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Your 2013 Summer Must-Haves

By Humaira Ashraf — April 29, 2013

With the radiant sun just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to stock up on those important summer time must-haves. As some of you may have read in one of my previous articles, there is no reason why modest women cannot embrace that great summer feeling. So I’ve collected this year’s essentials all in one neat little bundle, all recommended by the top fashion designers and make up artists…

No. 1 – Aztec Print

Whether it be a bag, a skirt or a headscarf – one item of bold aztec print will lift you out of the crowd. Too much Aztec print can have you looking a bit hippie, but one item paired with plain colours gets the balance looking just right.  Here are some ideas:

Canvas clutch purse in Aztec Print by dailylook.com

Canvas clutch purse in Aztec Print by dailylook.com



Aztec Print cotton blouse by Marks & Spencer


Aztec Print Maxi Dress by Topshop


Aztec Print Scarf by blanco.com

No.2 – Sunglasses

The top styles for this year are: clubmasters, bugs and printed cat eye. It is always essential to have a snazzy pair of shades always available in your handbag, you’ll never know when you will need them.

aj morgan bugs

AJ Morgan Oversized Glasses

aj morgan delicate floral

AJ Morgan Delicate Floral

rayban clubmaster

RayBan Clubmasters in Tortoise

No 3 – A Shimmery Glow

Whether or not the sun decides to grace itself,  creating a shimmery glow will make you look oh-so-sun-kissed and beautiful every day. I recommend the new bronzer by Lancome that has a fantastic tone and good reviews. The easy appliance stick is small enough to fit into your purse and thus very handy:

Lancome Star Bronzer Aqua Stick

Lancome Star Bronzer Aqua Stick

No 4 – Bright Lippy

Especially if you opt for wearing white in the summer heat, or you enjoy lounging around at cool cafes, a bright splash of colour to your lips can make your face appear brighter and happier. Simple, yet effective if you don’t want to wear any other make up at all! This new L’Oreal Paris collection is great for achieving this exact look…

L'oreal Paris Riche Luminous Lip Colour

L’oreal Paris Riche Luminous Lip Colour

No 5 – The Right Shoes

There were two types of shoes hot on the catwalk this year – one was a feminine chic look and the other a more relaxed and chilled out look. Boat shoes are cute and perfect for lounging around on the weekend, whilst gladiator sandals (heel or flat) are great for evenings out.

Navy Boat Shoes by Laura Ashley

Navy Boat Shoes by Laura Ashley

Prada Gladiator Sandals in Taupe

Prada Gladiator Sandals in Taupe

No. 6 – Gadgets

Whether your a tech-geek, a working woman or a sophisticated student, gadgets with a pastel colour theme are so in this season! Here are my favourites:

Baby Blue Urbanears

Baby Blue Urbanears

Dolce & Gabbanna Cell Phone Case in baby pink

Dolce & Gabbanna Cell Phone Case in baby pink

Emilio Pucci USB

Emilio Pucci USB

Folio iPad/tablet cover in baby blue

Folio iPad/tablet cover in baby blue

Sorry to end on a random number, but you get the gist. Make this summer the best yet by being confident, daring and bright.

Bring out your inner colours and try new things – you never know what you might fall in love with or what might suit you!

I sure hope you enjoyed this feature as much as I did! And until next time, let me know what you think!


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About Author

Humaira is a full-time student, part-time photographer, regular writer and all round happy soul. She likes to live life to the full and works on various other projects including running her own blog and contributing to other publications. She will be bringing us the latest from the world of fashion and style, particularly under the new revolution of Islamic influence on 21st century vogue. Stay tuned to read all her articles!

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