Summer is here at last! As you finally pack away all the sweatshirts and woolly layers (the moment you’ve been waiting so long for) and start browsing through your summer wardrobe… The joy and summer anticipation slowly abandon you and sheer horror settles in: despite your vast collection of designer items, you’ve got nothing to wear.
When the weather is as lovely as this, the last thing you want to stress over is an effective yet comfortable outfit. Rising temperatures and humidity can make it particularly complicated when balancing the right looks and with your well-being.
But don’t worry! We are here to rescue you with our ultimate summer wardrobe capsule that will save you time getting dressed whilst keeping you chic and cool. And since this will likely become your summer 101 for more than one season, make sure to invest in some quality pieces.
A timeless classic. A good quality white shirt should be a staple piece in every woman’s wardrobe. It looks smart and will make you beam with authority and professionalism in the office, yet at the same time is perfectly suitable for a few cheeky cocktails on a warm evening throughout the weekend.
A white shirt is versatile and goes with pretty much anything. As simple as it is, it gives an instant vibe of sophistication and freshness - what’s not to love? Style it with a full skirt, with jeans, with shorts - if everything fails, wrap it around your waist to complement high-rise trousers! White shirts can even be worn to the beach as a cover-up, proving its undeniable worth and universality.
Skinny jeans are great, but not on a scorching sunny day - shorts, however, may be frowned upon in a professional environment. Thankfully, there is a solution - and no, we are not offering to give in and wear a skirt. If your collection of designer items lacks wide-leg trousers, you are in a big loss and should get yourself a pair at once.
Designer wide-leg trousers won’t just make a statement and look great on multiple occasions, ranging from days at your desk to a weekend away, but will also keep you incredibly comfortable. The reason you should invest in this summer staple instead of purchasing a high street item is simple: fabric. Designer wide-leg trousers will be made of lighter materials, such as cotton and linen, both of which are bliss to wear in the summer heat. What turns them into a capsule item is how they look great with anything - a luxury satin bralette or a basic tee are both fair play.
A print dress and summer are a fashion duo almost as iconic as Dolce & Gabbana. It is impossible to go wrong with a print dress. It is a fool-proof way of looking and feeling your best during the heatwave. A wrap dress, a tea dress, an off-shoulder dress - all of them are game, so the only factor is your personal preference.
Perfect in an air-conditioned office or at a tropical destination, a printed dress will never disappoint you. The best thing about printed dresses is that they never go out of fashion: even the prints are timeless. Everyone woman should have a staple print dress among her designer items: stripes, polka dots, florals - all falls to personal likings and tastes. Same goes to the design and details, such as sleeves and belts. With the endless possibilities and designs, a printed dress rightfully belongs in a summer capsule wardrobe.
The essential accessory for summer is, without a doubt, sunglasses. Not only do they protect your eyes and make it easier to navigate the streets in the blindingly bright sun, but also make a powerful statement.
There is a good reason for sunglasses being one of the most often purchased designer items. A cheap pair might create an illusion of protecting your eyes, whereas in reality it won’t offer any benefit: expensive pieces of known brands, on the other hand, fulfil their function fully. Some argue that high street sunglasses are richer in designs and variety, but it is a myth. The market of luxury sunglasses is full of styles chicer and better looking, and typically inspire the cheaper alternatives: just think of the infamous Ray-Ban Wayfarer design. In other words, whether you are after classic cat-eyes shades or big circular sunglasses, do yourself a favour and invest in them. Not only they will protect your eyes but are also guaranteed to serve for years to come.
As we discussed last week - flats can be as chic as high heels. Simple yet stylish flats are much more convenient, comfortable and desirable in summer. Leather sliders have recently been dominating collections of many designers, offering endless styles and looks - aplenty to choose from! Perfect for commuting, long warm-weather strolls and a go-to for every occasion, flat sandals are an ultimate hero shoe for summer. Whether you go for an elegant look with generously decorated and delicate ones or choose the bad girl attire with big chunky ‘dad’ holiday sandals - there's something for everyone.
Normally associated with the beach, basket bags are now considered to have a much bigger influence in city settings too. They’ve long since established themselves as a luxury fashion piece and one of the most desired designer items, becoming irreplaceable during hot summer months. If you can’t go to the beach, bring the beach to the office! Even if it’s in the shape of a bag.
This carefree accessory found its place in the world of fashion due to its ability to match denim and elevated dresses alike. Fashion giants such as Prada and Loewe have long since caught up with the hype, coming up with their own designs of the classic basket bag.
Same as a t-shirt, a tank top is an essential for summer. It is airier, lighter and often much more flattering than a tee. Tanks come in various colours, textures and designs, therefore they’re usually easy to style with what you already have. In fact, the simplicity of a tank top makes it easy to style it with anything! Such versatility is what makes it essential.
A simple tank top and shorts or skirt combo is the most basic outfit one could think of. This is where the possibilities start, but not how they end. A tank top styled with an evening skirt and a pair of mules will instantly turn into a formal outfit. Pair it up with light jeans and a jacket - you’re sorted for a summer evening out. Tank tops are so versatile they can be worn in any setting for they are, in most situations, a supporting piece that adapts to the overall mood of your outfit.
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