The Arabian Summer is hitting us hard. So what’s the fastest way to hot-weather-proof your wardrobe? Colour. And yet, judging by the latest pictures of the style set last week, there are two schools of thought when it comes to which hues are right for now.
The first is the fashion-editor favourite: head-to-toe black. The annual Serpentine Summer Party, held at Hyde Park in London, looked like a gathering of crows. In a good way. Elsewhere, Rihanna chose a leather trouser suit from her own collection for the recent BET Awards. The obvious upside to black? It’s pretty much sweat-proof – a huge plus when you live in a country that’s currently hotter than the sun – and it’s also super-chic. Seek out pieces in cotton, linen or silk (black is a heat-absorber, so you want a breathable fabric if possible) and pay attention to the shoes. Give a sweet square-necked black dress some bite with Velcro Teva sandals, or why not posh up leather shorts with some barely there strappy sandals?
And yet there’s something arguably more alluring about this summer’s other colour story – brights. The street-stylers at Paris Fashion Week Men’s looked like walking-talking Pantone swatches. Fuchsia! Lime! Tangerine! Kendall Jenner and singer Ella Mai also made a case for zinging neon green. Yes, it’s trickier than black, but there are plus points. You’ll look like a ray of sunshine and everyone around you will have something to smile about. For first-timers, pick one shade for the main body of your outfit – a frog-green trouser suit, à la Sienna Miller, for example – then go neutral on accessories.