The warm weather is finally here – and if you’re considering updating your wardrobe to mark the start of a stylish summer, we’re here to offer some seasonal outfit inspiration.
After a damp, cold May it’s finally time to pack away the sweaters and coats and treat yourself to some summer staples that are ideal for holidays – or stock up on new clothes designed to keep you cool as the temperatures start to rise.
Stay cool in a maxi dresses
A maxi dress is a must-have item in any summer wardrobe. It can be dressed up with heels and a handbag for a summer wedding or teamed with flip-flops and a beach bag for a trip to the seaside in true boho, hippy-chick style.
We love this Trapeze maxi dress, available at the Next website, with an on-trend geometric print. The sleeveless style will keep you cool and the loose-fit is designed for maximum comfort. It’s available in nine different colours and prints, including a pretty floral design and a bright green tropical print.
For a more formal take on the maxi dress to wear to a garden party, wedding or summer ball, this Anya With Love halter neck maxi dress ticks all the boxes for effortless elegance. You’ll also be doing your bit to help the planet too – as this dress is created from recycled plastic bottles and textile waste. The back features a bow, and the pleated tulle skirt gently skims the floor. At just £75, this style of dress would also make a fabulous budget-friendly bridesmaid outfit too.
Trendy tunics for summer days
Tunics can be worn over jeans or leggings, or as a mini-dress to show off your suntan. However you choose to wear a summer tunic, you’ll make a bold, bright statement in this Joe Browns Mexicana tunic that’s both flattering and eye-catching. Available in sizes eight to eighteen, it’s a go-to outfit for a sizzling summer look.
For simple summer style, this short-sleeve 100% organic cotton Countryside tunic will look equally chic worn over wide-leg trousers or skinny jeans. It has pretty buttons and a back tie, so you can draw the tunic in at the waist – or wear loose and flowing to keep cool on those blazing hot summer days.
Kaleidoscope offers this brightly printed tunic in sizes ten to twenty-four. It flatters all body shapes and has fitted three-quarter length sleeves. Even better – it’s crinkle resistant so there is no need to iron it!
Every summer wardrobe should contain a pair of go-to denim shorts – and our favourite ones for 2021 are these mid-wash blue statement shorts which will easily pair with a crisp white t-shirt or a camisole-style vest top. The best feature of these Matalan denim shorts is the elasticated waist – so even if you’ve been over-indulging during lockdown these flattering shorts will look great and provide maximum comfort.
Marks & Spencers have created a pair of Magic Shaping knee-length shorts, with a stretch waistband and shaping darts to give your tummy extra support and shape. The shorts are made from sustainably sourced cotton and ship in either black or white – or a range of pretty pastel shades.
The fabulously named Flamingo Flippy shorts from FatFace are lightweight with a super relaxed fit. Made using soft and breathable viscose, derived from natural wood pulp, the pink flamingo printed material is both breathable and bold!
Summer shirts and tees
Say hello to summer in style in this comfort-fit tee that’s perfect for the beach. With a summer slogan across the chest in bright rainbow colours it teams well with shorts or jeans. Add a cropped denim jacket as the evening gets cooler – and wear to your favourite restaurant for dinner.
For lazy summer days – grab a daisy print tee and throw on a maxi skirt for relaxed chic. This cotton-blend t-shirt is available in sizes small to 2XL – and at just £11.63, you can stock up on the variety of colours available. We love the sea-green hue for a bright pop of colour!
If you prefer a shirt with sleeves – but still want to stay cool – then this beautiful butterfly printed sheer-fabric shirt can be worn over a cami-top for a relaxed look. The back of the shirt is designed to be slightly longer than the front, so leave it loose and flowing for breezy, billowing comfort.
A pure linen blouse adds a cool touch to your summer outfit selection and this floral v-neck popover style shirt is an easy-to-wear summer staple that combines a classic fit with a contemporary style. Wide, short sleeves help to keep you feeling cool and looking stylish.
Stylish summer sandals
Flip-flops are the go-to footwear for the beach. If you dream of lazy days in the sand dunes then slip your feet into these Reef Gypsylove tan leather sandals with a soft suede footbed and arch support. If you prefer splashing in the sea then Skechers offer these Daisy Delight flip flops that are made with super-spongey Yoga Foam technology which will take you from the beach to the bar in total comfort.
For the ultimate in sandal luxury, splurge on these Saffiano leather sandals from Michael Kors. At £145 they are not the cheapest pair of sandals you’ll ever own, but they will certainly be the most glamourous! The woven jute wedge heel and buckle fastening detail make them perfect for the beach or for wearing with a maxi dress for a summer wedding. For a more affordable take on the wedge style of sandal, Next is offering these square-toe espadrille sandals for just £38. Finish off the look with a coat of slick nail polish and flaunt your feet!