Women Tunic: Dhs1,270, Alice & Trixie at Desert Rose Style Notes: Tribal patterns are still on trend, and they often feature on wearable silhouettes. The long sleeves on this tunic mean it’s appropriate for the mall when teamed with skinny jeans, but its length means it’s racy enough for brunch.
Women Checked dress: Dhs199, Koton Style Notes: Gingham featured in Chanel’s 2011 cruise collection via gorgeous yet quite heavy shift dresses and tops. This more affordable option is far lighter to wear.
Women Mesh shoes: Dhs207 (were Dhs295), Bimba & Lola Style Notes: Laced brogues continue to appear on the fashion radar, but we find these cutout options work better in summer (tight leather shoes, no socks and 50°C heat are not a good combination).
Women Draped dress: Dhs332, Machja at www.aura-b.com Style Notes: Blush pink has been a hot colour for a while now, and the draping and Grecian cut of this dress make it far more comfortable to wear than the tailored dresses seen on the runways.
Derek Lam spring/summer ’11
Men Striped T-shirt: Dhs175, Mango HE Style Notes: Stripes are very on-trend, and are the perfect way to inject life into your wardrobe without weighing you down. We also find they handily camouflage sweat patches.
Men Chinos: Dhs178, www.asos.com Style Notes: No matter what the season, men will always be drawn to jeans. Denim is heavy and hot, so instead opt for navy-blue chinos – cuffed, of course.
Men Linen shorts: Dhs22, Banana Republic Style Notes: We find linen shorts more wearable than linen pants, avoiding the dreaded knee crease and swinging hemline. Plaid was big on the autumn ’11 runways, but few of the shapes and materials were Dubai wearable – try these lightweight Banana Republic versions.