more comfortable and self-confident.” – Ashley

Lindsay Judge

By Lindsay Judge

Fashion Editor