Life and Style Braided updo

Forget windswept hair – here is our guide to the best styles for the seaside with a little help from the experts

Match point: Jil Sander spring/summer 2014

Style file: A fashionable set of separates

Summer’s flurry of formal events can mean a dented bank balance, but mixing and matching printed separates is the smart way to get more mileage out of outfits, says Holly Swayne

Estée Lauder

Style file: Pack in the essentials

Don’t get caught out by baggage restrictions  this summer. Streamline your beauty bag with  a few holiday essentials, says Emma Akbareian

Style file: Pearls of wisdom

The gemstones have been liberated from twinsets as a host of designers put a punkish, youthful twist on the Home Counties classic, says Stephanie Hirschmiller

Fashion gets festive: S/S14 looks by Jonathan Saunders

Style file: In the mood for festival flavours

Glastonbury chic isn’t as naff as you’d think – and certainly doesn’t mean knackered denim, flip-flops, or going to a concert. You can enjoy it without a smudge of mud

A$AP Ferg wears T-shirt £50, shorts £60; both Astrid Andersen for Topman, topman.com

Style file: Danish designs giving Topman a sporting chance

Topman has newfound designs on your fit kit, writes Lee Holmes

Slick look: model wears Tommy Hilfiger spring/summer14

Style file: Make a bigger splash in Neoprene

Neoprene isn’t just for wetsuit-sporting beach bums and boogie boarders: the techy swimwear staple has made the  leap to futurist fashion favourite and  the spring catwalks are awash with it, writes Holly Swayne

Pierre Niney in ‘Yves Saint Laurent’

Style file: All about Yves Saint Laurent

The label Saint Laurent is back in fashion with two films out this year highlighting their founder’s personal style and his enduring impact on the modern man’s wardrobe, says Alexander Fury

Onesies to watch: model wears Lanvin Spring/Summer 2014

Style file: Stay in Overall control in dungarees and jumpsuits

Forget their naff reputation, this season dungarees and  jumpsuits are a one-stop way to look stylish, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Junya Watanbe Spring/Summer 14

Style file: Let denim rip

The only way to wear your denim this spring is shredded, spliced and love-worn, writes Natalie Rigg

The pop-up boutique at Bicester Village

Style file: (Bicester) Village People

Starting as a one-off experiment, the British Designers Collective boutique at Bicester Village has charted the rise of London’s young breed of fashion brands.  This year it celebrates  its fifth instalment with  new designers and an art tie-in, writes Alexander Fury

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

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