23rd May 2020
This summer all you need is these five key pieces to keep your wardrobe ticking over – we explain why that is
It may feel a little strange to be thinking about fashion in times like this.
Yet fashion is something that can lift us. It can brighten our days, even if only for a little while. We may not have weddings or the parties or the holidays to buy for, but we still have lives to live each day.
Just because we are in quarantine doesn’t mean we have to lock away our sartorial needs.
The key to dressing this summer is easy to wear pieces. This means relaxed shapes and staple pieces that we can wear on repeat all summer long.
These five pieces make a summer wardrobe. Each item can be mixed and matched with the majority of any wardrobe and can add a little sparkle back to our day to day motions.
The throw on dress
Sheer Lyocell maxi dress, €149 at & Other Stories
This silhouette is the shape of the summer. It’s easy to wear, comfortable, and is perfect for just about any occasion we may or may not be going to. At the time of design, the creators would not have known how fitting these types of dresses would be to the summer we find ourselves in. The loose shapes are exactly what we desire. Tight-fitting and structured versions would be our worst nightmare.
The dad sandal
Arizona Love pink and purple bandana knot, €130 at Farfetch
Oh, the humble dad sandal. Once worn exclusively by middle-aged fathers in Spain and always accessorised with socks. The fashion world looked down on them but now they are eating humble pie. The dad sandal is everywhere this season. Our favourites are the bandana knot creations by Arizona Love.
The oversized t-shirt
Nike Plus mini swoosh boyfriend t-shirt in dark yellow, €27.65 at ASOS
An oversized t-shirt is a basic in every wardrobe, but they have never been a more vital asset than right now. An oversized t-shirt paired with jeans, shorts, skirts, and anything else that is wearable can only be described as comfortable cool.
Relaxed denim shorts
Denim shorts, €49 at Arket
Denim shorts are a minefield. The hotpants of yore are the most difficult bottoms to wear but have managed to stay at the top of the summer dressing pecking order. However, change has come. Shorts this season are longer and with a more relaxed shape, meaning a more flattering and comfortable experience.
Oysho net basket, €39.99 at Zalando
Is there anything more French than a basket bag? No, there is not. Basket bags exude chicness and this summer they are the ideal companion to love and to hold. Because our trips will be limited to the shops and back, the basket bag is perfect for grocery shopping and looking nonchalantly stylish.
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