Darren Kennedy: How to look good wearing linen
From culottes and co-ords to duster coats, there's definitely an abundance of linen available on the high street at the moment.
Granted, linen is one warm weather staple that never seems to go out of fashion - and that's mainly because it's scientifically proven to be the coolest fabric (unlike silk or cotton which retain body heat). So, while designers were having a love affair with khaki and canvas boiler suits, cargo pants, silky slip dresses, crochet and feathers for spring summer, linen managed to make itself the dominant, wearable trend thanks to its practicality. For a welcome update, look for pieces in on-trend hues like pistachio and lilac.
One for the boys
Hello, April! To state the obvious: this year is flying in, to the extent that sunny summer days are almost upon us. While sunscreen should be a part of your year round routine, Irish people tend to neglect it until the mercury rises and it's officially 'no jacket weather'. Stock up now on an effective facial SPF to keep your skin in top condition and ensure that, come summer time, it's already a non-negotiable in your regime. Look for one that has a matte finish like this offering from Clarins, which is also oil-free and anti-shine. Multi-Protection SPF 50, €47, Clarins, from department stores nationwide.
Swimsuit model Izabel Goulart proves a demure look can still be sexy. For the opening of the National Museum of Qatar, she opted for a mid-length Valentino sequin dress with long sleeves and high neckline. The addition of minimalist sandals and slicked-back hair allowed the sparkly number take centre stage.
Looking for a fail-safe spring summer outfit? Look no further than the linen jumpsuit - a hero piece which can be made appropriate for a multitude of occasions. Jazz it up with an interesting belt, wooden bangles and embroidered mules, or simply add a white cotton blouse and a basket bag for a more relaxed vibe.
Men's leather holdall, €795, Polo Ralph Lauren, mrporter.com