When you think of summer essentials, you might think immediately of bikinis, beach cover ups, denim cut offs and flip flops. And you would be right – I definitely want a good version of each of those in my warm-weather wardrobe. However, for summer at home, they don’t quite work with my day to day life. Realistically and holidays aside, I spend my summer doing what I always do – going to work, trying to be a functioning adult, and attempting to maintain some kind of social life. So today I thought I’d talk about my summer wardrobe essentials for when you’re not jetting off to exotic locations and maybe instead you’ve got a day in the office or drinks in a beer garden planned.
I’m not necessarily talking about the items in the photos specifically, although obviously I think they’re great options, but it’s more about the job that each piece does and the gaps in my wardrobe they fill. Each one scores highly – apparently I’ve turned into a Strictly Come Dancing judge – for versatility, ease, and comfort/practicality…and if that isn’t the most boring way of describing clothes you’ve ever heard then I don’t know what is. Onto the items!
The everyday dress
Getting dressed in the morning can be hard (first world problems I know but I actually mean that, if I don’t plan what to wear the night before it’s a daily struggle) and in British summertime when you’re likely to be baking one moment but shivering away in the shade the next, knowing what to put on can be a bit of a nightmare. That’s where the everyday dress has to come in – something you know you can sling on with minimal thought about how to style it. For me, this should be something not too tight or heavy, because neither of those things go well with sweat or you know, being comfortable. On the flip side, this is Britain and the weather doesn’t always do the same as it does when you jet off on holiday, so unless it’s really hot something super flimsy won’t necessarily be the order of the day either. Plus the wind whipping up your skirt to reveal your Primark pants on your local high street isn’t quite as cute as when it does the same in Greece when you’re wearing a fantastic new bikini and living your best life.
This denim shirt dress from Next is the perfect ‘medium’ weight fabric, doesn’t cling, sits above the knee and has short loose fit sleeves. Being honest, I’m pretty bad at buying basics or go-with-anything pieces, but I feel like I’ve snapped up an absolute winner here – I could wear this for pretty much anything and always feel comfortable doing so.
The perfect sized bag
I have a lot of big bags and a lot of tiny bags, and bringing this Zara pom pom baby (I treat it like it’s my first born child, no joke) into my wardrobe has been quite revolutionary. My ideal ‘not too big and not too small’ summer bag needs to be large enough to accommodate a bottle of water and all your usual essentials (and an umbrella according to our recent weather, lol good one Britain), but not so big that you could carry around half the contents of your bedroom, your entire bathroom cupboard and your own mini library. That’s my personal preference anyway – I cart a lot of rubbish around with me sometimes, but I absolutely hate feeling weighed down with a million and one bags, so a bag which is the right size for me to sneak a couple of snacks in and contain water, suncream, purse, phone and all those usual essentials but not give me an excuse to bring five other dress options is the ideal.
The easy sandal
The essential summer sandal for me is one with a comfortable fit and a wear-with-anything style. Obviously this could be a flat sandal but I also love them with a block heel, as long as it’s a fairly low one, for daily wear – it just makes me feel more sassy, as long as it’s comfortable enough to spend all day in. You may be sick of seeing these, but this year the oh-so-2017 mule has been my essential summer footwear piece (is a mule even a sandal? I would say so if it’s peep toe but who knows).
I’ve had these ones a few months now and they are fast becoming my most-worn shoe in years…possibly even ever. I know I can wear these for work, for drinks in the evening, for a day shopping, for a lunch date – pretty much for everything, except you know, going on a full on hike or stomping through mud. They’re black, which I know isn’t exactly summery, but have been easy to combine with my summer wardrobe anyway and go with nearly everything I own. Mine are from M&S and they are SO comfortable it’s insane. The best £19.50 I’ve ever spent.
What are your summer wardrobe essentials?
Dress – Next | Bag – Zara | Mules – Marks & Spencer
Photos: Rob Poor