Words by Nicole Thomsen
July 9th, 2019
Nothing spells the arrival of summer quite like investing in a new summer wardrobe. However, when you live in Ireland, where the sun makes an appearance for approximately two weeks every year (thank you, Leaving Cert students), summer clothing doesn’t get a lot of air time. As such, Irish shoppers are prone to ‘investing’ in cheaper, disposable summer wear that ultimately lasts one season before heading to the clothing bank or worse, the back of the wardrobe, never to be worn again.
While this might seem like the cheaper, logistical option — why spend money on something you rarely wear? —, in reality, this school of thought is more expensive in the long run. The problem with buying these cheaper items is that they are often made from flimsier materials that simply aren’t made to last. This leads you to repurchase similar items the next year, and the year after that, and the year after that. At the end of it all, this costs more, not just financially but environmentally too.
Alternatively, you could purchase one slightly more expensive premium item that has longevity rather than spending the same amount or more on a number of cheaper, less exciting counterparts. The key here is to focus on summer wardrobe staples, those items you wear year after year, and avoid anything that is trend-driven. Instead, purchase pieces that are more classic in style and will not date. Most of all, think of your all-time favourite colours and silhouettes that flatter you.
Below, you’ll find 6 of these summer wardrobe essentials that maven46 believes are worth spending money on. Of course, it needs to be said, an investment purchase doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, as you’ll see in our shoppable edit. It just requires you to be more considerate when you’re shopping and ask yourself ‘will I still long to wear this next year?’ as well as checking out the care label to uncover what each garment is made from before you buy.
A linen dress is a summer staple that requires minimal effort for maximum impact. Day or night, it will see you through any occasion, work or play, this summer and every summer, making it one worth investing in. What’s even better is that linen is not only the optimum summer fabric given it’s lightweight and breathable on the skin, it’s also much more sustainable and durable than cotton meaning it should stand the test of time. So, maxi or mini, choose the style and the colour that you adore and reap the benefits for years to come.
When it comes to swimwear, you want something that is going to last longer than the duration of one summer holiday. Something classic that you can break out year after year, regardless of trends, and it still makes you look and feel great. Take a classic shape with contemporary details such as a square neckline and opt for block colours. While black is always a safe option, tawny brown shades are a great alternative if you want something that is a little less harsh on lighter skin tones but still timeless and neutral (side note: brown swimwear also looks amazing on tanned or darker skin so it’s a win-win for all). If you do want to invest in black or navy, however, the one-shoulder bikini from COS is a great option as the asymmetric design offers added interest to an otherwise plain bikini.
Protecting your eyes from the sun is paramount during summer but you should also look good while doing so. The right pair of sunglasses will do both. Forget about trends completely when it comes to eyewear and figure out what style flatters your face shape; round-frame, square-frame, aviators or cat-eye. It’s all very well and good to sport the latest shades but if they don’t look good on your face you’ll just end up looking like a mug. So instead, find a style you love and invest because chances are you’ll return to them year after year.
Whether you’re a denim jacket kind of girl or a tailored blazer is more your vibe, a summer jacket is essential living in Ireland so it’s worth investing in a timeless style that you love and are guaranteed to get mileage out of. Look to brands like Maje, Reiss and Totême for quality outerwear that never goes out of style.
If you’ve ever spent the day hobbling around in uncomfortable shoes you’ll understand how important it is to invest in premium quality sandals. More than just a trend, leather sandals will always be in style, helping to elevate any and every summer look they’re worn with. If comfort is your main priority, the classic Birkenstock sandals (which also come in a synthetic alternative known as Birko-Flor for those who want to avoid real leather) make for a good investment. But if you’re looking for comfort with a side of luxury too, The Row’s now cult Bare sandals are the ultimate splurge.
Trainers are a wardrobe mainstay but when it comes to the summer months, some days you need something a bit lighter and fresher on the feet. A pair of white plimsolls is the perfect lightweight alternative and a summery classic. Whether you opt for the iconic Superga low-tops, old-school Converse or the sustainably-made Veja trainers, these canvas shoes will be your go-to summer footwear this year and next.
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