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IMAGE.ie's fashion columnist Marianne Smyth, aka @smythsisters, shares her key summer pieces.
A mother of two and a photographer by trade, Marianne Smyth shot into the Instagram limelight very quickly due to her signature outfit pose. Known for her distinguishable mirror-selfies and timeless style, Marianne provides a catalogue of must-have, accessible outfits. Her carefully curated content is comprised of everyday wardrobe staples, styled in different ways.
Join us here every second week, where Marianne will hunt down the very coolest buys and tell you how to style them.
Marianne’s shopping picks
Wedding season is here, dress up with gold statement jewellery and a minimal heel and the look is complete. Adore!
I have my eye on this green trench. Keep it simple and pair with a black straight leg jean, sandal and a black tank for those cooler summer days.
It may look simple but you can never have too many basic t-shirts. Dress this up with a classic pair of black cigarette pants and a heel for an evening look or dress it down with slouchy jeans. Effortless and classy in one.
Oversized bags are everywhere this season and this COS bag ticks all the right boxes.
This is like Khaite but without the price tag. Pair with a pair of Bermuda shorts during the summer months and layer up with a trench come autumn/winter. You can’t go wrong with a half zip knit.
Previous shopping picks
The little checked dress, perfect for an evening out with a low slingback heel or during the day with Havaianas and a basket bag.
The most gorgeous woven tote bag. Extremely practical with the crossbody strap too. Win-win.
I have a thing for coloured beaded necklaces at the moment. I love the simplicity of this coral beaded necklace. Perfect to spruce up your most basic tank tops.
I don’t know about you but I have been living in linen shorts this summer. These are the perfect cool city short for running errands or an evening out.
Crochet is everywhere this season, I picked this up for my holidays to throw over my bikini when I need that extra bit of coverage.
A simple white dress that you will have in your wardrobe for years to come.
With the unpredictable weather we are currently having, a lightweight trench is a summer essential.
It’s no secret I love a knitted jumper. This linen stripe is the perfect knit for those cooler summer days. I’d style this with a pair of black linen trousers, my black thong sandals & a pair of classic Rayban wayfarer sunnies. The perfect relaxed weekday look.
A striped green poplin shirt, what’s not to love! Looks great with a pair of long Bermuda shorts or wear as a cover-up over your favourite swimsuit or bikini.
I just recently bought this bag after looking at it week on week. I love a casual summer basket bag but sometimes a basket bag doesn’t quite cut it on those cloudy rainy days! Perfectly chic with structure, can’t wait to style it up.
Never have I had so many compliments on my most recent pair of sunnies. With the lighter frame and blue lens they look great with any summer outfit.
Sometimes the missing piece of the outfit is a simple pair of sunglasses. I love a brown pair of sunnies, they compliment so many skin tones.
These just arrived last week and I’m in love! The perfect short to accompany a loose, laid-back linen shirt.
I’ve had my notifications turned on for this pink delight. The cut is just so chic! I would team it with a pair of thong sandals and an oversized rattan bag for the ultimate summer look.
I’ve had my eye on this Totême dress pre-sale and now it’s discounted I jumped at the chance. The perfect summertime dress to elevate your daytime look.
I use my Celine basket bag daily during the summer months. Opt for this Stories version for a purse-friendly option.
A black linen vest is a perfect way to elevate your jeans. Pair with a simple thong sandal for the perfect daytime look.
Sometimes less is more.
This black dress ticks all the boxes for me – fitted around the bust with a playful skirt. Pair with a colourful strappy sandal for that understated chic wedding vibe.
Knitwear that’s perfect for summer. Add a simple white tank and a pair of blue denim shorts and you’re good to go.
I own these Arket shorts and they’re my go-to. With a slightly longer hem and looser shape, these are made for girls slightly afraid of shorts.
Long shorts are my go-to item of the summer. Dress up with midi heels and an oversized blazer or down with Birkenstock’s and let the shorts do the talking.
Now bars are restaurants soon to open and we have an excuse to get dressed up, why not update your black blazer to this chic cropped short-sleeved blazer? I would wear this closed, with a pair of black long boyfriend jeans (the ones that bunch up at the ankle, they’re that long) and a pair of strappy sandals.
Complete the look with added statement earrings like this Daphine pair I got recently. Just the perfect amount of sparkle.
I’m a big fan of Birkenstocks, they’re just that comfortable, chuck-on type of shoe. I’ve had my eye on Birkenstock x TooGood Black The Mudlark Sandals for a while. The perfect sandal for summer. Comfortable and chic!
I’ve loved St. Agni for a long time now and I’m super excited to see their collection stocked in Browns! They’re simple, timeless classics to see you through summer. I love the simplicity of this dress with the sexy back, baring just the right amount of skin. I’d pair this with the Birkenstock sandals above for an effortless summer look.
My capsule wardrobe centres around tailored trousers in the summer. Dress up them with strappy heels and a loose shirt (a la Kendall Jenner) or down with flats and a black tank for that chic monochromatic look.
Green is big news this summer. With the detail in the dress, there’s no need for too many accessories. Keep it simple with wooden heels and a rattan clutch. Wedding guest-ready!
These are a nod to the clog trend that has come full circle. They’re perfect for wedding guest styling or with boyfriend jeans, a simple white tee and an oversized basket tote, you’ll have your cool-girl look of the summer.
The perfect wardrobe staple to dress up a pair of your favourite trousers.
Now that we are hitting the shops again I’m reaching for my larger bags. This bag has it all, boohoo relaxed vibes with a hint of summer fun.
When it comes to the full-length straight leg jean, these are a pair worth investing in!
I’ve lived in my all-white Acne Studios mesh sneakers all winter and I’m in love with this new colourway. It’s the perfect update to your go-to jeans and t-shirt look.Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed in Faded Khaki, €90
I bring my Birkenstocks out every year without fail, and this particular colour will go with everything in your wardrobe.
I can not get enough of this knit cardigan! I would team this with boyfriend jeans, an off-white vest and the Birkenstock’s above for a casual springtime look.
We all know I love a minimal dress. This satin slip ticks all the right boxes. I can imagine this styled down with The Row style sandals and an oversized slouchy bag. Perfect for that summer bbq!
High on my wish list is this stunning wool coat. Its thin fabric makes it a perfect transitional piece moving into the warmer months. Perfect for those outdoor plans we have coming up!
What better way to transition into spring/ summer than with a knit midi skirt? I would pair this skirt with a loose grey T-shirt tucked in at the front, black sandals and an oversized bag to create that effortless thrown together look.
Following on with the cream theme, I’m already planning my date night outfits. This Nanushka bag is first on my wishlist! It is a sculptural dream. With its deep pleats and sharp edges, it’s the hero piece of any outfit.
Ancient Greek Sandals have been my forever go-to for the days I fancy a change from my everyday chunky sandals. These are a slight nod to the Hermes Oran, only a little more purse-friendly.
No wardrobe should be without a straight fit, mid rise boyfriend jean. Dress up or dress down they honestly look great with everything! To me they really are the jeans of the summer.
We all know I love a linen shirt for summer! I just recently purchased this blue linen beauty. I can’t wait to style it loose over a white tank and jeans. It would also look great thrown over a swimsuit as a poolside cover-up.
Photography by @smythsisters.
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