It was at a lunch on beautiful Harbour Island in the Bahamas that I was first introduced to Wiggy Hindmarch, sister-in-law to accessories designer Anya Hindmarch and the creator of a fabulous line of summery cover-ups and dresses. She was sitting across the table from me, looking effortlessly chic in a diaphanous sea-green shirt of her own design, paired with two incredible gold bangles – the perfect advert for her Wiggy Kit line of resortwear, which sent me straight to her website.
“This is a concise line of beautifully cut, fresh and flattering dresses and separates that don’t look preposterously skimpy, sheer and inappropriate when worn back home,” explains Hindmarch of her Marni-meets-Marimekko collection. Not being one for clothes that are light and frilly, she has produced a range of simple, slightly Scandinavian beach-to-barbecue designs that really hit the spot. I bought her split-neck, A-line shift Alamod dress (£225) because I needed something to wear to lunch, not the pool. In textured cotton canvas with a slightly muted pattern of pink and cream, it’s airy and great for the beach, but I’ll also be wearing it around the city this summer.
Other appealing pieces include the off-the-shoulder blue-and-white-striped Bardot dress (£185), which is perfect cocktail attire, and a relaxed and roomy Drawstring dress (£225) in cotton voile with neon-coloured flecks. But it is the St Germain shirt (£155) – a flowy crepe piece in ink or crisp white – that I’m eyeing next. This brilliant cover-up has a stylish, pared-down silhouette and is cleverly cut extra long at the back. “I take real women’s physiques into consideration in every design,” adds Hindmarch. “I like to provide proper coverage.”