Make like the Italians this summer and take your style cues from la dolce vita

When leisurely days at the beach turn into long nights at the bar (ice-cold Peroni in hand), you need stylish summer essentials that work double duty. And even if a trip to the Amalfi Coast isn't on your horizon, doesn't mean you can't channel the old-Hollywood glamour of the Italians. 

While a neutral colour palette of black and white works a treat, a smattering of exuberant colour and pattern (care of Dolce & Gabbana) ensures you don't fade into the background. When it comes to your beauty mantra: less is more. Fake a sun-kissed glow with a beautiful matte bronzer, keep harmful rays at bay with a spray on SPF and finish with a generous spritz of Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino - it's the closest sensory snapshot of the Italian Riviera you'll get, short of a plane ticket to Europe, that is...

Summer style: the 9 essentials you need this season