How to Be Prepared for the British Summer

We are all so busy these days. Working, socialising, spending time with the family. The constant flow of emails, text messages and Facebook updates means that our worlds are changing and evolving at a rapid speed. It can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. Usually, choosing clothes and footwear is something we do in a hurry, either during our lunch breaks, on the Internet on the way home, or in a rush with the kids on a Saturday morning.

Coats are one of those things that you feel you should spend a decent amount of time looking into, but which more often than not you leave purchasing to the last minute. I imagine that right now you have a heavy winter coat hanging up in the back of your wardrobe, a thin and lightweight summer jacket and probably nothing suitable for the weather we have at the moment.

Whilst summer jackets look great when teamed with skinny jeans on your way out for the night, or on very warm evenings whilst having dinner with your friends, they don’t really offer enough protection when the weather turns bad. And let’s face it, in this country that could happen at any time. Don’t you feel it when you head to work in the morning, turning your face to the sky and think ‘Maybe today will be different’? Doesn’t the thought cross your mind when you pack that picnic bag for the beach that the sky, so brilliantly blue and wonderful at the moment, could at any time change to a thunderous gathering of grey and black clouds? We are never really sure what the weather is going to do next. We British like to live on the edge.

As such, it is worth saying ‘Pause!’ to all those things you have going on in your life at the moment and reconsidering your outer wear choices for the summer. Put down the phone, log out of your emails and just have a little think. Are you really ready for summer nights out? Are you prepared for inclement weather when walking the dog in the early morning light? Will you keep dry when heading to that festival with your friends? Isn’t there just maybe something missing? Something which will bridge the gap between icy cold winter nights and the boiling hot summer days?

A lightweight, summer fit Barbour jacket is precisely what you are missing. Whether you choose the snug Summer Liddesdale Quilted jacket in a stunning selection of colours, or you prefer a touch of the equestrian look with the Flyweight Cavalry Jacket, there is a Barbour jacket to suit any girl out there. Barbour jackets are so chic, and men look great in them too. Guys can choose from any of the classic ranges, such as the Border, a Beaufort or a Bedale, and look fantastic. The jackets come in different lengths and different cuts to suit. All are waterproof and all allow your skin to breathe, so even when the weather does improve you won’t overheat.

Having a Barbour jacket makes the difference between being cold and uncomfortable or being warm and happy. They work well with skinny jeans, leggings and even summer dresses. Wear them to work with cargo pants and espadrilles. Take them out to town in your flowery print maxi dress. There really is no place that you cannot get away with wearing such a classy and traditional style of coat.

Alexa rocks her Barbour jacket

So if you’re unsure what jacket to buy to see you through the summer in a stress-free fashion, then why not invest in a stylish, gorgeous coat from Barbour and at least have one less thing to worry about?


 David writes about the changing world of how classic brands continue to offer the same range of successful products decade after decade and survive the ever changing storm in one of the world’s most competitive and fad-focussed consumer markets.

Linea – Two New Season Looks

Linea is one of House of Fraser’s most successful lines. Full of classic pieces that successfully fuse fashion and elegance, the collection is one which adds gravitas to your wardrobe, these are pieces that you can wear forever. Neat shifts, tailored jackets and beautifully bright silk shirts and blouses are the order of the day – think the elegance of Kate Middleton, Helen Mirren and Kristen Scott Thomas, rather than the rock n roll edge of Kate Moss.

I have been challenged to put together an outfit for Linea, but have decided to show you two looks, one for the workplace and one for a night out. This was difficult to do as I loved so many items, but here are my key picks from this collection.

Daytime Bright

I would make this gorgeous bright silk shirt the basis of my collection. The colour is so lovely – a really colour pop that will lift any outfit, and would actually look great with skinny jeans. But for this look I am going to team it with a black skirt for a smart daytime look. This pleated one is still a huge fashion story – pleats seem to have become a wardrobe mainstay, and I like the knee length. To complete the look, I would add a colour clash cardigan to ward out the autumn chill. I’ve opted for this jewel emerald shade, but royal blue would look equally stylish. And to finish the look, I love Bertie’s ankle strapped Albion shoe, for a touch of 40s glamour. This would make a really gorgeous daytime look for perfect for the Office.

Linea Coloured Shirt Now £ 45.50 click to visit House of Fraser

Linea Pleated skirt Now £ 49.00 click to visit House of Fraser

Linea 3/4 sleeve cardigan Now £ 40.00 click to visit House of Fraser

Bertie Albion Ankle Strap Louis Heel Shoes £ 80.00 click to visit House of Fraser

And for evening

You can again use that amazing yellow shirt, it is just so glamorous it could easily make the transition from smart daywear to hot evening look. Add a gorgeous pair of cigarette pants in electric blue, and finish the luck with an amazing pair of leopard print mega heels from Steve Maddon.This is a look that is perfect for a night out with friends in a hot new bar, just added a studded clutch and lipstick and you are ready to go.

Linea Cigarette pant Now £ 49.00 click to visit House of Fraser

Steve Madden Boldd Sm Studded Platform Court £90 click to visit House of Fraser

To view all the Linea collection, click here.

Get the Victoria Beckham look at Selfridges

Victoria Beckham is super stylish, but her look is one that is seriously expensive, requiring a king’s ransom to emulate. But this payday weekend Selfridges have got some key items that could’ve come directly from Stylish Spice’s wardrobe, and the best news is that they are all currently in the sale. So, if this is your payday weekend and you feel like treating yourself, feast your eyes on these stylish classics that will add chic lustre to your capsule collection.

FARHI BY NICOLE FARHI Draped blouse £39 

NICOLE FARHI Turtleneck top £95 

NICOLE FARHI Tapered trousers £119 

CARVELA Goldie platform courts black £59 

FRENCH CONNECTION Independent suede top 

JAEGER The Warwick coat camel £380