Anyone else feel like they’ve forgotten the basics of piecing together an everyday outfit? A sense that you’ve been re-birthed into the world with the style prowess of a toddler who prefers soft-touch fabrics and stretchy waistlines? Yep, same.
Plus, with the world opening up and my diary front-loaded with weddings and family reunions, fancy dresses are living rent-free in my brain, pushing my grasp of day-to-day summer dressing further to the side-lines.
Not anymore, though. Thanks to the idiot’s guide to summer staples below, I’m golden. From comfy striped jumpsuits to wear on Great British beach breaks, to cute little white dresses for rooftop sundowners, check out 7 failsafe summer outfits to wear on rotation.
The Holiday Dress For Home
One to give you that ‘fresh back from holiday’ feeling, this dress will look as good worn to your fave local brunch spot as it would over sangrias on the Costa del Sol. Add heels and a cute bag for a date night vibe, or go comfy in strappy sandals.
The Wear-Everywhere Jumpsuit
Chic navy stripes in an easy, suit-all fit – win, win! beach breaks or that upcoming family gathering, this versatile jumpsuit looks gorgeous with summer sandals or white trainers. With its tie-waist, it’s all kinds of figure-flattering – and it’ll keep your legs warm when the sun goes down too.
The Little White Dress
With embroidery, lace, and a flattering off-shoulder neckline, this little white dress is ticking all the summery boxes. Just right for cocktails or that upcoming garden party, the Bardot mini pairs well with comfy sandals and gold hoop earrings. You can always inject a little color with a bold bag, like this orange cross-body.
The Essential Summer Shirt
Every wardrobe needs a cool white shirt, especially in the heat of summer. Knot it, unbutton it, wear it undone as a layer over your bikini – whatever takes your fancy. We love the Bronte blouse’s subtle satin stripe finish, giving added shine and texture. Tuck it loosely into denim shorts and add a rattan bag for beachy cool.
The Cool Girl Cami
One for when you’ve reached peak-glow, this gorgeous blue tulip cami is our answer to day-drinking plans that will likely lead to dinner and cocktails after. We’ve styled with blue jeans here, but you can easily style it with a pair of high-waisted denim shorts on your way to the beach this summer.
The Family Friendly Midi
In between the boozier dates on your social calendar, there’s likely to be a few family gatherings, christenings and baby showers in the mix. For those, we prescribe this elegant blue midi with under-bust detail. Styled here with flat sandals and a matching handbag, it looks equally adorable with white trainers or heels.