Red’s fashion director tells us about her summer city picks

The summer of 2022 arrived quickly – especially after two years of intermittent normalcy. So while we’re rejoicing at finally being able to book hot holidays, enjoy summer events and work in the office, we’re also a little daunted at the prospect of dressing up for them.

Fortunately, Red’s fashion director, Oonagh Brennan, is on hand with her guide to rocking the city’s summer fashion. So if you are deliberating whether to buy another resort or something more sensible that you will surely use again, now you can dive in…

monochrome summer

When it’s hot in the city, I wear monochromatic clothes and stylish accessories. I love the new architectural tops this season – my current choice is a one-shoulder style paired with an A-line midi. It looks modern and minimalist, but still appropriate for summer.

Lace is making a comeback this season, but the key to keeping it chic is with a boho aesthetic. The easiest way to do this is with guipure lace, or anything woven from cotton, and sticking to the natural tones.

When it comes to the top: if you don’t want to invest in a whole new outfit, pair your new purchase with any black shirt design – bandeaus, Bardot styles, and anything with spaghetti straps will work, as long as the cleavage is crisp!

Strappy sandals (choose a low heel for practical stitches) add polish while a fabric bag keeps the look summer-appropriate. Bold tones and a voluminous chain are the ultimate flourish.

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A one-shoulder top reveals just enough skin to be subtly sexy and looks great with jeans, tailored pants or maxi skirts. The Mint Velvet’s design is made from comfortable jersey, which is always a plus.

Reveal your shoulders and cleavage with the bold necklines of summer and offset it with a thick gold chain or pendant. Try layering some necklaces for maximum impact.

I love Farm Rio’s new approach to lace. Instead of looking fussy and formal, this A-line midi skirt has a relaxed, Ibiza-inspired feel, thanks to cotton Giupure fabric and off-white tone. Place the matching top in your Net-a-porter basket to get three looks for the price of one.

The new summer sandal has barely noticeable straps and a “walkable” low heel. The minimalist design of the H&M Bargain Pair really highlights the skirt’s midaxi length – for an elegant ankle touch.

The black accents running through Jigsaw’s fabric bag look more city-appropriate than the natural-toned raffia beach bags. This accessory also works well in winter, with dark denim, leather and drawstring.

Cat sunglasses are perfect for pairing with strong, sharp necklines and giving your tailoring a clean, modern finish. These are summer’s “It” shades, but they’ll look just as cool with a stylish navy blue Crombie coat and black leather pants for winter.

If you can’t quite stretch out for the angular Saint Laurent style, I also love Le Spec’s £55 big cat eye shades. They are high quality for such an affordable price – Meghan Markle is a fan too.

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