Summer Inspiration....Let's go!

Style Theory: It is important that you get as much wear out of your clothes as possible, I like to start thinking about my summer style early so I can buy items that I can layer up and then start to shed the layers as the summer arrives. With this in mind, here are a few images that are inspiring me this Spring and a few ideas of how to create the look and start building your summer wardrobe...

The inspiration... in the summer I love a pop of neon, a sweater is a perfect choice when buying something bright, the colour reflects on your face giving you a glow. Wear now with skinny jeans, white trainers (H&M have some great ones) and a khaki jacket thrown over the top.

In the summer wear like this...
Sincerely Jules
Buy from the high street now to recreate the look.....
Boden Cashmere Crew Neck Jumper £69.30
Zara Oversized Sweater £12.99
These bright sweaters are so useful, the cashmere sweater will keep your warm on cold summer evenings and the Zara knit is lightweight, perfect for taking on holiday.
Hush Denim Short £45
The wash of these Hush shorts is perfect, a fabulous pale, authentic colour and with a touch of distressing, they are a really good summer buy. You will be able to wear with everything with these from boho tops, to bretons to shirts, the choices are endless.
Topshop The Izzy Bag Marc B £49
A neutral bag that looks far more expensive than it's price tag. It is not leather but still looks super stylish, it will look as good with bright colours as with pastels.
Office Olivier Low Wedge Sandal £45
The gladiator is most definitely making a come back (again) due to the low straps this will be flattering on your leg. I love the tan straps with a touch of gold detail at the back.

Summer Inspiration no.2 - the logo tee with khaki shorts and aviators...a classic look..
Sincerely Jules
Here are some gorgeous items that you can buy now to layer up then recreate the whole look when it is warmer...
Mango Sequinned T-Shirt £14.99
New Look Khaki Shorts with belt £14.99
Topshop Alice Aviators £10

All classic items, all will last you for a few seasons. With the 70s having a moment aviators are back with a vengeance, so if you do not have a pair already these will tick the trend for £10.

Summer Inspiration no.3...A perfect Spring look below, for those days when there is a slight chill in the air, warm enough to bare your toes but cool enough to pull a sweater over the top...

Sincerely Jules
The key items I have found on the high street to recreate this laid back, look...
Zara Printed Sweater £35.99
Topshop Black Ripped Jamie Jeans £42
Dune Jolene Mules £49
Warehouse Leather Bag £35

How gorgeous is this bag? It is leather and for £35, love the simplicity of the design and the fringing on the zip..

Summer Inspiration no.4...the everlasting power of breton...
Sincerely Jules

This year I am after a new, red and white breton and this one looks like it will be perfect, I like a boxy breton that I can partly tuck in to my jeans.
Hobbs Haley Top £35
Levis CT @House Of Fraser £95

I have these jeans and love them, as I said in a previous post these do come up a little short so get a longer length if taller that 5ft 2. They are so flattering on your bottom, since having these I have remembered how much I used to love Levis 501s!
Palmairas Gold Leather £42

I have a pair of these sandals in neon orange. They are made from beautiful, buttery soft leather and come in fabulous colours, prints and stud details, and are unbelievable comfortable. Typically Spanish and so useful for the summer, the perfect holiday shoe.

Topshop Tapestry Poppins Tote Bag £28

A cute tapestry tote wear with your breton for a stylish twist, I love a pattern mix up and this is perfect!

Summer Inspiration no.3..the perfect white top...
Happily Grey 
I do love a touch of white in the summer and this top is so unusual, a mix of knitwear, broderie anglaise and cotton. Looks so beautiful with distressed jeans now and in the summer with denim shorts and tan sandals.
French Connection Effie Knits Dot Jumper £85

This is the top seen in the photo above.
Levis CT @House Of Fraser £95
DKNY Quilted Nappa Bag £88

I have been looking at this bag in my local House of Fraser for a while, it is a beautiful beige/cream colour and can be worn as a cross body or shorter double handled bag. Would look fabulous worn with white or with a beige trench coat in the spring.

There is my summer inspiration so far...I will most definitely be mixing these looks with boho vibes inspired by Chloe's SS15 range but all strictly from the high street at affordable prices..stay tuned for these looks...


On the left: wearing my new Levis 501 ct for a meeting, mixing it up with a touch of leopard print.
On the right: on the schoolrun in monochrome and Stan Smiths.

As always I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, have you thought about your summer wardrobe, or do you leave it (probably wisely) until there may be some chance of some sun?! Next time some utterly delicious designer goodies at a fraction of the original price...pure heaven. 
Frances xx


  1. Love the white French Connection top feel inspired by your blog thank you Frances

  2. Great post Frances! I love Sincerely Jules - unlike some of the other 'mega-bloggers' you get the feeling that she actually wears these clothes for real, all the time. You've made it easy to recreate her style, now can you sort me out with her lifestyle, her golden tan, and her fabulous hair, please? :-)

    I do like to get my money's worth, and I also find it impossible to wait for any actual sun before I start buying, so I often try to go for pieces that I can 'wear now, wear later'. I've been eyeing up that Topshop bag for a while now, I can see it working so well with khaki now, and with all my boho stuff in the Summer. Love it!

    You look amazing in that monochrome coat xx

  3. I just got some fabulous denim shorts to add to my collection from JCrew - I live in them in the summer here. I love my Menorcan Avarcas too - so easy and comfortable for the summer - never any blisters which I can get with other shoes in the heat! We're off to the beach here in 3 weeks and I can't wait to get my panama out of the closet! xx

  4. I've just had to go back to the top and re-read this Frances, there's sooooooo much inspiration. Totally in love with the French Conncection top - I hadn't seen this before now x

  5. Lots of stunning outfit inspiration here France's. I'm still living hot pink so will definitely be teaming some bright pink with my denim shorts come the warmer months.
    Jane xx

  6. Stunning outfits and inspiration!
    I love the Boden cashmere jumper and that French Connection top is divine :)

    Laura x

  7. I purchased my first pair of high waisted Topshop jeans the other day and I can honestly say they are the best pair I have ever bought! A little bit of fashion heaven and I will be filling my wardrobe with them from now on! Definitely worth the money. Becky x

  8. Some glorious outfit inspiration here Frances! I am definitely aiming to add the Dune Jolene's to my shoe collection and Spring/Summer wardrobe this year! xx

  9. Not sure my knees can do the short look this year - sadly they've 'gone' now :-(
    Love the grey tshirt with the khaki shorts though.

  10. Hey Frances - Great summer ideas. I love your 501 cts. How are you wearing them - regular size? Thanks Emma

  11. Hi, these are great looks, I particularly like the khaki shorts and logo tee combo. I've been looking for a spring khaki jacket recently with no luck. Have you seen any great ones anywhere? Thanks, Marina

  12. Love that Warehouse bag! I see they do it in grey too. And the Office sandals are divine. Thanks for the great ideas!

  13. Thanks for this. I really need to find my spring/summer inspiration. H xx