Travel photographer and fashion influencer Claire Menary is an expert in holiday style and packing. But how about styling key holiday pieces at home? We challenged her to style up holiday staples for summer in the city.
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THE DENIM SHORTS
Denim cut off shorts are a classic holiday piece – but how do you style them up when you get back to life as usual? Running around the city, going to work, meetings, lunches and dinner dates means they need to be more comfortable and demure than at the beach bar.
Denim shorts in the city can be a bit daunting but by pairing with a long sleeved blouse, I don’t feel too exposed! Wearing with barely there sandals also helps keep things more casual and low key.
THE SUMMER SHIRT DRESS
A cute summer dress and sandals is the perfect holiday look. But how does it fare for summer in the city? Colourful dresses look fab on holiday, but sometimes can feel like a bold statement in the city, so relax the look with trainers.
Whenever I wear a dress and heels, I always feel very dressed up – which is definitely not my vibe for city dressing! I love wearing a casual pair of sneakers to relax a dress and in London, you definitely need to have comfy footwear! This dress is quite a statement but it’s made more everyday and casual thanks to the sneakers.
THE BEACH BAG
Everyone has their favourite straw beach bag for throwing all their holidays essentials in. Sun cream, check. Sunglasses, check. Beach read, check! But how do you make this work for day to day life at home?
Straw bags aren’t just for the beach. This is the perfect summery addition to an outfit and is the ideal size for storing all my random daily necessities I like to carry around with me.