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RETURN TO REALITY

Following a period of extended hibernation, our social lives tentatively make a return — but what to wear?
Chloe Street shares her sartorial starter guide to our new freedoms, en terrasse

Knotty but nice

When it comes to quick-fix styling hacks, the silk scarf is this summer’s most versatile accessory. Tie it boy scout-style round your shoulders, flowing around a ponytail or — for those feeling bold — bandana-style à la Gigi and Bella Hadid in Versace’s latest runway show.

Emilio Pucci Conchiglie Print silk scarf, £230

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Burberry Marine Sketch silk scarf, £310

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Tickled pink

After a year of two-dimensional Zoom dressing when only our front halves counted, designers have embraced spine-showing ensembles that require IRL dance floor appreciation for spring 2021. From bum-skimming, scoop-back stretch jersey at Givenchy to shell-encrusted gowns at Gabriela Hearst and Victoria Beckham’s wafting silk beach dresses, the back is officially back. How low will you go?

Lanvin sunglasses, £305

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Taylor Morris sunglasses, £180

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Dior sunglasses, £305

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Bags of tricks


Gone are the lockdown days of leaving the house with just keys and a card. Our new al fresco lunch-to-sundowners life requires a roomy tote with space for a make-up bag, a jumper… and a bottle of vino for the picnic, natch.

Chloé Woody tote, £650

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Lolas bag tote, £72

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In living colour

Looking to inject frisson into last year’s almost-unworn wardrobe? Splice flashes of neon into your neutrals for a look that radiates chic-but-freak summer 2021 energy.

Blazer trail

There’s nothing like a neon yellow stiletto or an electric blue suit to lift the mood and, after the year we’ve all had, it’s time we re-energised with Stabilo highlighter hues. An oversized hot pink shirt stole the show at Valentino, while Molly Goddard paired apple green dresses with bubblegum pink stockings. There’s a time and a place for an LBD, and your post-pandemic party ain’t it.

(Ripped) jeans and a nice top

When dressing for chilly spring walks that turn into outdoor lunches and extended pub garden marathons, there can be few better bases than a pair of jeans and a nice top. For 2021 it’s all about easy, breezy fabrics, asymmetric necklines and popping colours… the only thing that should be distressed is your denim.

Shrimps Blouse, £295

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Agolde Jeans, £260

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Chic eats

As restaurants with outdoor seating become gold dust, fashion girls in the know are set to flock to Browns Fashion’s beautiful new Brook Street store, which alongside four storeys of ultra cool men’s and womenswear is home to the London outpost of zero-waste restaurant Native. Book a table under the blossom trees in the glamorous 40-seater Courtyard restaurant and dine on oysters, Fillet O’ Fish and foraged herbs among the best-dressed in town.

Hot second

We lost a year, sure, but with diaries filling up, good timekeeping is a necessity for spring. And genderless watches are oh, so of-the-minute, with searches for ‘unisex’ styles spiking 45 per cent in the past three months according to shopping platform Lyst. Whether Rolex’s classic Datejust or a Tissot T-Classic, size doesn’t matter... so long as it’s more than 40mm across.

Hugo Boss Champion watch, £379

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Strap in

Spanish influencer Gala González’s label Amlul has joined forces with luxury shoemaker Pedro García to release a collection of square-toed strappy sandals made from upcycled leather. Didn’t think you needed a pair of shimmering fuchsia wedges? Think again.

Pedro García X Amlul sandals, from £233, exclusively at Harrods