Top Tips on Getting our Wardrobes Ready for Summer from Style Coach And Corporate Image Consultant, Katy Dyer

With summer just around the corner (well one can but dream!), thoughts are turning to our holiday wardrobes as well as the impending wedding season.  We sat down with style coach and corporate image consultant, Katy Dyer, to get her expert advice on the must have trends and easy fashion updates for the warmer months ahead!

How did you get in to personal styling and what services do you offer?

Clothes and their impact on how your feel and present yourself have always been fascinating to me, so after fifteen years working in the corporate world I decided to strike out on my own and retrain as an image consultant. I work with all sorts of people – all ages, stages, shapes and sizes – men and women, to help them understand how to look and, more importantly feel their very best. I also work with companies large and small to help their team understand the importance of how they present themselves and reflect the company brand.

With the summer nearly upon us thoughts are turning to our holiday wardrobes – what three essentials should everyone have on their packing list?

A hat – style and a degree of protection from the sun (my favourite at the moment is a straw trilby).

A colourful tote – big enough for all those beach or sightseeing essentials

Sunglasses – my favourite brand is Ray-Ban, they never go out of style!

Woven Floral Canvas Tote Bag, £49 John Lewis 

What are the hot summer trends for 2017?

Stripes – narrow, wide, colour or monochrome, it is probably the key trend to add to your wardrobe this season.

Ivory Bold Stripe Bardot Top, £69, Mint Velvet 

What’s your top style tips for holiday dressing?

Think before you pack! Decide on a colour scheme of 1-2 neutral colours that suit you (e.g. blue, white) and then 2-4 fashion colours (e.g. red, yellow, turquoise, coral) and choose outfits accordingly. You will get many more combinations than if you simply pack pieces you like or think you might need, so will have more flexibility with less clothes.

Summer also heralds wedding season – what are the dos and don'ts when considering what to wear to a wedding?

Make sure you know the dress code. Are you expected to wear a hat? How much time will you be spending outside? For women, I would always advise avoiding a complete outfit in any shade of white. For men, make sure you dress for the occasion – jeans and/or trainers are not acceptable.

What dress styles are in fashion this year?

We still have the 90’s throwback slipdress – a great choice for summer. Also lots of fabulous 50’s styles with full skirts which work brilliantly on curvy body shapes.

Lilian Pleated Lace Dress, £249; Woven Fringe Clutch; £55, Fine Beaded Bracelet, £15 (all Whistles)

How can one quickly and easily update something already hanging in their wardrobe for a wedding?

Add an accessory – a contrast statement necklace or oversize light, bright scarf can lift an outfit you already own. A clutch bag is probably my must-have accessory right now for occasion dressing, even better – make it metallic!

Where are your favourite places to shop for wedding attire?

On the high street, I love Whistles. They have some really unusual but well-fitting designs. I also love to shop in independent boutiques – that way you can be certain of finding something completely different for everyone else. 

I also tend to go to a few different independent boutiques including Gallivant in Thame, Vanilla in Oxford and My Danish Wardrobe a little further afield in Leamington Spa.

Katy Dyer is an experienced style coach and corporate image consultant. Based in Thame, South Oxfordshire and working across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and beyond she helps people of all ages, stages and backgrounds to present themselves at their very best - because when you look good, you feel good.

Find out more about Katy’s service at or contact her at, 01844 872 025 / 07815 923 019

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