Award-winning fashion designer Tina Malhamé shares her expert advice on how to get your wardrobe ready for spring/summer for women of all ages who want to be glamorous and comfortable this season.
The warmer weather heralds the start of a new season of dressing, at last it’s time for floaty fabrics and to feel the warmth of the sun on our faces. The lighter evenings firmly fix in our minds that it’s time to banish coats, tights and boots for another six months at least. As we rush towards Easter it’s time to think about lighter clothing, holidays perhaps, outdoor entertaining, trips to town for an al fresco lunch and an iced tea.
Dress Smart & Simple
The foundation of any new wardrobe is a good dress, simply cut in a reliable jersey with its soft and gentle character or a semi fitted shift dress in cotton or linen that will glide over the body rather than hug. A dress that effortlessly segues from the office to an evening out, zhoozhed up with some simple jewellery and a glam pair of heels. Look for a smart plain shade with a little clever pleat and an extra inch or two of fabric to skim the bust, hips and thighs, or choose the same simple dress in a ditsy floral or polkadots to give an extra dash of flair. This staple garment will be equally as useful in a formal meeting or thrown into a suitcase to take on holiday, to wash and wear if needs be.
The Tunic Trend
Another early summer classic is a tunic dress. Wear with jeans on cooler spring days, and then bring out the bare legs and sandals throughout the season. Choose one with a modest V at the neckline to lengthen the neck and why not go for a soft print to distract the eye away from any problem areas. The tunic is a strong trend this season and it comes in a huge variety of colours and styles but make sure you can try on a few to find the right shape for you. Whilst you want one which flows over the body rather than fits snugly, don’t wear one too loose or you will feel like you are floating in a tent. Look for a slim full-length sleeve, which can be prettily rolled up to show off your bangles, or worn rolled down to keep a strong sun at bay.
Holiday Tunics & Kaftans
Tunic dresses and kaftans are also super to pop in the holiday suitcase. In fact, pack a couple. They are a godsend for wearing on all sorts of occasions. I absolutely love wearing a linen tunic and straw hat to have a good rummage through markets, stopping for a quick bite and then perhaps taking a little tour to visit ruins. Tunics are also perfect beach cover-ups. Cool and comfortable and eternally feminine, there’s a reason why so many countries all over the world have their own version of these simply shaped garments.
There are a lot of stripes around this season. Most women look best in a simple, narrow two colour stripe. Blue and white, pink and white, lemon and white are the best. Make sure the ones you wear are woven and vertical. Leave horizontal stripes in any garment to someone else!
Buy something new in white. There are days in the summer when it is simply the most fabulous colour to wear. Be it a cotton blouse or simply cut T-shirt (try on as many as possible to find a make perfect for you). I would suggest the jersey should be smooth, not ribbed. The neat round neckline should be either finished with binding or with a tiny 1 centimetre rib. Match your perfect T-shirt with your favourite trouser or some flattering Capri pants. Why not try a white skirt, maybe one that finishes just below the knee at the slimmest part of the leg, or perhaps with a longer and gently flaring cut for those balmy evenings at Glyndebourne.
About Tina Malhamé
Multi-award winning designer is no stranger to success. Branded ‘The High Street Guru’ by the fashion king George Davis, she has been the go to designer for favourite brands including Per Una, Monsoon, Next and Laura Ashley. For years, Tina’s accessible style has graced the wardrobes of women of all ages, with her subtle blend of classic meets comfortable at affordable price points.
Building on her solid credentials as an established talent, Tina has launched her own label NoLogo Chic, an online store offering luxury clothing for women in carefully sourced natural fabrics. Tina travels to India and the Far East to design alongside local craftspeople who specialise in traditional techniques such as block printing, hand embroidery, batik and dip dye, as well as expert weavers who bring her designs and colours to life.
Tina believes that women of all ages can still be glamorous and comfortable and has developed a collection which is functional, flexible and flattering. Alongside NoLogo’s best-selling Easy Jersey dress, Tina is continuously developing her collection and has even collaborated with James Cadbury of the Bournville empire to create a nightwear collection teamed with his fabulous Love Cocoa chocolate while NoLoGo’s first ever Chic Shift Dress has been a phenomenal success. Like all purchases from NoLoGo, it arrives in its own embroidered cloth bag. This combination of luxury, affordability and practicality is what only Tina can bring to the mix.
To browse the NoLoGo collection, please visit nologo-chic.co.uk