Clothing tips for hot climates!

We all love a bit of fun in the sun, whether it’s warm summer temperatures at home or scorching climates abroad. But with these increased temperatures and tricky climates comes the problem (and challenge!) of staying fashionable in the heat. There’s no need to worry though, as we’ve put together some stylish tips and tricks that will have you looking and feeling cool in hot climates and summer months!

Dresses, dresses, dresses!

Maxi dresses and hot summer weather are a match made in heaven, as they are fashionable, lightweight, and airy. Materials like cotton, light linen, or other natural fibres or light linen are perfect when you want to stay comfortable without compromising on style. These fabrics allow air to circulate and they act like a built-in air conditioner for your body. Oh, and let’s not forget that maxi dresses also look amazing!

If you’re looking for something playful and summery, then make sure to check out Patchouli Fair.  Their tea dresses and maxi dresses are made of cotton and some of the floral patterns are adorned with sequins and beadwork, which provide a very feminine finish. Also ideal for lovers of vintage vibes!

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Patchouli Fair Ava Maxi Dress
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Cotton Brothers Maxi Dress

 

Summer colours

We all know that summer and warmer climates are great for injecting a splash of colour into your life, but they can also help cool you down. Light colours and pastels are great for hot days, as they look chic and light. If you’re off to the beach or notice yourself getting a little bit of a tan (yay!), then white is also a gorgeous colour to go for. Not only is it elegant and classy, but these lighter colours help reflect the sun and keep you cool, which means you’ll be looking good without breaking a sweat.

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Cotton Brothers White Dress

Footwear

Imagine wearing leather boots when it’s 35 degrees outside…No thanks. When it’s hot and stuffy, especially in tropical climates, it’s all about making sure you get enough ventilation. So, leave your trainers at home and get some fabulous sandals. Not only are they subtle, cute, and multi-purpose, but they keep your feet nice and cool. Plus, they look great with maxi dresses, shorts, or even light summer trousers. These gorgeous summer sandals, with a fun and playful floral pattern, are perfect for a day out at the beach or a casual evening in. Say goodbye to sweaty feet – these sandals are lightweight, fashionable, and ideal for adding variation to you outfits. And they hardly take up any space in a suitcase. Perfect for a holiday, if you ask me.

Accessories

Sunglasses are lifesavers when it comes to hot climates that receive plenty of sun Not only do they protect your eyes from the sun, but they also tie a look together. For instance, try combining a white top and comfortable Robell trousers with a cute pair of Powder sunglasses. A simple, but playful and elegant statement full of subtle details. Sunglasses even serve a purpose when you’re inside, as you can use them to keep your hair out of your face (and out of mind).

If you know you are going to be in direct sunlight for most of the day, then consider investing in a wide-brimmed hat. They are lightweight, breathable and great for keeping the sun off your face and shoulders. Perfect to dress up your outfits in summer and always guaranteed to keep you looking and feeling cooler in the hot weather. Plus, they just add that classy factor when combined with a fancy evening dress or a summer skirt!

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Best of British: the best labels flying the flag for home-made fashion

Best of British Fashion

Fashion is big business in Britain, with consumers splashing out £27 billion on womenswear alone. And according to a recent report from Mintel, nearly 90 percent of UK adults are interested in buying clothes that have been manufactured in Britain.
Small but fashionably formed, the UK produces some of the world’s most creative and inspiring fashion talent.  We have namechecked some of the brightest and finest brands heralded for their homespun approach and endeavours to produce all their garments here in Britain.

Out of Xile

Established in 1983, Out Of Xile create womenswear for occasions, providing beautiful, flexible clothing to replace formality. Fabrics are a key element to every collection and where possible are made from natural yarn and dyed to create a tonal look – Out Of Xile is instantly recognisable for their unique colour palette. Dresses and separates can be mixed up and matched according to taste and create a flattering silhouette. Out of Xile is made in various places around the UK. See our blog on Out of Xile to read more about their fabulous creations and how they are made. Shop today.

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Out of Xile Crepe Twisted Hem Skirt and Lace Jacket

A Postcard from Brighton

A Postcard From Brighton is also not only designed in the UK but is actually made in England too, a rarity these days! Those clever people at A Postcard From Brighton use a unique vintage process which gives all their pieces a wonderful softness and look. Their styles are distinctive and instantly recognisable if you’re a fan and once you’ve owned a piece, you definitely want more. Their pledge is to keep the UK textiles industry alive and to have as small a carbon footprint as possible. The clothes not only feel gorgeous, they are super ethical too. Our next collection is due in early Summer. Shop today.
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OneLife

Best known for its summer collection which is made of 100% cotton, we love this range because it needs little care and it perfect for the holiday suitcase or your cruise wear wardrobe. Its collection is figure skimming and comes in a sumptuous range of hot and cool colours. Another designer fashion label which is designed and mostly made in the UK, OneLife is an individual look that is not found on the high street, suiting women of all ages and sizes up to Size 22. Shop Now.
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Owen Barry

As soon as you handle an Owen Barry bag, you will appreciate its difference. It has been hand cut and made by Somerset craftspeople from specially selected British and European skins. The trimmings have also been sourced and commissioned from environmentally friendly resources close to home; the inherent quality, timeless styling and love in every bag just shines through. Shop today.

Retuned

Retuned Clothing is a British designer label which has its roots in retro and vintage styling. Retuned create feminine dresses that are made to flatter petite and curvy sizes and their styles are very distinctive. The Retuned dresses come in a range of plain colours and bold prints and are often playful in their styling. Again, Colmers Hill Fashion has chosen the brand because it is designed and made in the UK. Shop today.
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In recent years, fashion has been one of the industries that have set its sights on the bigger, international picture, and it is now a truly global business that should not have to shift into reverse and become focused on only the home market. It has long been thought that fashion can only benefit from the rich mix that different nationalities bring to the table. But that is not to diminish the great fashion stories that this country has to offer, both well-known and under the popular radar.
If you like the above or are looking for that new Spring/Summer outfit then visit: https://www.colmershill.com or if you are local come and see our shop – Colmers Hill, Manor Barn, Manor Yard, Mill Lane, Symondsbury, DT6 6HG

How to Ditch Summer Body Image Issues and Shine

Summer is tantalisingly on the horizon! But not all of us are rejoicing. Many women I know and work with are experiencing bathing suit anxiety. We feel incredibly self-conscious about our bodies regardless of our size or shape.

A recent survey found, 43% of women missed out on going to the pool or beach because they didn’t like their appearance! That’s right 4 out of 10 of us are skipping summer fun, denying ourselves pleasure because of Bad Body Image.

And that was me too on a recent holiday … only running to the swimming pool cloaked in a towel when I was sure no-one else was around!!

If you have body image issues, the chances are, you’ll cower behind a big sunhat and entertain negative thoughts. Here’s the secret to feeling great this summer: Stop focusing on changing your body and start focusing on changing your body image.

Forget high-street shops

There’s nothing wrong with chain stores, but they won’t feed your soul. The clothing that will raise your self-esteem, if you have issues with your body, is likely to come from boutiques, vintage clothing stores, or off-the-wall shops, the type where you can find unusual, interesting outfits that grab your attention. These sorts of shops tend to know their stuff and will help you find styles that will flatter you and help you feel less self-conscious. Your first instinct is to hide when the summer approaches, but you will change your mind if you dress in ways that reflect your attractive nature. 

Uncover who you are

Many people emotionally freeze, regardless of the heat, when the summer arrives. They don’t like the thought of stripping off to reveal a swimsuit or wearing shorts and a tight tee shirt. Telling them to throw caution to the wind and let it all hang out won’t work; they will still feel uncomfortable. However, if this sounds like you, you don’t have to face your fear because you can meet your joy instead.

The real you is attractive and fun-loving, you don’t want to hide or worry about being judged about not resembling the physical ideal when dressed in traditional summer garb. There are plenty of ways to dress that will flatter you and suit your inner nature. Think, ethnic chic, and hand dyed cotton fabrics, or geometric shapes, diagonal lines and sharp outlines. Whatever you prefer, you can find clothing and accessories that help you shine from the inside out, revealing your true personality.

Mix and match

Shopping is fun, but you may not need to splash out on new clothes if you are creative with those you already own. People often have wonderful outfits in their wardrobes, which they’ve never put together. The clothes you usually wear in the summer might help you feel more attractive if you match them differently. Try clothes on that you haven’t worn together before. Also, wear them differently. Layer thin clothes, and wear items that drape, cross over, or can be hitched up to reveal layers underneath. Add a hat, scarf, sunglasses and a bag, and carefully select necklaces to add a creative touch.

Don’t fear summer fashion; claim it, design it, and wear it stylishly with confidence. Most importantly, don’t focus on your flaws, highlight your personality with your clothing and you will shine.

Visit Online Fashion Boutique Colmers Hill Fashion to see how you can shine – https://www.colmershill.com/

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Aagh!! What’s the dress code for Wimbledon, Ascot, Glyndebourne..?

If you are going to any of the big society events such as Glyndebourne, Wimbledon, Ascot, Henley etc and you need help, do not worry. Desist from stress. We have rifled the Colmers Hill Fashion rails so you don’t have to. You can look fashionable, whatever the occasion, whatever the weather. There’s no need to sacrifice your comfort by freezing, boiling or being uncomfortable all day.

In short, whatever the ‘appropriate attire’ or dress code, ladies, we can work it to our advantage!

And she’s off! Outfit ideas for Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot is a fashion event. Forget about the horses. The enclosure you go to dictates how much you should dress up. Warning: this is not dressing up in a humorous way. The website clearly states ‘fancy dress and replica sports shirts are not permitted’.  Oh right, we’re not going then …

Smart, fashionable trousers are ideal for the turf. Steer clear of linens that turn you into a crumpled paper bag by lunchtime. Our deck trousers can be worn capri style with pretty flats or full length with a heel, depending on your height. The stretch keeps you comfortable and holds its shape all day. The cut is very flattering madam. Choose from lovely summery colours – aqua, hot pink or dusky pink or play it cool with black. Wear with a Darling top, for example the Dion pearl trimmed top or Dottie jacket with its beautiful embellished buttons.

Darling Dion Top in ivory available at Colmers Hill Fashion
The pretty Darling Dion Top with pearls detailing on its tiered hemline
Darling Dottie Jacket in white worn with the Darling Marion Dress in Navy available at Colmers Hill Fashion
Darling Dottie Jacket worn with the Darling Marion Dress available at Colmers Hill Fashion

If you need to wear a hat, a dress and jacket are a good team. Our Eucalyptus tea dresses such as the Rosa navy floral are gorgeous prints in styles that flatter all ages. Team with heels or flats, with a pretty Out of Xile vintage tulle edge cardi. They are great for any formal occasion and happily dress down with a denim jacket on another day. Our favourite milliner Fiona Baker makes headpieces to order which will slip into a small bag if the weather turns iffy.

The Rosa is floaty chiffon tea dress by Eucalyptus with pretty cap sleeves and a contrasting tie belt available at Colmers Hill Fashion
The Rosa is floaty chiffon tea dress by Eucalyptus with pretty cap sleeves and a contrasting tie belt

It’s your advantage: what to wear at Wimbledon

Wimbledon is more smart casual but it’s a challenge for spectators, not just the players. When you’re seated for long stretches, swivelling your head from side to side, you need to be comfortable. And if you plan to be on the Centre Court, or TV, you need to look good.

Spectators are sitting ducks if it gets really hot or cold, so a longer skirt or a print culotte such as our Darling Hilda culottes are practical. Wear with flat ballerinas or a heeled sandal.  Layer your top half to give you options if the weather changes: the simple ivory Darling Quinn top and a cute Friday on My Mind honeycombe cardi will be perfect. Take a big statement tote to keep your day’s clobber in. Alternatively, check out Myrine’s Anna floral tunic or Amele maxi dress – super comfortable and sooo pretty!

Myrine Amele Ankle Dress with pretty floral print available at Colmers Hill Fashion
Myrine Amele Ankle Dress with pretty floral print
The pretty cotton Myrine Beth Dress with its crossover straps on the back available at Colmers Hill Fashion
The pretty cotton Myrine Beth Dress with its crossover straps on the back

Fortissimo belissimo: look gorgeous at Glyndebourne

If you’re going to the festival at Glyndebourne, full evening dress is The Thing. Enter stage right Out of Xile. Their lovely dress and coat combinations will really make you look and feel the part.

Out of Xile Reversible Dress in Marine Blue from Colmers Hill Fashion
This is a clever reversible Out of Xile dress so you can have a totally different look for two different occasions.

Out of Xile’s outfits are superbly cut and the fabrics have a beautiful evening-y subtle sheen. A dress and coat in their uniquely dyed fabrics are the most versatile combination and will keep you warm. There’s no need to spoil the whole effect with a massive puffa – take a Luella cashmere wrap/poncho instead. Great jewellery and an Owen Barry metallic clutch will finish off the outfit perfectly.

Va va voom: glorious Goodwood style

Go faster with our range of retro dresses which are perfect for Goodwood. Polka dots, florals, geometric designs: take your pick. Our new Collectif dresses in black or red spot or red cherries are real show-stoppers. The Eucalyptus Gillian dress is a beautiful modern vintage design in a subtle shade of blue or make a statement with the stunning Lily May dress in red and white floral. Alternatively, if you want to channel your inner Avenger, Desigual’s Hello dress is the bomb.

The retro style Eucalyptus Lily May Winter Rose Dress available at Colmers Hill Fashion
The retro styled Eucalyptus Lily May Winter Rose Dress

 

To keep your look authentic, make sure to choose retro style accessories such as a pretty Josephine hat in natural and blue linen with silk roses.

If you are going to any society events, we hope you have a great time. If we can be of any more help do email usfind us on Facebook or call 01308 426517.

One to one service and styling advice come as standard, for all our customers at Colmers Hill 🙂

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