When life gives you lemons… pop them in your wardrobe! A whimsical take on traditional florals, fruit prints scream summer in a more modern way, recalling tropical holidays and exotic screen sirens like Carmen Miranda. A fruit turban might not be entirely practical, but integrating a touch of food into fashion will keep things young, fresh and fun.

Peachy keen

peach how to wear fruit

Especially flattering on darker skin tones, peach can often be a more practical alternative to white or cream. A slogan t shirt is an obvious take on the trend, but colour blocking will also reinforce the fruity factor.

These pink-toned cords are a must-have transitional piece, whereas an accent green will provide just enough clash to keep the look feeling fashion-forward.

If things are heading too far into saccharine territory for your liking, toughen things up with a boxy jacket—androgynous shapes can help counteract the sweetness.

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City citrus

Planning an August getaway? A simple shorts and t-shirt combination will be ideal for pacing cobbled streets or negotiating attractions. Stripes and fruits make a delicious combination—tuck into paper bag shorts for a streamlined silhouette or leave loose for a more casual affair.

Pair with a basket bag, the undisputed tote of the season, it combines perfectly with the "fruit picking" aesthetic of this trend. Low sandals add femininity without compromising comfort. Opt for no higher than 2 inches and choose fabrics that offer a little give, soft suede or leather gets our vote.

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Club Tropicana

Ideal for a smarter occasion or for the ever-changeable summer weather, this subtle apple print blouse tucks neatly into a high-waisted trouser for a nod to 70s shaping that feels sophisticated and high-end.

Ramp up the playful kitsch with accessories – this statement banana necklace and outrageous pineapple heels fill out the fruit bowl but remain adult-appropriate. If you’re going the whole hog, experiment with a headscarf and dark glasses. Cuban cigar optional.

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A melon marriage

Wedding guest attire is awash with fussy florals and frothy pastels, so dare to do things differently with a fruity print.

A dark background will tame down the tropical, leaving you free to incorporate colour-popping accessories that will add to the festivities. Drop or beaded earrings are very on trend and available in a multitude of styles on the high street; the bigger the better.

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Lemony fresh

For those more into separates, one great piece to experiment with this summer is the a-line skirt. Flattering on all body types, a bright skirt with a more subdued top is appropriate for a variety of occasions, whether it be the office or a simple day of errands.

An off-shoulder Bardot style is flirty without revealing too much flesh, showing off décolletage and offering space to accommodate a statement necklace. Pair with simple court heels or if you’re feeling more adventurous with a playful pump—with this trend, more is definitely more. 

 

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