Last Updated on 1st April 2014

If you’re a shrinking violet fond of muted tones and understated designs, it’s time to break out and embrace a new world of bold, bright, statement pieces. This year is all about confident, sassy styles, so read on.

Protect your precious skin and conceal those tresses with a chic, wide-brimmed hat. Choose an oversized, floppy straw hat and you’ll be right on trend.

There are a million and one styles to choose from – this summer why not try mirrored aviators, 1960s style retro frames, coloured or floral rims?

Beachwear and swimwear
Three cheers for the one-piece – it’s back and it suits just about any figure. The bandeau is also big this summer and is great for smaller-busted women. Choose a swimsuit in a block colour, floral or tropical print, then fling on a floaty, sheer kaftan with an embellished neckline for a spot of glamour and tuck your beach belongings into a trendy tote.

Statement dress
The maxi dress is here to stay, which is good news as no holiday wardrobe is complete without one. Elegant and versatile, a simple maxi dress is ideal for everything from beachside lounging and daytime outings, to sunset strolls and cocktail quaffing. Sweeping fabrics, bold colours and floral prints scream femininity and style.

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A cotton sundress is a must for any summer holiday and is sure to have you looking and feeling cool. Stripes are everywhere this season and never go out of fashion, so invest in a nautical striped sundress and you’re likely to wear it year after year.

A great alternative to dresses, playsuits are fun and stylish. Throw one over your bikini or swimsuit for a touch of poolside pizzazz.

Present those pins in a pair of super-short shorts. They’ll be useful on the beach and perfect for the impending festival season. Again, go for bold, pretty colours to give your wardrobe a welcome uplift.


Oh-so comfortable and attractive to boot, the wedge is still with us. You’ll benefit from the extra height and won’t have to endure the agony you might feel after a stint in your stilettos. Choose raffia or plaited rope soles and tan-coloured leather straps. If you can only face flats, fear not, you don’t have to stick with those sad old flip flops. How about some edgy metallic gladiator sandals or some colourful multistone embellished flats to fire up those feet?

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They will be on full display, so you want your toes to twinkle and your fingers to flash in the summer sun. Give your nails a new lease of life with a good quality, coral-coloured polish. You will exude sophistication and style.

Whatever you choose to wear this summer, don’t be afraid to depart from your comfort zone and try some bright colours and bold designs. There’s no need to wheel out your tired old tankini for the twelfth year running when there are so many fashionable and affordable pieces to choose from.

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