Rebecca Gonsalves

Rebecca Gonsalves works on The Independent's Fashion Desk.

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Costa Azzurra EDP 50ml, £142, Tom Ford

The best summer perfumes: Freshen up with the clean, bright scent of white flowers

The heat of summer seems to send everyday smells into overdrive – be they good or bad. It's this same heightened sense that makes hearty, warming winter fragrances suddenly feel all wrong.

Model wears See by Chloé, chloe.com

Style file: Print and patterns clash is in fashion

Indulge in this summer’s trend for bright and brash motifs and allow clashing patterns to run riot. Wearing top-to-toe prints is no longer a fashion faux pas

The best exfoliators: Slough away dead skin cells with these super scrubs

Out of sight, out of mind is my go-to strategy for most matters, including my skin. So when I need to emerge from my cocoon of layers in the summer, I tend to feel more like a dowdy moth than a bright and beautiful butterfly.

Model wears: necklace £14.99, newlook.com

Style file: Cocktail hour costume jewellery

Say it loud and proud with colourful costume jewellery – the perfect final flourish for formal occasions

Frames of mind: Ray-Ban adds new twist to classic sunglasses

The iconic eyewear firm’s new collection puts experimental materials in the frame

Sometimes I think, 'My God, you can't wear a mini at your age', but then I like to wear a mini and my legs are OK. If you don't look good in it – don’t wear it.'

Debbie Harry's life in style: The Blondie singer reveals her finest fashion moments

Harry's sense of style and eagerness to experiment and play dress-up make her a perennial source of inspiration to those in the fashion world

Model wears shorts £140, Jack Spade, 83 Brewer Street, London W1, 0207 734 4768

Style file: How to wear shorts to the office

There’s no need to be afraid of wearing shorts to the office - simply follow a few easy rules to ensure you don’t look like  Just William, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Best make-up for oil and shine-free skin: These clever products won't strip-mine your skin

The height of summer can be a sticky, icky affair, not least because of skin's tendency to suddenly go into oil-producing overdrive. This in turn can lead to clogged pores, spots and blemishes, and it feels like the grit and grime of the day clings to greasy skin.

In at the deep end: Model wears suit £137

Style file: Make a splash in Wildfox swimwear

Itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny swimwear from Wildfox is perfect for getting in the party mood this summer,  says Rebecca Gonsalves

Summer holiday style clinic: Sartorial prescriptions for the man about the beach

Three intrepid Independent writers in their thirties, forties, and fifties are given an updated summer look by our fashion team

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