The Only 9 Items You Need This Summer

Your capsule summer wardrobe sorted

Words by Nicole Thomsen
June 14th, 2019

With these 9 items in your wardrobe, you’ll be set for any occasion this summer. Browse the key pieces that are trending this season, not only on the catwalk but in real life too, below.

Boiler Suit


 

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If you invest in one thing and one thing only this season, let it be a boiler suit. Even though it’s currently a ‘trend’, a boiler suit is something you can always rely on to come back into fashion so don’t stress about whether or not it’ll still be cool to wear next year — boiler suits will always be cool. Find the one you love now and reap the style benefits for years to come.

White Jeans


 

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Once a fashion no-no, white jeans are having a moment. Perfect for summer, look for high-waisted, straight or wide-leg styles in your preferred shade; white, off-white, cream, ecru — it’s up to you.

Linen Jacket


 

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For those evenings when the temperature suddenly drops and you find yourself regretting the bare shoulders and legs, a lightweight linen jacket or blazer will be your saving grace. Look for neutral shades that you can throw on with everything.

Velcro Sandals


 

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Leave it to Prada and the legions of fans sporting them on Instagram, such as stylist Monikh Dale, to make Velcro sandals cool. These sporty-esque shoes offer comfort, style and fun — for those of us who still enjoy the novelty of Velcro shoes. The perfect example of high fashion meets function, style them with jeans, skirts, dresses, and shorts, but be prepared for interesting tan lines on your feet.

Midi Dress


 

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The quintessential summer piece, a midi dress will be your MVP this season, perfect for a day of sightseeing while on holiday, date night, or all those wedding after parties you’ve got coming up. Choose between a wrap dress, slip dress, long sleeves, short sleeves, no sleeves: whatever you desire. If your main priority is a dress that’s trend-driven, animal print ought to be your first choice, as seen on Lucy Williams (spot those Velcro sandals on her feet). But if it’s something classic and seasonless that you’re after, polka dot, check, and floral prints are no-brainers.

One-Shoulder Top


 

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One-shoulder tops are back with a bang this season, even making waves in the swimwear department too. It’s the perfect elevated basic to throw on with your favourite high-rise jeans and go.

Straw Bags


 

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Our love affair with woven straw bags continues for yet another season so if you’ve yet to get in on this trend, do so now, as it shows no sign of letting up anytime soon.

Satin Slip Skirt


 

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The sister of the silky slip dress, a slip skirt has fast become a wardrobe staple in recent months. It’s so popular, in fact, Topshop cannot keep them in stock. Spotted on just about everyone, it’s one of the most versatile skirts you could own. Pick one up in every colour.

Strappy Sandals


 

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For those moments when Velcro sandals just won’t cut it, a pair of strappy sandals is your fancier alternative. With their minimalistic design, these Nineties comeback shoes are the perfect smart casual heels that will bring you from the office to the bar to brunch the next day.