Style update: 10 things to add to your summer wardrobe

8th December, 2021

If I had to choose, summer would have to be one of my favourite seasons to shop for. There’s just something about the range of outfit options, from dresses, to shorts and skirts, that fires up my styling creativity and the myriad looks I can create. Every year, I tend to have a few favourites that I wear year after year, regardless of trends, but there are some new on-trend pieces that I think are definitely worth adding to your styling repertoire. I know I will be! So if you’re in the market for a few summery pieces, I’d definitely look towards…

Ribbed basics

Whether it’s a tank, tee or singlet anything ribbed is right on trend at the moment. I have stocked up on a few tanks and singlets to pair back with shorts or skirts and I’ve definitely got my money’s worth out of them. I’ve been wearing them a lot and they’ve really expanded the wear of a few existing pieces in my closet. Look for neutrals/earthy tones such as beige, tan, camel, cream and black as you’ll wear them often.

Wide leg pants

If you’ve yet to dip your toe into the wide leg pants trend, what are you waiting for? They’re unbelievably comfortable and so easy to pair back with basics such as a white tank or tee. I wear mine to the beach as a cover up, but also out and about so you can definitely get plenty of wear out of them.

Puff sleeve dress

I am all about a puff sleeve right now! The silhouette is definitely the one to watch this season and you’ll be seeing it everywhere. If you’re a little bit nervous about all that volume, don’t be! I’ve actually found a voluminous sleeve to be quite elongating and really flattering.

Chunky sandal

Much like last summer, the chunky sandal is still very much the shoe silhouette to wear. Whether it’s an “ugly” sandal a la the Chanel Dad sandal or a platform thong such as The Row’s Ginza it’s definitely all about a shoe that looks utilitarian rather than super delicate. The best bit is, you’ll be able to walk around in them all day without any complaints.

Strappy heel

Ever since the proliferation of the New Bottega strappy sandal (of which I am a huge fan!) the strappy heeled sandal/thong is definitely the one silhouette you want for summer. Wear it in a vibrant hue to add an extra zing to your look, or opt for a classic shade such as black for extra versatility. Either way, you’l definitely find plenty of occasions to wear them.

Straw bag

Summer just calls for a handbag that feels a little more resortwear than the trusty tote we’ve been carrying all year. So, I definitely recommend investing in a straw bag. It’s an easy way to update existing outfits in your closet and make them feel a little more summer, plus I love straw bags as they’re so lightweight.

Matching top and skirt

I’ve waxed lyrical about the matching top and skirt set and I still think it’s such an easy shortcut to look stylish. Opt for a ribbed set for a truly on-trend look. Plus you can wear them separately to get double the wear out of them.

Smocked dress

Whether it’s strapless, spaghetti strap or with a puff sleeve, a dress with a smocked or shirred bodice is going to be one of your failsafe looks this season. Plus I do love the fact that the stretch factor in this style makes them supremely comfortable (I highly recommend them for Christmas Day feasting time!).

One piece

I can’t get enough of one pieces, and they’re definitely my swimsuit of choice over summer. I also use them as a bodysuit which enables me to get bonus wear out of them. I’ve found this style also makes it easy to transition from beach to drinks or lunch quite easily as you can throw on something over the top such as a wide leg pant or a skirt and you’re set.

Summer trench

Given the weather we’re expecting this summer is going to be slightly cooler, it’s definitely a good idea to invest in a great lightweight trench. It’s the perfect staple to get through trans-seasonal weather and it’s so easy to throw on over a summer outfit as it works with most things, and adds a touch of polish too.

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