Let's not kid ourselves. Yes, it's summer, but that doesn't mean that you don't need a coat.
Investing in a summer coat can be an awkward one. The shops are full of powder-blue and baby-pink numbers. But are those really colours that you want to wear day in, day out? Doubtful. And how will they look beyond the summer months? Possibly ridiculous. Camel, as seen here on actress Aoibhinn McGinnity, is a much better option in terms of longevity. This look would work equally well in the winter. And there's nothing like a slightly mannishly cut coat to balance all of summer's frou-frou.
I've spotted two pairs of sandals on actress Sienna Miller recently that I loved. The first were a flat, studded, T-bar pair she wore in the airport on the way home form Cannes. The other she wore out and about while she was at Cannes. They had a small block heel and two rather wide straps; one strap had a buckle at the ankle. I was wondering where I could find something similar.
Both pairs of sandals you mention are by Prada; we're presuming you're looking for something less expensive. Penneys has a pair of T-bar sandals, €13, exactly the same shape as the flat pair, minus the studding. They're suede, and come in various shades, including a lovely biscuit beige that would look great with a tan. Dune has almost the exact same thing as the second pair you mention, in black, white and nude, for €72.
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We're a little over the 70s trend at this stage. There are only so many suede skirts and peasant blouses you can take, before you long for something a little less Stevie Nicks. Psychedelic 60s wouldn't be a look we'd advocate for day-to-day wear, but the snappy, colourful patterns are perfect for the beach, and a nice antidote when you're suffering from cheesecloth overload.