Now is an ideal time to take a long hard look at your clothes and create the perfect summer capsule wardrobe.
A heavy-duty wardrobe clear-out is in order. The three “re” affixes – re-home, repurpose and rekindle – are a solid place to start when it comes to curating your new summer capsule. While the first two speak for themselves, rekindle is perhaps the most delightful method of all. Rekindle your love affair with the items that make you feel your best, and rediscover those that you may have – god forbid – forgotten.
Comfort and ease are the other features to bear in mind when seeking your seasonal staples; breezy shorts; floaty, throw-on dresses; and no-fuss sandals are essentials. Here, nine styling tricks to employ now.
Buy a breezy short-sleeved shirt
No capsule is complete without a breezy shirt. Short-sleeved styles are a transeasonal mainstay, suitable for wear beyond the summer season.
Consider a trusty tote
Find a tote that’s big enough to house our ever-growing list of personals (mask, keys, hand sanitiser), but not too cumbersome for your various calendar appointments. The It-girls have been loving Little Liffner – its range of shapely tulip holdalls are wonderfully stylish.
Swap your loungewear for comfy shorts
So long sweatpants, cosy shorts are your new summer staple. Keep comfort top priority with linen, cotton and jersey options to maximise breeziness.
Welcome the cheery sun hat
It’s high time you upped your headgear game. Shade your head in style with a jolly bucket hat – one of the key spring/summer 2021 buys – or a straw iteration for timeless appeal.
Jeans for when the forecast is fluctuating
The UK’s weather doesn’t always promise brilliant sunshine, so summer jeans are the perfect back-up option for when the temperatures drop. Baggy jeans are a popular silhouette at the moment – pair with a tank top for added ’90s edge.
Make minimalist sandals your next buy
A pair of structured flat sandals are not only super stylish, but brilliantly practical. Invest in a simple dad sandal style from The Row, or look to Toogood’s collaboration Birkenstock for an update on the trusted classic.
Garden-friendly swimwear is a must
Consider the statement swimsuit one of the most versatile items in your summer capsule wardrobe. It looks great under a semi-sheer summer dress or styled with a pair of shorts.
Don’t forget the no-fuss, throw-on dress
A throw-on dress is the ideal poolside-to-dinner table item. When the temperatures soar, this is all you’ll want to be wearing.
The finishing touch? A pair of cool frames
What better way to celebrate the sun than with a fresh pair of statement sunglasses? Striking, quirky sunnies are your hot ticket to a winning summer look this season and complete any outfit – however simple.