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Ah the perks of summer – blue skies, short sleeves, beach getaways, much-needed vitamin D. And we're here to add one more to the list: the ability to rewear many of your spring clothes, even into peak summer. That means less time shopping, more time basking in the sun.
While you can (hopefully) retire your mac and waterproof footwear, you can hang tight to those trusty favourites you've already broken in. Our stylist Toby is here to help you identify the best essentials to bring into warm-weather season. Sun cream not included.
Denim has a place in your wardrobe year round (but you already knew this), and despite the hotter temperatures, summer is no exception. The light-wash denim styles that are synonymous with springtime make a great base layer for a foolproof summer outfit – especially when paired with a breezy white t-shirt and some Chuck Taylor ‘70s (or any other classic sneaker). Toby suggests going for a relaxed fit, especially when the weather is warmer, to avoid any uncomfortableness and remain feeling, well, relaxed.
Smarter shoes in summer can be tricky, but loafers are a choice that work throughout all warm-weather occasions: weddings, garden parties, that type of thing. Their slip-on design makes them a style that is akin to the comfort of a pair of sandals, just with that extra formality. So, if you need to follow a dress code, or if your personal style just leans a little smarter, make loafers your summer fling (one that makes it way past September).
Don’t be fooled by those balmy daytime temperatures – summer nights are often pretty chilly, and you don’t want to be caught out hiding a shiver once the sun sets. That’s why it’s best not to pack away your crewneck sweatshirts just yet. This time of year, wear yours with some lightweight shorts and a pair of casual, low-top trainers for the ultimate post-sunset in July outfit.
Mastering the art of layering is key during any season; for autumn winter, they help to add insulation, and in spring summer, they work well to add some contrast and interest to your look. The trick is sticking to a lightweight fabric like linen or seerkeeker, so you can confidently take your overshirt with you into the warmer months.
Much like the sweatshirt, your spring cardigans can come in really handy for the cooler evenings, or those not-so-sunny summer days. You can find cardigans in great summer-weight fabrications like linen or a cotton blend, making them a solid choice to use in place of an overshirt to add a little texture.
Words: Yasmine Kennedy
Photography: Jack Batchelor
Styling: Toby Standing