Hannah in striped blouse from Zara, denim shorts from Hush and high tops

The raindrops are hammering against my windows in a miserable London as I scroll through these sunny Cretan pics. The memories of a hot wind caressing my skin long forgotten; instead I sit huddled in three jumpers and a big scarf, waiting for a nice man to fix my leaky roof, which is struggling to cope under the latest rainy onslaught. I briefly wonder whether it would be wrong to pop the heating on, just for a little while – or maybe that’s it, our small allotment of summer days passed and Autumn has arrived. Then the photos remind me that, just as with our holiday, eventually the rain will retreat and the sun will return; we can crack open the rosé and reach for the denim shorts again.

Hannah in denim shorts and high tops

My love of denim shorts has been reignited by a discovery of Body Blur by Vita Liberata. This body make up evens out any blemishes, moles or freckles (which us Sharmans have by the bucket load), creating an even tan and leaving legs looking polished. It’s waterproof immediately so don’t worry about a bit of summer rain, or even a shower. Avoid the shower gel if you want it to last, or use the shower gel if you want to wash it off. It’s not cheap at £30, but trust me, it’s worth every penny.

Hannah wears denim shorts and high tops in front of sea view

Denim Shorts, Hush, £45

These denim shorts are my old friends, bought from Hush a a few years ago. They still offer the same pair, luckily for us tall ones as they are perhaps the perfect shorts for long legs. They’re comfortable, a timeless colour and style and long enough that you’re not constantly having to hoik them down.

Hannah in Hush denim shorts and striped Zara blouse.

While denim shorts are casual in nature, style them with different shoes and tops and they are impressively versatile. Try with a tuxedo jacket (or boyfriend blazer), white shirt and stiletto heels for a cosmopolitan take, if that takes your fancy. For a holiday vibe, however, I opted for a look which would take me from sightseeing to aperitif to rosé-fuelled dinner, with this beautiful striped blouse from Zara and my favourite P448 high tops (I know, I know, but we love them!).

Hannah in striped Zara blouse

Striped Blouse, Zara, £29.99

This blouse is wraparound and you can either have the deep V at the front or the back, as you wish. I rather liked having the feature at the back – a little more demure when you’re showing a lot of leg. However, you could equally style the blouse with the V at the front, over a pair of white jeans and block heel sandals. Go for high waisted trousers if you don’t want to flash your midriff as it’s not the longest.

Hannah Sharman flicking her hair in denim shorts and high tops

Flicking my hair. Just because.

Well, the persistent rain may still be hammering against my windows but, sod it, I’m going to have a glass of rosé, pop on my central heating and walk around the flat in my denim shorts.


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Hannah in striped Zara blouse

Striped Blouse, Zara, £29.99