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Summer breeze: Update your look for hotter climates

Now the weather's warmer, revamp your wardrobe and enjoy sun, sand and laid-back days

By Lisa Haynes

Like ice lollies and BBQ sausages, some things are just better suited to the peak of summer. It's the same for fashion trends that come with a specific June to September shelf life.

If you're going to pull off tropical prints or deckchair stripes, you really need the weather to play (beach) ball. That, or book a sun holiday pronto, so you can showcase your transient new closet in a suitable setting.

This is the time of year to take a few more risks with your clothes - but be quick. A word of warning: winter coats will be hitting the high street in a matter of months ...

PRAIRIE GIRL

This season's folk look is more luxe artisan than boho hippy. Think delicate embroidered pieces, statement fringing and intricate prints. Everything should be relaxed but not over-floaty - ideal for heatwave dressing. A maxi dress or skirt is perfect for long, balmy days.

CLUB TROPICANA

No summer is complete without palm prints and hibiscus flowers. Upgrade from your dainty country garden florals to this vacation-ready look. Even fruit is in on the act, with statement lemon or pineapple prints aplenty for a quirkier play on the trend. One key piece, like a Hawaiian shirt or dress, is all you need.

DESERT STORM

Step this way, minimalists. The utilitarian trend has adopted a Sonoran Desert twist. If you love the military trend, this is the summer refresh, with clean silhouettes in whites, khakis and sandy tones. Keep detailing to a minimum, other than practical pockets and waist belts. Stone suede shorts with a high waist for a flattering style are a key buy.

DECKCHAIR STRIPES

Put your Breton top on vacation because this summer is all about bold, deckchair-inspired stripes. Try this trend if you favour more structured pieces in slightly stiffer fabrics - stripes look better contained. Got an exhibitionist streak? Brave bright, multi-coloured wide stripes, but if you're trying the trend for the first time, stick to two colours like cobalt and white.

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