FASHION FILES: ROAD TRIP SUMMER LOOKS

ESP’s style guru Sue Donnelly gives us her take on the summer looks featured in the July issue’s fashion pages….


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This time around it’s perfectly OK for men to wear some flowers!

Look out for details on shirts and even sweat shirts as modelled by Darren and Lee (below).

This season it’s fine to work out at the gym and still sport your more feminine side.


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Denim has made itself known in virtually every conceivable way.

Apart from the inevitable jeans, you’ll find it in shorts, skirts, dresses, tops, jumpsuits and even handbags.

No longer restricted to blue, look for colours such as red or white and with added motifs in a floral pattern.


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Summer is the time for outdoor festivals. To capture that ‘boho’ feel, add some suede fringing in a poncho or a handbag.

If suede (or tan) isn’t your thing you can wear pattern (stripes) instead. Team with lace for a really up to date vibe.


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Gingham has made a comeback too but it’s no longer reminiscent of Doris Day.

You can find it in cut off shirts, dresses and trousers. Combine with lace or denim for a more creative look.

The kimono can be found in long and shorter styles.

It’s a great way to add some zing in your outfit and as a cover up when it gets cold.

Leave loose if you don’t have a defined waist.

A tip: If you are choosing pattern, select with your body shape in mind. A more rounded pattern looks better on a curvier body. Stripes often suit a straighter one.


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Jenny (left) Sunglasses – £13, Skinny mid-rise jeans – £40, White embellished flower detail top – £35 Leopard print kimono – £40. All River Island, Serpentine Green.

Darren – White T-shirt – £10, Short sleeve shirt – £25, Skinny fit denim shorts – £28, Aviator sunglasses – £13. All River Island, Serpentine Green

Stacie – T-shirt – £16, Denim shorts – £30, Suedette fringed kimono – £40. All River Island, Serpentine Green


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Lee (above left and below) – Muscle vest top – £12, Slim fit button fly jeans – £60, Black & cream short sleeve shirt – £25. All Jack & Jones, Queensgate.

Nicole  – Blue frill top – £32, White denim shorts – £26. All Warehouse, Queensgate.

Lee – Surf print T-shirt – £18, Denim shorts – £32. All River Island, Serpentine Green.


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Nicole (above) – Denim dress – £35, Topshop, Outfit, Serpentine Green, Floral kimono – £22, Miss Selfridge, Outfit, Serpentine Green.


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Stacie (above) – Long sleeveless cardigan – £38, Floral dress – £32, Straw trilby – £18. All Warehouse, Queensgate.

Darren – Sweatshirt – £35, Denim regular fit shorts – £25.  All Jack & Jones, Queensgate.

Jenny (below) – White dress – £36, Check shirt – £30.  All Topshop, Outfit, Serpentine Green.


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Stylist: Natasha Fierro

Hair: Laura Schiavone and Alex Anthony, Bella Mia, 01733 308737.

Make-up: Fabianne Calitri, Bella Mia.

Photography: Andy Vernum @ Studio One

Models: Jenny Taylor, Nicole Saunders, Stacie Dunn, Darren Grigas, Lee Bailey.

Our thanks to the team at Sycamore Harley-Davidson, Uppingham for the use of their gorgeous bikes. Tel: 01572 823296.

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