SoCal Fashion Column: A sophisticated summer

MK fashionista SoCal Val talks about her dislike for too much casual clothing in the summer months, and how she wants sophisticated dressing to return…

This may sound strange coming from someone who’s from sunny California… but can I tell you a secret?

I really detest warmer months. But hear me out! O

ne of the main reasons I don’t look forward to spring/ summer fashion is because unfortunately, most people tend to use these seasons as a free pass to dress as casually as possible.

I have an abhorrence to sloppy, lazy dressing. When the new season’s clothes start trickling into stores I usually sigh in disappointment. What’s with all the drab denim and lacklustre tees?

Quite depressing. It’s like they’re deliberately trying to suppress glamour!

In my opinion, shorts and sandals should be reserved for the beach only. So now that the sunshine is starting to return, can we make a pact to bring back sophisticated dressing?

In today’s look, I’m making the case for getting “dressed up” in an outfit that commands attention. It’s a well thought out look that took time and effort.

It’s important and so enjoyable for me to create looks for you here that stand out in a crowd.

Now don’t get me wrong, floaty maxi dresses and lighter looks are easy and fun too… but I certainly feel a lot more confident in an elegant ensemble like this one.

Plus! I take accessories very seriously. They say a lot about you!

In designers’ collections this season we’re seeing touches of baroque, Victorian and even rock and roll when it comes to shoes, bags and jewellery.

I chose to feature leather and studs here to toughen up this feminine, vintage silk blouse. I love that it has a sort of 80s “Working Girl” vibe – also a very popular trend!

In my blog I always stress the importance of never apologising for wanting to look your best. But what’s most important is that you do it for YOU and no-one else.

I’m a firm believer in the idea that one can never be “overdressed”.

So instead of blending in with the crowd in simple tops and jeans, why not break the mould and unleash your inner bombshell?

Try it once, just for fun, and see how it makes you feel.

Fashionably yours, SoCal Val.

Follow SoCal Val’s blog at or on social media at @SoCalValerie

This feature was published in the May 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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