Simple tips for a stylish summer


A British summer, with all its showery lows and glorious highs, can be challenging when deciding what to wear. From festivals to weddings, picking the right outfit for an event can be tricky; trying to look glamorous in a sun dress whilst sheltering from the rain is a common sight during the British summertime.

The key to creating a summer capsule wardrobe is getting the right balance of seasonal trends and practicality. Victoria Hawley, Manager of Doyles clothing boutique in Market Harborough explains how to create the perfect wardrobe for this summer. All you need are a few key items…and a sturdy umbrella!

A classic white shirtA classic white shirt

A classic white shirt or tunic, worn with a pair of leggings will create an effortlessly chic shape for casual days.  Alternatively, a great, basic white t-shirt is a summer wardrobe ‘must have’ – whether it be long sleeved, short sleeved or a simple vest.  Just make sure it is a great fit. Team this with jeans or linen trousers and this simple, yet stylish look, will prove to be the perfect combination.

In our Kristensen Du Nord collection, sold exclusively in Leicestershire by Doyles, you will find many great pieces which will work perfectly to achieve this seasonal trend for luxe casuals.

 A pair of straight leg jeans

Keep it classic and you can wear these with any shoe – flats, heels, tucked into boots or roll them up and wear them cropped.  Coloured and patterned effect jeans are both still a strong high summer trend, but searching for the right pair for you can be a chore. We recommend both J Brand and Citizens of Humanity for a great fit and comfort.


A dress you feel great inA dress you feel great in

It doesn’t matter what style you prefer: a shift, tea dress or floaty number.  The key for a great high summer dress is cut and comfort. Get this right and you will look and feel fantastic.

L’Agence offer just this – with fabulous Japanese silks mixed with top quality Italian fabrics, their dresses will create a sensation at both day and evening events.


Linen trousers

Believe it or not, some days are just too hot for jeans. Go for a neutral shade and mix with any number of tops or t-shirts.  Whilst linen works beautifully for those casual days when a loose fit is just what is needed, a pair of tailored linen trousers teamed with some great heels is a perfect high summer fashion choice.


A lightweight pashmina

Dress up an outfit by wearing it over your shoulders, tie at the back to make a shrug or drape around your neck as a scarf for cooler days.  The classic pashmina will work with all of our high summer suggestions, and is often just the finishing touch that is needed for any outfit.


Use these pieces as a basis for your summer wardrobe and you’ll be prepared for whatever the British weather throws at you….just don’t forget the umbrella!


Doyles background:

Established in 1982, Doyles ( was named in the top 100 boutiques outside London by Vogue magazine and is one of the best places to shop for designer fashion outside the Capital. Doyles has a branch in Market Harborough, Leicestershire and a boutique in Woburn Sands, Buckinghamshire which has also been one of the largest independent stockists of Nicole Farhi.

The two boutiques specialise in contemporary womenswear, within a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.  New and exciting designers sit alongside classic collections. Designers regularly in stock include Missoni, Paul Smith, Isabel Marant, Moncler, Vivienne Westwood, Goat, Joseph and Nicole Farhi.

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