How To Master The French Braid
The Skirt Laura's nailed summer leather with this blue asymmetric Whistles number. You wouldn't think to layer over a long tee, but these proportions look fresh. The Bag While a tan bag is a wardrobe perennial, Laura wears her Proenza Schouler PSII with pizzazz when combined with fresh blocks of colour. The Slip-Ons Robert Clergerie sneakers tick the slip-on trend but bring a little something extra with the raffia texture, flatform stack and mint shade.
The Cardigan The cardie is back and Pear's uber fringed number from Bangkok looks all the more on-trend thanks to her cold shoulder styling. The Accessories Think a backwards baseball cap won't work? Pear wears her & Other Stories one in low-key black and tilted far back to look no fuss and nonchalant. The Trousers These white roll-ups and a hint of midriff instantly summer-up Pear's all-black halter, boots and cap.
The Jacket Black selvedge denim adds a clash of '90s grunge to the staple jean jacket. Shivvy keeps her casual Topshop outerwear chic with luxe leather. The Skirt How to wear a voluminous midiskirt for daytime? With a simple tee and Liberty x Nike Air Max. Easy. The Bag Vintage logo bags like this Fendi messenger, bring insider know-how to a simple get up.
The Pearls Classical layered pearls adds extra granny glamour to this louche Annie Hall-esque look. The Sweater This cashmere creation has authentic borrowed-from-the-boyfriend appeal. The singular tonal palette is what makes this outfit of oversized basics extra special. The Trousers Sophie's wide, loose ankle-swingers are from Ralph Lauren. If effortless summer chic would be summed up in one item, these would be it.
The Jacket - A vintage kimono is a game-changer, adding '70s vibes to Scandi-style minimalism.The Mom Jeans - High-waist '80s jeans are the alternative to OTT ripped denim. Wear yours with boots and a flash of ankle for a smart streamlined look. The Accessories - Nina's tangerine J Lindberg beanie and lemon American Apparel clutch provide a touch of spring without an entire wardrobe change.
The Jacket - A biker jacket is the most obvious spring update, but boy does it work. The Jeans - India has mastered the knee rip with these vintage jeans. The cropped, straight leg style keep this pair on the clean side of grunge. The Pool Slides - The summer sandal of 2014 - these Topshop slip-ons add instant sports chic to any outfit.
The Sweatshirt - Pull on a logo'd sweat to rough up a preppy shirt, buttoned all the way up. The Skirt - The angled peplum on Peggy's leather skirt dials up the flirt of this boyish combo. The Trainers - These Suecomma Bonnie trainers and sporty socks add off-kilter colour and cheekiness, keeping this styled outfit looking nonchalant.
The Coat - This bell-sleeved A-line coat is vintae Christian Lacroix - what a find. The silhouette is extra special when worn with this simple mod-style shift dress. The Bag - The studs on Jasmine's Alexander Wang Rocco bag bring a tough edge to a sweet look. Points for the double citrus hit. The Slipper - Loafers? Too hard. Ballet pumps? Too soft. Jasmine has wisely settled for properly posh slippers bringing a mannish lift.
The Shirt - For an authentic masculine touch, head to the menswear department. This oversized Zara Man shirt has genuine borrowed-from-the-boyfriend appeal. The Bag - Wear a long-strap bag like this Dylan Kain style on one shoulder (instead of cross-body) for a sleeker look. Black leather breaks up the sea of blue too. The Suit - Carmen works relaxed tailoring with effortless cool, thanks to the dimensions of her Hansel & Gretel suit. Wear a long, slim-fit jacket over matching wide-leg pants and - hey presto! - you've got the perfect loose-line silhouette.
This Shirt - This classic Wilby shirt holds Jessica's look together: without it she'd look frou-frou, but with it, her fabulous cocktail feathers are transformed into an easy-breezy look. The Dress - This Acne dress is quite the elegant confection - timeless, fun and suprisingly multipurpose. Jessica can whip off her shirt and be cocktail-ready instantly. The Watch - It's all in the detail: take a sharp white shirt one mannish step further with a heavy metal timepiece.
The Crop Top - If a crop top seems too girlish, try a rough leather version. The high-neck of this Bless'ed Are The Meek one is extra demure. The Jacket - Spring/summer '14 catwalks were awash with painterly brushstrokes. Dasha's sporty bomber shape tones down the jazziness of this print. The Shoes - Matching your shoe hue to a colour in your print is savvy accessorising, but especially in this punchy shade of yellow.
The Bralet - Less crop top, more bra top - though small, this printed number is outdoor-appropriate, thanks to it's loose shape. The Skirt - Matchy-matchy looks extra special in a surrealist print and candy colour. The high-waist and full length of this Alice McCall skirt is chic with a midriff-flashing top. The Courts - Nicole knows how to keep a pretty pink look cool: by offsetting with a pop of pastel blue. These Gianvito Rossi courts are sharp and not too sweet.
The Cap - Lena-Marie's backwards baseball cap from Monki is brimming with teenage nonchalance, lending attitude to heels and skinnies. The Coat - Another Monki number, this duster coat shape is everywhere. Worn open with separates, it adds instant Scandi-cred. The Trousers - Topshop gingham skinnies are an unexpectedly retro item in this minimal mix - the monochrome helps them blend in.
The Hat - Pastels and fluffy sweaters require mannish touches - like this panama hat - to keep them up to date. The Bag - Vintage designer bags last a lifetime, especially when small and hands-free like this Dior number - a smart find! The Skirt - Leanne's pleated pastel Asos skirt is sweetness and light, and is most flattering when worn with a crop top.
The Jacket - The new way to wear your denim jacket? Like it's a shirt. Topshop Boutique's number looks very spring/summer 2014 in this boxy shape. The Culottes - Long and wide culottes are a work-friendly way to channel the louche masculine look - especially this Topshop pair worn with a heel.
The Jumper - Nell's Asos sweater takes laid-back collegiate style to the next, oversized level. Combined with unorthodox accessories, she makes this her own.
The Super Hoops - The addition of these giant Asos earrings brings a new slant to Akira's tomboyish quiff and denim. They'll work just as well come holiday time. The 'Mom' Jeans - These high-waisted '90s-style jeans take no prisoners, but Akira has wisely kept her authentic retro pair on the loose-fit side of old-school. A skinny belt and turn-ups help elongate her already cracking legs. The Soft Trench - The perfect antidote to bleached denim and boyish sneaks, this soft, vintage trench coat adds a languid femininity. And makesfor a nice change from the classic tan mac.
The Devore Top - The high neck and velvet finish of this Topshop jumper are a great way to balance out the micro-hem of Monique's skirt. The Skirt Suit - This psychedelic skirt suit may look vintage, but it's actually from Zara. The flippy hem and snug fit of the jacket bring a retro fabric into the modern age. The Patent Boots - Continuing with her King's-Road-in-the-'60s vibe, Monique's patent Chelsea Boots give her a final flourish to her look.
The Nerd Specs - Your glasses really can make an outfit: Rache's slightly oversized frames from Specsavers finish off her preppy look. The Platforms - Rubber-soled '90s shoes are everywhere right now. Rachel's are from Truffle and she injects extra personality by tying her laces around her ankles.
The Double Jacket - How to ditch your winter coat in two easy steps: sling a gilet over a shirt-jacket. The shrunken leather helps nip in the silhouette of Michelene's Urban Outfitters camo. The Cap - Topping off the look - and balancing out her sweet, wavy hair - Michelene's vintage cap gives an enthusiastic nod to this season's most coveted bit of sports kit.
Our sandalled feet are planted firmly in the Spring / Summer season now and this new found fashion freedom (bare legs, little jackets), courtesy of the rising temperatures, has sent Style Hunter pounding the tarmac yet again. This month we've seen appearances from the ol' faithfuls: biker jackets, baseball caps and pretty pleats and the hot trends: pool slides, ripped jeans, crop-tops and matchy-matchy looks. Bright colours and bold prints, the typical favourites of the sunny season have met their match at summer's dark side with tough luxe black and leather edging their way into many a look.
Take your inspiration from the streets this season and glean tips from our latest Style Hunter gallery...
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