I’ve worked in the fashion industry as a stylist and editor for close to a decade, so I’d say by now I’m pretty confident in spotting a great wardrobe buy when I see one. Over the years, I’ve seen trends and cult items come and go, experimenting with some along the way. No doubt they were fun while they lasted, but these days, I’m much more about investing in elevated pieces that I know will stand the test of time, whether that means pinpointing the most expensive-looking high-street finds or saving up for luxury pieces I truly love.
It can be so easy in summer to get carried away with the influx of cheap prints and playful designs that pop up, but taking a step back and considering what might have a seasonal sell-by date is so important if we’re going to curate more sustainable wardrobes that last. I try my best, instead, to veer towards classics that I’ll want to wear at any age—like linen dresses and separates or timeless prints like stripes and the odd elevated floral. My colour palette is usually quite minimalist, with a few splashes of my favourite brights peppered in. And most importantly, wearability and versatility are top of my list when considering a summer buy. Are these trousers comfy enough to wear all day but smart enough for the office as well? Can I wear this dress for summer events like weddings with heels as well as at weekends with flats and over a bikini at the beach? Will this jacket work in autumn just as well as right now?
It’s a lot to think about, especially when we all lead such busy lives these days. But if you’re with me and looking for summer pieces that tick all these boxes, you’re in luck. Below, I’ve added links to my current (dream) summer wish list featuring only the best of the best buys to save you all the scrolling. Of course, I won’t be buying all of this, but rest assured any one of these items will add value to your existing summer wardrobe.
Keep scrolling to see and shop the fashion expert–approved summer items you’ll never regret.
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