Whether you’re going on a staycation or vacation, play it cool this summer with desert dressing, says Penny Fray
When it comes to looking on-trend, this summer is going to be the easiest one in years for Omani women. You’ve already got “Seventies Bohemia” thing covered thanks to that embroidered kaftan you found in Muttrah souk last season and now, you can even recycle your desert gear. After all, recent catwalks were awash with the colours of the Empty Quarter with muted yellows, browns and blazing orange.
This season’s vibe is all about simple, clean lines, contrasted with a bold mix of rich textures like buttery suedes, sunburnt leathers and silk. Think Kristin Scott Thomas in The English Patient and you’ll get the idea.
There’s a strong sense of practicality to this collection with jumpsuits, utility jackets and shorts being paired with knee-high gladiators and crisp white shirts that work day and night. Just layer gold accessories for an extra touch of luxury.
Dress down this versatile staple from Mango with utility shorts and sneakers at the weekend, or wear it with tailored styles for the office. From RO12
Tomas Maier’s gladiator-style sandals are crafted from tan leather. Flawlessly finished with an elegant square toe, this pair is timeless and will go with everything from flowing maxi dresses to shorts. It’s RO174 price tag makes it an investment buy, but there are plenty of budget variances in Muscat’s malls
Jennifer Fisher’s designs are worn by the likes of Beyoncé Knowles and Emma Stone. Cast from gold-plated brass, this ring depicts a snake twisting around your finger. We love how the black cubic zirconia eyes sparkle in the light. From RO123 from Net-A-Porter
These utility shorts are in line with this season’s sand safari-inspired mood. Crafted from cotton, this H&M pair are cut for a flattering fit. Wear yours with a tucked-in shirt and sandals. From RO18
Tap into this season’s ethnic trend with this Zara scarf. Perfect for looking stylish in sand storms. From RO12
It’s in the detail: How to Accessorise the Look
1) Gold accessories elevate the simplicity of utility wear. Try a pair of metallic sandals with khaki tailoring.
2) A designer talisman will infuse even the most practical outfits with exotic charm. Alternatively, embrace the jingle-jangle of stacked bangles and ankle trinkets. They’re steeped in tribal eclecticism.