At last, our legs are out and summer is here. First on the shopping list for me is any one of the French collections that have a way of making the hotter months look easy in the wardrobe department. Petit Bateau‘s cute mini dress is a great way to make this point. Crisp white details, check. Gold highlights, check. Chic navy colour, check. Wearable, easy shape… Check! The entire Petit Bateau collection is a love letter to holiday life – a tomato pea coat, a striped tee dress plus jersey scarves to cosy up in when the sea breezes get up. Yes, please!
It was Coco Chanel who created the wardrobe we still choose to wear each sumer. She created the first jersey dresses, a fabric that had previously been worn for mens sportswear. Chanel also took the Breton shirts – and stripes – worn by fishermen and turned them into high fashion statements. It’s hard to imaging how women survived before the fashion genius had her lightbulb moment but it’s impossible to imagine life without it.
American Vintage, despite its name, is another Paris-based label that creates a whole wardrobe of bright and breezy jersey pieces. One of the freshest things about American Vintage is its endless variety of interesting colours which work with the season but without slavishly following it. Its vivid cactus green has an aqua tint which means it works with marine blue, sunshine yellow and sunset red: the best colours of summer. A friend recently bought the scarf and she hasn’t taken it off since.
Chic and shapely, the Paris style we all crave is certainly seen at its best in the sunshine months. Having flirted with busy prints this year I’ve decided to make the most of the moment and return to the simple dictates according to La Chanel so it’s bonjour! to plain jersey, sneakers, tees and unadorned denim. If it worked for a fashion genius, who am I to tinker with the perfect recipe for summer dressing?