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13 ways to style beige for summer, without it being boring

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Alexa Chung wearing beige suit london fashion week

From cream to caramel, oatmeal to rust, beige is the colour palette of the summer and it’s going nowhere for autumn.

Fashion month saw an unlikely explosion of beige on the catwalks: subtle stone tailoring with lightweight cream outerwear at Hermes, sand-toned trenches with matching dresses (and bags and shoes) at Burberry and caramel leather coats at Altuzarra. The standout colour of the summer is without a doubt beige, and head-to-toe tonal dressing in the shade of the moment is the epitome of chic

While the weather is good, opt for ivory and oatmeal mixed with warm and rich tones of russet and camel, or style neutrals with pops of colour as seen at Rejina Pyo and Sies Marjan for added interest. As cooler weather approaches, add some tan leather or suede pieces; a bold, structured midi skirt or butter soft trench will both work well as will some more practical black leather accessories. 

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Whatever the season, this trend is super versatile, and there are two distinct styling camps that fashion insiders have adopted to help you wear head-to-toe beige. 

The first is elegant, feminine, Burberry-inspired looks. Think tailoring, pleated skirts, trenches and structured, ladylike tote bags and heels, and softer beige tones mixed with flashes of white and it-accessories. 

Alternatively, wear the trend with a utility-edge: loose silhouettes, shirts worn as jackets, boxy multi-pocket jackets, wide leg trousers and cotton T-shirts or vests. Accessorise with a leather belt bag or an oversized canvas tote and chunky flats.

Shop our edit of 13 of the best beige pieces to add to your wardrobe.

  • Frankie Shop Julie double-breasted gabardine blazer

    Beige double breasted longline blazer from Frankie Shop at net-a-porter luxury designer investment classic new york

    Beige tailoring is on-trend power dressing at its finest. Wear this blazer with a pleated midi skirt for the office and with a T-shirt and high-waisted vintage wash jeans for the weekend.

    Double breasted longline blazer, £250, Frankie Shop

  • Nanushka Mog knitted hoody

    Nanushka beige knit hoodie designer contemporary investment classic hooded jumper

    Wear this hooded knit with a utility jacket and trainers for an easy off-duty look.

    Beige knitted hoodie, £265, Nanushka

  • Dune Loupe smart slider andal

    Dune loupe tan leather flat sandal slider

    These sandals strike the perfect balance between chunky and elegant; their versatility makes them the perfect partner for all of your summer looks.

    Tan leather sliders, £85, Dune

  • Frankie Shop Yoyo asymmetric pleated wrap skirt

    Frankie shop beige pleated skirt designer luxury investment trends autumn

    If you buy one beige piece make it a beige midi skirt, preferably a pleated one. Wear it with everything from tennis-style sneakers and a white cotton T-shirt to a crew-neck knit and heeled sandals.

    Beige pleated midi skirt, £205, Frankie Shop

  • Burberry Icon Stripe merino-wool cardigan

    Burberry beige longline check print cardigan luxury designer fashion style investment classic

    Wear a longline cardigan with a structured midi skirt and knee-high boots for rainier days.

    Stripe longline cardigan, £450, Burberry

  • Warehouse square neck midi prairie dress

    warehouse cream beige linen mix square neck midi dress high street fashion style summer

    A linen dress is a summer must and this square-neck, puff-sleeve style from Warehouse is definitely worth investing in.

    Linen mix square neck dress, £42, Warehouse

  • Dear Frances wrap sandal in pecan

    Dear frances tan leather flip flop sandals designer luxury investment footwear accessories summer style

    Chunky leather sandals, like this beautiful chestnut leather style, will toughen up loose summer silhouettes.

    Tan leather sandals, £260, Dear Frances

  • ATM wide-rib tank top

    ATM cream beige ribbed tank top vest designer investment classic luxury

    A ribbed vest will work well with everything from suit trousers to wrap skirts and even jeans.

    Light beige ribbed tank top, £125, ATM

  • Russell & Bromley Rowan cross-body camera bag

    Russell Bromley camera bag tan woven leather designer luxury investment contemporary accessories handbags

    Accessorise beige tones with woven and raffia accessories; the texture adds interest and works well. Woven leather will last well beyond summer too.

    Tan cross-body handbag, £195, Russell & Bromley

  • Arket drawstring trousers

    Arket’s loose fitting separates are the ultimate in effortless summer chic.

    Beige high-waist drawstring trousers, £45, Arket

  • James Perse V-neck loose-fit cotton-jersey T-shirt

    James Perse beige cotton t-shirt selfridges investment designer casualwear basics top

    The Stylist fashion desk are big fans of investing in quality basics; James Perse T-shirts are smart enough to wear for work and will last for years.

    Beige v-neck cotton T-shirt, £95, James Perse

  • Tu Premium stone belted linen shirt dress

    Tu Premium Stone Belted Linen Shirt Dress beige natural fabrics high street

    Everything you want from a summer dress for everyday: roomy, airy, flattering and versatile. Toughen it up with retro opticals and dad sandals.

    Belted beige button-down midi dress, £35, Tu

  • Whistles rib knitted vest

    This soft ribbed knit vest looks great with high-waisted trousers or jeans and mules. You can also wear it into autumn with a longline cardigan or chunky knit.

    Ribbed knitted vest top, £65, Whistles

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