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White shirt Wednesday: Hot child in the city

pastel color blocking with silk separates

When it's hotter than the gates of hell, staying cool in the city is an act of mastery that leaves most of us looking like we're heading to the beach. But, whilst the rest of the fashion pack are popping up parasols in pan-global destinations across the globe, the rest of us work warriors are battling out tropical temperatures in serious style.

Cue, colour blocking 2.0.

A fail-safe fashion coup that looks oh-so-fierce. This perfect pastel master class is ideally suited to power dressing darlings who have learnt the art of keeping whites – white.

Undeniably sophisticated and runway ready, clean lines, soft silks and crisp cotton numbers exude a high-luxe allure that any post-30-dresser can pull off.

Uplifting the boredom of the boardroom for those of you yet to jet-set this summer, a sharply-tailored yet floaty free ensemble can leave you feeling shoreline cool without ever leaving the hustle and bustle of city living.

Using an off-white blend of high-summer pastels and perennial silhouettes, this stunning urban ensemble is a creative blend of forgiving fabrics and bold colour combinations that softly whisper candy-floss cool.

This smart-casual VAUGHAN Bettie shirt from our core silk shirt collection is a seasonal design that oozes with workweek chic. Created with short rolled sleeves and a refined hidden front button placket, this clean white offering is the perfect candidate for uptown slick shapes and high-design concepts.

Worn with these sweetie-shop pleated culottes, these panelled wide-leg trousers are a detailed, contoured design that hugs you in all the right places. Creating a gentle shade confusion between blushes and stark 'blanche' hues, this unassuming pairing of light tonal colours effortlessly enhances any heated commuter style rotation. Created in a light crêpe fabric, these A-line trousers team elegantly with the breathable qualities of our VAUGHAN short sleeve shirt.

Accessorised with simple designs that blend both fashion and function, these Fendi patchwork leather sandals with detail black lace front are a simple yet style-savvy footwear option for those too hot to handle summer days when only open-toe will do. Adding a secondary bold black theme to our colour-blocking ensemble, contemporary accessories like these statement hexagonal sunglasses and a structured tote add a vintage ladylike refinement to this modern outfit. Cinching the waist with a glint of high shine, this simple bronzed leather belt is the finishing touch that reaffirms a high-luxe aesthetic.

When the summer weather starts to soar, take the time to diversify your everyday wardrobe with sartorially savvy little tweaks that leave you feeling fresh and fabulous – whatever the occasion.

Pictured: VAUGHAN Bettie shirt in Stark Naked White, Madiyah Al Sharqui color block trousers, Fendi patchwork leather sandals, Karen Walker sunglasses, Halston Heritage plaque belt, Desa 1972 crossbody bag

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