It’s not easy looking effortless when you’re fighting a losing battle against the heat. Your summer wardrobe needs essentials to maximise style while minimising effort. We’ve selected the eight must-have pieces every wardrobe can’t do without this summer.
A Sun Hat
The classic straw boater is the perfect choice for summer, it works with every outfit. It’s the stylish way to keep the sun off your face while looking elegant in the process. We picked ours up from a thrift store and suggest you do the same. If you can’t find the right fit, here are some alternatives: Sur La Tête Milan Boater, Reiss Wide Brim Straw Hat, and Scala Petite Sun Hat.
You might want a pair of cute slides, flats, or sandals but whatever your shoe of choice is for summer, they undoubtedly have to be fuss-free. Birkenstocks are the classic easy-to-wear sandal but if you can’t face their chic yet “soccer mom" style, here are some alternatives: Wills Footbed Sandals, Beyond Skin Bee Slippers, and Toms Burlap Flats.
A Maxi Dress
It’s the comfortable yet chic dress of choice; when the weather gets unbearable, nothing beats throwing on a casual-yet-cool maxi dress. Make the right choice and you will look as elegant as you will feel comfortable. If a maxi dress isn’t your thing, try a midi or a classic shirt dress; the epitome of ease and style. Our picks include the Everlane GoWeave Cocoon Dress, Emerson Fry Maxi Slip, and Thought Tanami Maxi Dress.
No summer wardrobe is complete without a pair of sunglasses. Look for lightweight and comfortable frames that are versatile enough to pair with all your summer outfits. We prefer classic designs in modern style like the Sticks & Sparrow Gaze Sunglasses or Westwood Leaning Fhloston Paradise; if you’re looking for a more interesting pair, check out these by Eco.
A One Piece
What’s summer without a dip in the pool or a trip to the beach? Opting for a one-piece swimsuit means you can wear it to the pool or as part of your outfit. Choose well and it’ll look just as cute as a bodysuit (and no one will even know.) The Bikyni Racerback, Beth Richards Barre One-Piece, and Giejo Black & White V-Neck are our top picks.
As summer heats up your style might need to cool down with easy-to-wear pieces that are fuss-free. Jewellery that will take you from day to night makes styling in summer effortlessly easy. Keep it simple with light and delicate jewellery. Solitaire studs for extra sparkle, layered bracelets, stacking rings, and drop-charm necklaces; learn how to layer up your jewellery to make a statement.
A Catch-All Bag
The perfect bag for summer is one you can throw everything into; an ideal catch-all that’s casual, care-free, and cute. Whether you opt for a bucket, tote, or backpack, make sure it’s big enough to carry all your summer essentials - and more. Our favourites include the Matt & Nat Isshiki Bucket Bag, Everlane Twill Zip Tote, and Pack Lite Reversible Rucksack.
It’s important to look after your skin all year round but during summer it takes a little more consideration. The heat may be wreaking havoc with your complexion and avoiding sunburn should be top priority. Make sure your skin care regime is up to scratch; switch to lightweight products that help hydrate your skin and don’t forget to apply sunscreen daily. Here’s a guide for the perfect summer skincare routine.