The Checklist: Summer In The City
Want to navigate summer in the city with flawless style and a fail-safe wardrobe? Put together the perfect capsule with our guide to the classic and contemporary pieces that you can mix, match and wear your way all sunny season long.
The Trophy Top
A trophy top will lift anything you style it with, be it your most-loved denim, pristine tailoring or a slinky skirt. When temperatures rise look for simple, uncomplicated shapes with an easy fit and thoughtful details like Reformation’s lace inserts or Christoper Esber’s stone-embellished ring. Satin iterations will move seamlessly from office to after-dark attire, while a polished tank or camisole can be deployed with denim cut-offs and slides on sunny weekends or paired with sleek separates on special occasions.
The Mix & Match Skirt
Mix and match dressing is the key to nailing flawless city style and a fluid slip skirt is one of the best sartorial tools you can have at your disposal. With an irresistibility that transcends trends, style yours with everything from a low-key white T-Shirt or tank, to high-octane sequins or sheer separates depending on where you want to take it. A denim midi is a chic and unexpected alternative to jeans with a breezier attitude and has many styling options. And a mini skirt, cut as short as you dare, can be off-set with an oversized shirt and sandals for effortless cool every day.
The Ultimate Summer Dress
The ultimate throw on-and-go-piece, find the right summer dress and your whole warm weather wardrobe can effortlessly hinge around it. Look for easy silhouettes that will be comfortable day-to-night but have enough polish that you can dress them up or down with ease and a quick change of accessories. A shirred cotton midi dress is a failsafe choice – we love Matteau’s chocolate brown take and St. Agni’s pleated affair – that can be styled up with a blazer and heels should the occasion require. Cut-outs and keyholes, meanwhile, will add both interest and sex appeal, perfect for everything from weddings and parties to al fresco evenings out.
The Love-Forever Shoes
A forever pair of leather sandals will be the hardest working accessory in your summer wardrobe, both in the city and when you head off on vacation. Whether you opt for luxe flip flops, slides or mules, they’ll fit seamlessly with everything from your most bohemian dresses to your androgynous tailoring. Add a pair of neutral loafers to your sartorial line-up, too, for when you need to give your outfit a lift on or off-duty. And box-fresh trainers are a wear-everywhere staple. Look for minimalist, directional styles for maximum all-round appeal.
The Finishing Touches
Round out your look with the easy chic of quietly elevated accessories. Sunglasses are the ultimate summer essential no matter where you’re going or what you’re doing – reach for retro glamour or directional modernism depending on your mood. A hat will help you keep your cool and a modern take on fashion’s favourite, the bucket hat, will go the distance in your summer wardrobe whether you make a statement in Jacquemus’ oversized shape or Miu Miu’s elegant raffia iteration. And a scarf makes for a flawless finishing touch and has endless styling possibilities – knot it around your head, wrist, neck or bag all summer long.
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