Ladies’ fashion: Seven wardrobe staples for summer
Wardrobes are craving a style refresh with summer firmly on the horizon. Now that holidays are back on the cards, here’s a roundup of some staple pieces to incorporate into any summer wardrobe this year.
Nothing says effortlessly chic quite like a pair of espadrille sandals. Loved by celebrities such as Kate Middleton and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, these wedges can instantly elevate any summer outfit, making them a real must this year. The iconic brand Castañer has been reinventing the espadrille since 1927, and this pair made from ivory canvas with an 80mm jute wedge will make a versatile addition.
Paired with some distressed denim and a white tee, an oversized linen shirt is a great item to add to any wardrobe, particularly when it comes to navigating our unpredictable British weather. This oversized black linen shirt from Zara is a winner along with Arket’s striped linen oversized shirt, which is perfect for throwing over a bikini at the beach or paired with a pair of slouchy white jeans.
If there’s one accessory that has the power to transform any outfit, it’s a statement pair of sunglasses. Black sunglasses will never go out of fashion, like this pair of Saint Laurent round frame sunnies, but if tortoiseshell is closer to the right look, the Liar Lair cat-eye tortoiseshell sunglasses from Le Specs are an affordable accessory to elevate any summer look.
Now that holidays are back on the agenda, it might be worth revamping that swimwear collection. For a truly timeless garment, a flattering and sleek one-piece swimsuit will always be in style. This black one piece from Leslie Amon features a statement sweetheart neckline, contrasting white piping and a low back for a sexy poolside look. For a more affordable dupe, the Singapore swimsuit from Calzedonia offers a chic alternative.
For long days on the beach and lazy afternoons in the park, tote bags are this summer’s must-have accessory. Practical but stylish, Accessorize nails the summertime vibe with this woven straw tote bag. For an investment piece, designer brands such as Saint Laurent and Loewe have fashionistas covered. Set to last for the year and many more to come, Loewe’s raffia tote is inspired by the carefree and free-spirited White Isle of Ibiza – perfect for those hazy summer days.
For a simple summer outfit to solve all wardrobe woes, a simple white sundress can’t be beaten. Opting for a floaty cotton mini dress this season, like this one from Nobody’s Child, will make for a fun and flirty daytime look, and switching up footwear and accessories transitions it from day to night seamlessly.
For some serious celebrity inspo, Karlie Kloss nails the summer trend with this embroidered white midi dress, paired with a wicker tote bag and leopard print sandals.
This gorgeous two-piece from Zara, featuring a strapless corsetry-inspired top and a ruched mini skirt to match, will make any wearer look pretty in pink. If there’s one clothing brand worthy of a splurge, it’s celeb favourite Reformation, and their Orzo linen two-piece is no exception. With a halter crop top and a midi-length skirt, this two-piece set comes in a range of shades, but the white and navy polka dots particularly stand out.