Fashion: Summer wardrobe essentials

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Whether you’re jetting off or holidaying at home, there are a few wardrobe essentials which should be on your shopping list this summer, says Amy Norbury 

As the summer season gets underway, thoughts are turning to those all-important getaways – and the all-important holiday wardrobe to go with them. 

Staycations have been the order of the day for many of us since Covid hit, but as the world is fully opening up to tourism once again, those far-flung getaways of yesteryear are very much back on the cards.  

So with holidays at home and away to content with, it’s time to invest in a capsule wardrobe which will see you through summer – wherever that may be. 

Whether you’re staying or going, there are a few holiday staples which should always be first into the suitcase. Get these foundations right and you’ll be showing your sartorial credentials, whatever the destination. 

Elegant and easy-to-wear, the do-it-all dress brings casual strength to your look, wherever you go. Throw it on for a day of shopping and lunching on your city break, or dress it up for an evening in your tropical paradise; this is one piece which will earn its place in your capsule wardrobe over and over again. 

Floaty maxis always ooze effortless elegance, while button-down midi shirt dresses scream city chic. The bonus is both are equally versatile for day-to-night dressing; you can even throw them on over your swimwear for a super stylish beach cover-up. 

For maximum outfit options, go for mix-and-match co-ords in standout prints. We love the wide-legged trousers-and-shirt combination, and once you’ve worn them together you can pair the trousers with plain white camis or T-shirts, while the shirt will add some serious style to your trusty denim shorts. 

If you’re planning a break with plenty of sight-seeing on the cards, then cool yet comfortable footwear is a must. You can’t go wrong with a pair of classic, crisp white leather low-top trainers for top casual cool marks – perfect for everything from day trips around the city to bar-hopping around the beach. 

For a more dressy vibe, opt for a pair of espadrilles in a neutral leather; tan, white, or black all work equally well for giving a elegant look without the effort of heels. 

Add a stylish bag which is roomy enough for days at the beach but structured enough for evenings out and your holiday wardrobe is good to go. Time to get packing! 


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