As lockdown restrictions are being lifted around the world, for many of us it’s a chance to get excited about the summer months ahead, with the possibility of being able to head to the beach or even travel abroad now more within reach than it has been for much of the year so far.
But after months of staying at home, it’s more than likely that you’ve been putting your summer shopping on hold – so what better time than now to revamp your wardrobe for the sunnier days ahead, whether at home or abroad?
Summer is, for most, the most enjoyable season to dress for, allowing for pretty prints, summer dresses and a range of beautiful accessories – to prepare to have some fun with some seasonal staples and create some sophisticated looks to see you through the season.
If you’re unsure what exactly you should be adding to your wardrobe for the rest of the sunny season, then look no further – because we’ve rounded up the top four essentials every style-conscious woman should have in her wardrobe – luxury guaranteed.
A straw bag
What’s the first rule of summer? Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise – but don’t forget that all-important mantra, ‘less is always more’.
If there’s one item you shouldn’t hesitate to add to your collection this summer, it’s a stray or rattan bag, which will look perfect with the season’s ditzy prints, florals, pastels and brights. Not only that, but it’s the ultimate beach accessory, too, and is perfect for storing your book, sunglasses and sun cream for a day of soaking up those rays. Loewe has a great selection in a range of different sizes – the only challenge here is choosing just one.
A pair of designer sunglasses
Show us a woman who can make it through the summer without at least one show-stopping pair of designer sunglasses – we’ll wait.
A beautiful pair of shades in one of the latest summer styles is the perfect way to finish off any outfit, adding an air of mystery and a good dose of glamour to just about any look.
This year, the retro classic cat-eye shape is back, but with a cooler twist than ever before. Look for exaggerated wing-shaped frames, classic tortoiseshell, or channel old Hollywood glamour with some statement prints.
If you’re looking for something a little more understated, then you can’t go wrong with a trusty pair of Ray Ban Clubmasters, offering a timeless silhouette that will suit almost every face shape.
Summer is the perfect time to go all-out on statement jewellery – think bejewelled maxi-necklaces and bracelets, over-sized earrings and colourful adornments. Forget gold and silver, too – or at least, those simple metals alone. This season’s pieces are designed to inject colour and excitement into any outfit. Marc Jacobs and Ports 1961’s mismatched brights and Ulla Johnson’s floral and beaded pieces will continue to stun this summer, while Brandon Maxwell has some beautiful embellished pieces that are definitely worth adding to your jewellery box.
Strappy, square-toe sandals
A sleek pair of summer sandals will never go out of style, and this season, it’s all about the sophisticated square toe. This flattering design elongates the legs and creates a feminine silhouette, and this summer, you can expect to find them in myriad colours. Opt for thin straps for a dainty and delicate look, or add short socks for an extra dose of attitude.
Choose white or tan shades for versatility – these shades will go with anything. But if you’re the type who likes to make a real style statement, then opt for bright colours and wear with clashing colours, or team with black for a bold combination.
These four summer must-haves will elevate your wardrobe to whole new heights with ease, transforming even the simplest of outfits into an elegant look that will make you the envy of all those who see you from a social distance.