2012 July 23

Half the UK is heading for a festival or an Olympic event this year and the same clothing tips apply to both kinds of event.

•    Festivals allow for wildness – if you’ve always wanted to wear a tiara and dungarees, Glasto or any other festival is the place to do it. If, however, you’re attending the Olympics, the rule has an addendum – wear what you like, as long as it’s in your national colours! Red, white and blue T-shirts are at a premium in the UK, but red canvas shorts are selling well too, for unknown reasons – surely it can’t be the Robbie Savage effect?
•    Layer your clothing and take a waterproof – it will rain, somewhere, most days during a British summer. A simple waterproof poncho or jacket will stop you getting too wet and cold and prevents the chafing that can result from sitting in wet clothing after a shower.
•    If you are staying overnight, don’t wear jeans. Shorts with leggings are best for women, shorts or cargo pants with zip off legs for men. That allows you to adjust to the weather and if jeans get wet, they take up to four times longer to dry than other clothing, so even if it doesn’t rain, it only takes somebody to spill a drink on you to ruin your day.
•    When choosing tops, remember that if you’re staying into the evening, sequins are a girl’s best friend. Otherwise simple T-shirts look fabulous under a sparkly throw or a sequinned pashmina and both of those have the advantage of being foldable. For guys, white hooded tops or dayglo hoodies stand out in a night crowd and that can be helpful if you’re part of a group where people have to keep finding each other in the dark.

2012 May 1

If you’ve been inspired by the new Stella McCartney uniforms and want to dress in the same streamlined style as Britain’s Olympic hopefuls, here are a few tips to help you get the look and to get the fitness, if not of an Olympian, at least of a contender!

1. Focus on navy – Stella McCartney chose a dense shade of navy to be the background of many of the uniform components, to create an effect of strength and solidity. Navy blue T-shirts and vests are great for showing off well-sculpted arms, and if you’re aren’t brilliantly developed, try some fake tan to help give definition to pecs.

2. Combine tight and loose – soft flowing jog pants look good with camisole tops for women, while men can benefit from skin-tight cycling shorts worn with loose polo-shirts: the contrast in shape and form can help hide major problems such as a pot belly.

3. Red shoes – McCartney put her athletes in red training shoes, and that’s likely to be a keynote of this year’s sporting looks in the UK, so if you can’t get red shoes, try for socks that are solid red or have a red band to them, red gloves for winter running or football training and red hats or baseball caps for summer training.

4. Hoodies are definitely very much part of the focus, and the lighter the fabric weight the better, as layering sports clothing is going to be crucial for our athletes this year, in the UK’s changeable summer climate.