Barely there

Barely-there shades such as beige are this season’s subtlest, sexiest, trend. From caramel shift dresses to eau de nil sheaths of silk and coral pink shell tops worn with classic chinos, Comptoir des Cotonniers’ summer collection is perfect for easy, breezy August Paris days


Monday, 15 August, 2011 by Isabel Dexter

  • Comptoir des Cotonniers’ summer collection

    Work summer’s low-key, nonchalant style with a print shirt and swing coat. Slim-fit beige chinos are the perfect solution to a rainy summer for stylish Little Miss Sunshines    

  • The new neutrals have a slick sportswear edge that gives them an urbane, cool air. Detail is everything, so look for contrasting colour panels and buttons. Keep the silhouette sleek 

  • This season’s silk all-in-ones are a cross between elegant 40s lingerie and starlet loungewear, and they look great with a light tan. Beat an early evening chill with an oversized knit in a complementary shade of eau de nil

  • The epitome of Parisian elegance is a silk blouse in a barely there shade this summer, whatever your age.  Go for an oversized cream number or plump for a muted shell pink shade with high-waisted trousers

  • Channel your inner Jackie Onassis via Carla Bruni with a chic, sleek shift. This one comes in the creamiest shade of taupe imaginable. Also note the mini cap sleeves and scoop neckline; just add shades and you’re First Lady material

  • Utterly Parisian. Thoroughly chic. A Breton striped top and a nude jacket give a jaunty, nautical air to wide-legged chinos. This Left Bank ensemble is for cooler August days in the city

  • A dog-print tee and a straw hat make for a tongue-in-cheek approach to neutrals, while a borrowed-from-the-boys check shirt is street chic at its best  

  • Low-key dressing has never looked so appealing. A sheer white shirt, long necklace and wide-legged, taupe trousers are all you need to nod to the 70s without veering into throwback territory. Top marks

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