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The Fashion Memo

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A curated round-up of the best new fashion arrivals, hand-picked by our editors


As lockdown measures in some parts of the world begin to ease, the PORTER fashion team is turning its attention to summer dressing. With picnics and garden parties back on the agenda, not to mention some bars and restaurants tentatively opening their doors, there’s an added incentive to put our off-duty outfits aside and embrace the SS20 collections’ most joyful pieces. In light of the fact that we’re already a good way into the season, the team is shopping smart and opting for pieces that, with a few simple styling twists, boast year-round appeal and work for many occasions. Which is exactly why Valentino’s luxe shirt dress has caught shopping editor Sophie Hardcastle’s eye.

“A crisp white dress will always be my go-to when it comes to summer dressing, and Valentino’s elevated version ticks every box. The house dedicated the opening section of its SS20 show to pristine white looks that played on shape and volume. The decidedly feminine silhouette of this dress takes the humble shirt and imbues it with a couture-like sensibility – incorporating both a flattering wrap front and sharp pleated skirt. As ever, versatility is key, and whether pared down with leather sandals and a basket bag for daytime adventures or teamed with heels and statement gold earrings, this dream dress has you covered.”

Leather shorts – one of this season’s must-have pieces – are a perfect trans-seasonal piece, too. Getting the look right is all about finding the perfect fit. Enter Tibi’s vegan, wide-leg style, which gently cinch the waist and stop just below the knee, creating an ultra-flattering silhouette. Finish with a plain white tee and elevate the look with laced sandals and molten-gold jewelry by cult brand Alighieri. Come fall, pair them with a fitted ribbed knit and over-the-knee boots for a suitably autumnal ensemble. Let the occasion dictate which bag you use to finish the outfit – The Row’s timeless top-handle style lends a ladylike finish, while Bottega Veneta’s bright red bijou pouch will add a pop of color to this muted combination.

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