Key summer fashion whatever the weather!

The Great British Summer: wonderful for the brighter, longer days but not so great when it comes to the unpredictable weather and deciding what to wear.

It can look perfectly sunny when you peer out of the window but then as soon as you step out of your front door the heavens open and all of sudden your strappy dress and open-toed shoes don't seem like such a great idea.

At we have the key summer trends that ensure you can go from sun-shower to rain-shower and still look stylish (and dry!).

Here come the girls

So we've already stockpiled summer dresses and invested in new sandals, but how do we make them work when the weather isn't the Mediterranean temperature we desire? It can be frustrating when the weather catches you out but with a few simple styling tips you needn't banish your summer purchases to the back of your wardrobe.

The smock dress is currently a key shape and is set to be even bigger for winter, and what's more it flatters everyone - a simple t-shirt style on the top with a loose, oversized fit. On definite sunny days pair with sandals and keep a classic denim jacket close by for when the sun goes in - we all know one minute it can be cracking the decks and then the next minute the sun goes behind a cloud and leaves you feeling underdressed and cold. On cloudy days where a shower is possible, team with light opaque tights and layer a biker jacket on top.

Summer trends- ladies

A current favourite - the kimono - is another hard working piece that quickly transforms a simple tee and jeans into something special. A light chiffon style looks perfectly bohemian in the blazing sun, whilst a heavier cotton or velvet version is ideal for cloudier days and chilly nights, but still keeps you looking stylish. It's a new style to try out and is set to stick around, so invest now ladies.

Ankle boots should be a staple in every woman's wardrobe. Whether you prefer a high heel, mid heel or a flat, a simple black ankle boot is a style saviour. are favouring the cut out detail flat ankle boot, it's on trend and gives an edge to pretty summer dresses, so don't be afraid to mix and match an otherwise chunky black boot with a summery dress, it's perfect for the temperamental summer we have to endure - the odd rain shower will never catch you out.

Summer trends shoes- women

Not forgetting the boys!

Tailored looks are a big hit again this summer for menswear, making it a very versatile look whether it pouring it down or the sun has decided to make an appearance. Tailored shorts and blazers can bring an outfit from casual day to evening nightwear. Another Key trend to cover you from those wet summer days is the bomber jacket. Lightweight and waterproof, makes it the perfect pairing to any summer outfit.

Summer trends- men

Summer trends shoes- men

So there you have it, the guide to dressing for the typical British weather. Remember: removable layers, easy-to-wear dresses and a pair of trusted ankle boots will see you through - and will last way into the autumn months.

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