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To bare, or not to bare, when it comes to men’s feet? Charlie Porter and Alexander Fury go toe-to-toe on the ‘mandals’ debate

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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

Model wears tank £65, polo £65; Lyle & Scott 140 and The 1960 Collection, available from Lyle & Scott 1-2 Carnaby Street, London W1, 0844 244 7000; lyleandscott.com

Style file: Great (Lyle &) Scott!

Golfing brand Lyle & Scott is celebrating its 140th anniversary with the launch of two new collections inspired by the archives, writes Lee Holmes

T-shirt, £90, houseofholland.co.uk

Style file: Word on the street

Whatever the message, say it loud and proud with slogans this season, says Naomi Attwood

Bombs away: Jonathan Saunders Spring/Summer 14

Style file: Take flight in a bomber jacket

The sun may be out, but there’s still a nip in the air. A bomber jacket is the perfect piece to see you through to summer, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Jumper £50, shorts £32; Adidas Originals for Topshop in stores today, topshop.com

Adidas for Topshop collection: Ready, Set, Go! The Sportswear Revolution

Forget your gym kit – sportswear has never looked so stylish, thanks to a new high street collaboration, says Emma Akbareian

Clutch bag £35, asos.com

Spring fashion 2014: How the catwalk caught the gardening bug

This season horticulture is hot, with reimagined florals in full bloom, says  Stephanie Hirschmiller

Dolce EDP £62 for 50ml, Dolce & Gabbana, harrods.com

Style file: Scent from the heavens

The new season is just the time to change to a lighter, brighter fragrance, says Kate Rose Morris

Bah, humbug!: Model wears dress £65; frenchconnection.com

Style file: Black and white and cool all over

In the mood for monochrome? French Connection has it covered,  with a capsule collection of on-trend pieces, writes Rebecca Gonsalves

Grey skirt £59.99; Top £24.99; Shoes £79.99; all by Mango, mango.com

Style file: Pleats please

Get into the fold and sport a gathered skirt for spring, says Emma Akbareian

Style file: Valentine's lingerie

Avoid the bigger brands and high street chains when you go underwear shopping. Instead, seek out under-the-radar lingerie labels, says Emma Akbareian

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