Not all summer wardrobes are created equal, and that is certainly the case when it comes to A-Listers. While some take the concept of off-duty waaaay too far - cargo pants and crocs are NEVER appropriate regardless of how low maintenance you want the world to believe you are - others appear to try too hard, which is so not a good look when you are supposed to be vacationing. So who manages to nail that chic but chilled summer look? Read on below to find out how our favourite sunshine celebs make their hot weather wardrobes work.
1. Nicole Richie
Oh Nicole! How we love thee. Emerging chrysalis-like from her nougties Simple Life incarnation, Ms Richie is quite simply, on it when it comes to summer style. We’ve loved her Cote d’Azur holiday wardrobe for several reasons. Firstly, she has been shopping some seriously cool brands of late including Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane and Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci – we loved that palazzo pant and tied shirt combo. Secondly she’s added edge to summer staples, from teaming a cropped high neck bikini top with sawn off Levi shorts, to accessorizing with heavy gold necklaces, belts and earrings adding an 80s glam finish. Finally she’s eschewed standard sexy swimwear and gone fore a neoprene gold swimsuit by designer Lisa Marie Fernandez – very Bond girl, no? Holiday heaven!
Ri Ri is the ultimate summer girl, more often spotted in her bikini than not. The Bajan beauty is the master of keeping haute in the heat, and is just as likely to be spotted in chic tailoring and skyscraper two strap Manolo Blahnik sandals as in a cozzie. To get her poolside look tap swimwear brands Charlie (by Matthew Zink) and Bang Bang swimwear - and don't be afraid to show some cheek! Rihanna has also taught us that a bikini is not just for the beach - a high point this summer has to be the one piece and sheer shirt outfit which she wore for a shopping expedition. Only Rihanna could have got away with it, but that’s why we love her.
3. Kylie Minogue
Kylie’s summer style is all about channelling that Dolce and Gabbana-esque, dolce vita look. From her leopard print one piece to her simple red slip, the vibe is very Italian, and full of feminine allure. Kylie keeps the look low-key by letting her hair curl naturally and going for comfortable footwear like her tan coloured Swedish Hasbeens. The perfect balance between style and slacking.
4. Alessandra Ambrosio
When Alessandra isn’t doing her best to make us green with bikini body envy, she also manages to wear summer holiday style pretty damn well. A fan of bohemian, loose cut peasant blouses and printed kaftans, Alessandra’s skill is making both colour and print work for her. From her bold motif swimwear – you can’t beat a Brazilian when it comes to a bikini – to her colourful neon bracelets and reflective sunnies, she manages to make summer styling look fun. Which as we know is no mean feat!