Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Summer in the City; There's More to Summer Wardrobes Than Bikinis and Floral Tea Dresses. the Tailoring That Saw You through the Winter Doesn't Need to Be Discarded, Just Looked at in a New Way, Says Nadia Balame-Price

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Summer in the City; There's More to Summer Wardrobes Than Bikinis and Floral Tea Dresses. the Tailoring That Saw You through the Winter Doesn't Need to Be Discarded, Just Looked at in a New Way, Says Nadia Balame-Price

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Byline: Nadia Balame-Price

It's a sad fact of the British summer that you cannot guarantee sunshine, no matter how many times you refresh your weather app. So you need hard-working outfits that can cope on the Tube, under the icy blast of the office air-con and on an evening out for alfresco drinks.

Here are some tips to see you through until September.

Blazer of glory The blazer is the one piece that should be hanging in the wardrobe of every woman in the city -- it's the hardest working item that instantly takes any outfit up a notch. The beauty of the blazer is that anything goes, and whatever style suits you is key. However, this season, go for for a more relaxed look with an oversized fit that can still be thrown over a swimsuit tucked into jeans or a slogan T-shirt and tailored trousers ready for that romantic alfresco sunset dinner date.

Denim with a difference The original hardworking fabric is being re-imagined in every which way for the summer. Frills, frayed hems, embroidery and patchwork styles are all in stores right now but if you really want to up the ante go for double denim. This pairing -- beloved of cowboys and ageing rockers -- has been given a modern twist with a statement sleeve and a more tailored fit. A paler denim will feel more summer appropriate and modern.

Pyjama party The PJs trend has been around for a few seasons now but there's no denying it's an easy summer look. The fabrics, often silk or cotton, are light enough to be cool while still looking chic, and with the right accessories create a perfectly acceptable summer office look -- no need to worry about baring too much flesh. Go for a matching set if you really want to make a statement.

Happy feet Trainers are still very much in fashion but for the warmer months it's time to let the toes breath, which is where the sandal, slipper flat and babouche really come into their own. There's no sky high heel here, just easy to wear styles that go with anything from wide-leg trousers to metallic dresses. …

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