Meet the high-summer staple we always pack, whether we’re sunbathing in Formentera or sightseeing in Lisbon. One of our holiday wardrobe heroes, the high-waisted design works with every top we pack, whether it’s a tailored crop top or a one-piece. We pull out the same skirts year after year and, with a few simple updates, like a pair of statement earrings, we live in them on holiday as well as those sweltering city days. The key is to choose a plain fabric in a summer neutral (white or soft pastels). Here are four ways we’ll be wearing our sarong skirt on our next getaway.
One styling trick from women in the know is to pair a straight, fitted skirt with a blousy top – it’s slimming and perfect for hot weather. Have fun with your skirt while keeping the overall outfit smart; subtle tassels add a feminine touch without being high-drama. There are different rules with hot-weather dressing and, worn with the right separates, this is an ageless look.
A classic white maxi skirt is a summer staple that you can wear with anything. Its simplicity means you can have a little more fun on top, and this summer’s trend for tailored crop tops suits the look perfectly. The key is to wear crop tops with high-waisted maxis, so you only glimpse an inch of skin, and keep the top tailored so it looks elevated. It might seem risqué, but you’ll be surprised how wearable it is.
A high-waisted wrap skirt that’s a little more tailored with an asymmetric hem looks just as good on the boardwalk as it does on the terrace of a restaurant. One trick for looking really pulled together in hot weather is choosing tonal colours with different finishes. Smocking is the ultimate high-summer fabric – it’s flattering because it’s really supportive, and is perfect paired with linen.
The best swimwear can now double as a bodysuit. A white one-piece in a matt fabric is our new summer hero, and with an interesting but sophisticated neckline (that holds everything in place), it can instantly turn into a top. Contrast the white fabric with a summery pastel for a flattering look that’s perfect for the beach bar.
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