Fashion Shoot: Drinks by the Sea

John DaviesFashion

Drinks by

the sea

Whether you are having a staycation or a vacation, it is always nice to buy some new holiday clothes to feel like you are escaping the norm. Ultra violet is Pantone’s Colour of the Year. However, we have seen lots of this toned-right-down-to-a-softer-lilac colour, along with many other pastels available this season.

Styling by Claire Jacklin
Hair by A Brush With Beauty
Photography by Alina Hibbert, University of South Wales.
With thanks to Kate Millar, for modelling, and
Holm House Hotel for their beautiful balcony views

Look 1

I fell in love with this dress from Monsoon as soon as I saw it. Not only does it have flattering converging stripes around the bust area but it also has elongating stripes to help the wearer look taller and slimmer. The frill along the armholes softens the look and adds femininity, but it’s the ice cream colours that I loved the most!

If you don’t feel like wearing a mixture of pastel tones together you can always opt for one block colour, and I particularly love the pleated satin skirt in lilac by Mint Velvet.

  • Dress – Monsoon
  • Basket star bag – @tobe_designs_ Indian
  • Summer clutch – @effortlesstradingco
  • Hat – Joules – John Lewis

Look 2

Pastels are not always easy to wear, especially if you have darker skin, in which case stronger, bolder colours may suit you better. In this case it’s best to opt for a neutral colour such as navy (which pretty much suits everyone) and add the lighter colours through accessories. For minimal holiday packing, accessories are key as they can change the look from day to evening with minimal effort. This beautiful floaty chiffon dress in navy would be perfect for dressing up on a hot evening. The asymmetric hemline and the slash sleeves are great for keeping cool and adding interest. I have been massively drawn to yellow recently and these Karen Millen shoes caught my eye. I always love navy and yellow together!

  • Dress – Mint Velvet – John Lewis
  • Shoes – Karen Millen – John Lewis
  • Pom pom straw clutch @my_new.wardrobe
  • Hat – Joules – John Lewis
Claire Jacklin

Our Fashion and Style contributor Claire Jacklin, has a wealth of fashion styling knowledge and experience. Her very first job was in the design rooms of Paul Smith where she would draw the technical drawings for the pattern cutters. After completing a four year fashion design degree with marketing and promotion, she worked for the London College of Fashion.

Claire’s passion runs deeper than just the fashion elements, she has a natural ability to put a client at ease and her caring nature and humour make her exceptional.

Claire began her business as a Personal Stylist in 2014. Her client base has grown organically and as she was told during interview at the London College of Fashion, “your reputation precedes you” Claire’s reputation is making her mark in the fashion realm far and wide. 

Claire’s blog

As a supporter of small brands, I wanted to feature some new labels that have fun products and deserve a big shout out. The pom pom straw clutch featured is by my_new.wardrobe and is a real wow piece that adds to the evening look perfectly.

The star basket bag by tobe_designs is roomy and would be fantastic for the beach or an evening of shopping and strolling along the promenade. However, my all time favourite has to be the Indian summer tassel clutch by effortlesstradingco. Do check it out online, as it is truly stunning and makes for a great day or evening accessory, which I am so pleased to have been gifted. I will also be showing off the gorgeous watermelon clutch, also by effortlesstradingco, whilst on my holidays to Marbella this July. The problem is, once you find a new brand that you fall in love with, you seem to want to buy everything. I am literally about to press ‘Add to Basket’ on their beautiful grey print kaftan too. I do need a new cover-up so it may as well be one made from 100% cotton, ey?!