Have you ever obtained your summer season type sorted? — That’s Not My Age

Pictures: Matt Monfredi. Hair & make-up: Anna Durston


What’s your season? And I don’t imply that in a Color Me Lovely approach. Extra of a ‘when are you happiest in what you put on?’ Chatting to one in every of my neighbours lately, she commented, ‘ You at all times look good in your summer season clothes.’ How variety ( I used to be in Cos on the time). It’s so good to obtain a praise – however that’s one other function. I thanked her and stated that I at all times really feel like summer season isn’t my most trendy season. I’m rather more comfy in a uniform of denims and a shirt, or jacket. Spring and autumn are once I attain Peak Wardrobe Happiness.

Within the Guardian, a few weeks in the past, Jess Cartner Morley wrote a function on the perfect summer dress. She categorised the completely different kinds of clothes and the kind of individuals who gravitate in the direction of them. I laughed when it got here to the bit about shirt clothes and the abstract stated:

‘In case your most beloved summer season frock is a shirt gown, the reality might be that this isn’t, in reality, your favorite season to decorate for. You aren’t the let-it-all-hang-out sort. You’ll be completely satisfied when September rolls round and you may unroll your knitwear and zip into knee-high boots. Till then, you’ll lean into crisp shirting… to point out you can do summer season. You additionally like sporting linen.’

That is true. Shirt clothes, tick. Linen, tick. And, summer season isn’t my favorite season. So. What I’ve been making an attempt to do that 12 months is to discover a scorching climate model of dressing that I’m comfy with. Outfits that seize the best way I really feel in my denims, jackets and jumpsuits – quite than settling for a second-best gown as a result of it’s too humid for anything. This isn’t the best way to instil vogue confidence. Time to get my summer season type sorted. To switch my trademark TNMA look into an outfit that appears like me, on a scorching day.



How to do that?


Match is a very powerful factor

I do know I repeat this advert infinitum… however match (in all senses of the phrase) is a very powerful factor. Previous to this outfit, I attempted on a linen trouser swimsuit and striped T-shirt. It didn’t really feel proper. The trousers weren’t fairly slouchy sufficient and the entire ensemble felt a bit too neat, a bit like one in every of my Telegraph columns. It didn’t match my aesthetic or my physique.

Swap to a extra relaxed outfit, one consistent with my ordinary look and I’m immediately happier. Informal and summery it has a ‘Lucinda Chambers en vacances at her holiday home in France‘ vibe that I love. The shirt is easy-breezy and the COLOUR is magnificent. The broader leg, seersucker cotton, striped trousers substitute heavier denims or cargo pants and add a bit jaunty-ness to the proceedings. Ditto Penelope Chilvers snazzy spin on the Birkenstock mule, and the attractive, zesty orange leather-based tote. All of those parts come collectively to create a profitable mixture.

Take a correct take a look at the garments that make you’re feeling good

Both take them out of the wardrobe and place them on the mattress, or cling them on a separate rail when you have one. What’s it about these garments that makes you’re feeling completely satisfied and assured? Is it the color or the form? Is there a design function you want? I really like a Tremendous Shirt, I’m extra comfy in non-crotch-bothering trousers with pockets and blue is my color – is it any surprise I really feel assured on this outfit?

Whose type do you admire?

Above, I point out Lucinda Chambers, the cool-as-you-like vogue queen who at all times seems stylish. If summer season isn’t your favorite season, clothes-wise, then take a look round at what different trendy girls are sporting. Determine why it really works and if there are parts you possibly can adapt to your personal wardrobe. I’m not advising everybody flip right into a copycat – it’s essential to put on the shapes and silhouettes you’re feeling comfy in – however there’s no hurt in in search of inspiration after which possibly including a brand new twist to an outdated favorite.

Know the way you wish to look

Bear in mind the three adjectives! If summing up how I wish to look, I’d say ‘cool, relaxed and stylish’. The purpose is to really feel comfy in my garments – which is why shirt clothes are good as a result of I’m uneasy in something too faff-y or flouncy. I’d a lot quite be pared-down and clutter-free. I wish to appear like an elegant gentlewoman, all summer season lengthy.



A fast reminder you can store all my outfits by signing up to LTK – and there are many cool summer season items (I’d be completely satisfied to put on), within the TNMA SHOP.



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Crinkle cotton relaxed shirt from NRBY. Striped cotton trousers, Jigsaw. Brazilian Stripe Mules, Penelope Chilvers. Leather-based tote bag, Mimi Berry (take a look at the gathering, the totes are fairly moderately priced given their dimension and a few are within the sale, all made within the UK). All gadgets loaned for the shoot (although I could have held onto the tremendous shirt and trousers!)

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