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If you thought the summer was all about fun in the sun, think again. Getting your SPF protection right is a serious business, says Lee Holmes

Skorting the issue: model wears Helmut Lang spring/summer 2014

The long and the skort of it

Clean lines and textured fabrics make the case for a mini-skirt,  a pair of shorts or a hybrid of  the two, says Naomi Attwood

What’s the story? Model wears dress £79, and shoes £65; all Vika Gazinskaya at & Other Stories; stories.com

Style file: Designer Vika Gazinskaya joins Russia's fashion revolution

Vika Gazinskaya is a driving force in Moscow’s style revolution. Now she is joining forces with Swedes & Other Stories, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Calvin Klein Collection

Style file: Vogue male models

We’re used to the shifting ideals of the female body shape, but now it seems the male model’s physique can be as varied as the clothes he wears. Alexander Fury looks at the changing male aesthetic

In the pink: Model wears sweater £24, skirt £20, ring £5, bracelet £10. Available today from dorothyperkins.com

Style file: La vie en rose in Dorothy Perkins

High street staple Dorothy Perkins is celebrating its centenary with a special edition collection inspired by the brand’s floral heritage, says Emma Akbareian

In the round: scenes from the Pradasphere installation on the fourth floor of Harrods, London

Style file: Brave Miu World at "Pradasphere"

Miuccia Prada’s all-encompassing fashion vision takes centre stage in a new installation at Harrods. Rebecca Gonsalves visits her stylish sphere

Footloose: Lanvin spring/summer 2014

Style file: Toeing the line in sandals

Whether or not you trust the weatherman, it’s time to choose a new pair of sandals to put a spring in your step, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Phillips Lumea Precision Plus, from £349.99

Style file: Home is where the spa is - facial toning, face cleaning and laser hair removal

The bizarre beauty devices of old have been relegated to the recycling bin. Explore the world of modern-day DIY pampering, says Emma Akbareian

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Style file: Plain sailing: Crew’s Caribbean-inspired collection

Get into the spirit of summer with Crew’s  Caribbean-inspired collection, writes Lee Holmes

Chanel spring/summer 2014

Style file: The return of the backpack

The Nineties revival may just end up on your back.  The accessory that defines the spring/summer 2014 season is the backpack, says Emma Akbareian

Prada s/s14

Style file: Season liberally

Fashion seasons and meteorological ones have never seemed more out of sync. What has caused this stylistic climate change?

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From £129, urbanoutfitters.co.uk

Style file: Pool position swimwear

Holiday packing doesn’t have to be a chore: shop off the beaten track with these up-and-coming swimwear labels, writes Emma Akbareian

£110, KG Kurt Geiger, kurtgeiger.com

Style file: Slide & Glide with these pool slides

The once-humble pool shoe is breaking out of the changing room and on to the street, courtesy of very fashionable feet, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Inès de la Fressange for Uniqlo, uniqlo.com

French dressing: Getting the Paris look

Paris has long been the undisputed capital of style. As Uniqlo launches a collection with a Gallic accent, Emma Akbareian examines the essence of the bon chic, bon genre look

Style file: Hawaiian shirts: Totally tropical taste

The loud, lairy and slightly scary Hawaiian shirt is a man’s best friend for spring/summer 2014. Best keep it cheap, and cheerful, says Alexander Fury

Style file: Bright heels for an instant lift

Give an everyday outfit an instant lift with a bright and beautiful pair of shoes. There’s a heel height to suit everyone and colour combinations aplenty, says Naomi Attwood

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