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Must-have summer 2021 items
With summer on the way, it's time to think about your capsule wardrobe for the warmer weather. A capsule wardrobe includes a handful of essential, staple items that can be paired together and re-worn in a number of ways. This is an efficient way to organize your clothing that is also cost-effective.
While trends change, there are some key pieces of timeless summer clothing that will never go out of fashion. Here are some of the must-have garments for your summer wardrobe, along with some contemporary pieces from this year's catwalks.
The maxi dress is the ultimate summer staple. Flowy and flattering, it is the ideal comfort choice for those sunny days, but it doesn't compromise on style. A maxi dress can be styled up or down with ease. For a casual look, team it with sandals or sneakers. If you want to glam it up, opt for heels and glitzy accessories. Floral maxis are a perfect choice for summer, but this year, pastel shades and yellow/camel hues are in style, so try to work with those to create a contemporary twist on a timeless classic.
Cropped pants are a lighter alternative to denim shorts or jeans in the summer months. They can be wide-legged or tailored depending on your personal preference, but whatever the style, they always create a flattering silhouette that can be worn with a simple tee or something fancier for an evening look. Linen pants are a great choice because their natural fibers conduct heat and are moisture-wicking to help you keep cool on those hot days. Linen is also three times stronger than cotton, so it's a durable choice that will see you through many summers.
Denim is a durable and timeless choice all year-round, but during the warmer months, it is best to try to opt for lighter shades of denim to keep looking fresh and in-season. White jeans paired with a bright top work perfectly for a relaxed evening out. Stonewashed denim shorts are an ultimate summer staple that can be worn any time, any place and with anything! With oversized boyfriend jackets featuring on catwalks for this spring/summer, perhaps you could look for an oversized denim jacket to really nail the trend.
Is it even summer if you don't have at least one piece of white cotton hanging in your capsule wardrobe? The practical perks of white cotton in the summer months are that it reflects light, which keeps us cool, and the natural fibers make it light, airy and non-sticking. This, along with the simple, classic brightness, makes white cotton one of the most popular, timeless summer staples. Whether you opt for a cotton dress, cami or tee, such as this Soho White Organic Cotton T-Shirt, make sure you have at least one piece of white cotton in your wardrobe this summer for comfortable and effortless style.
Summer sandals, sliders and sneaks
In theory, the only footwear you should need during the warm, dry months are sandals, sliders and sneakers. Sandals come in many forms - some athletic, some more fashion-oriented - but whichever style you opt for, try to make sure that they offer some support in the sole and straps around the ankles if you intend to do any significant walking in them.
Sliders are an inexpensive and convenient option for slipping on around the yard or by the poolside but offer little to no tread or support, so they aren't really cut out for long walks. Sneakers come in many guises. Perhaps you favor the latest sporty brands or maybe retro court shoes are more your style. In general, you can never go wrong with a simple, white sneaker in summer, which can be paired effortlessly with denim shorts, floaty dresses and most other summer clothing.
When the sun goes down, you might find yourself needing a light extra layer. Cashmere is your friend here. Super soft, light, moisture-wicking and with anti-wrinkle properties, a light cashmere sweater or cardigan is a great choice for those summer nights.
You can't go wrong with dramatic, oversized accessories. Not only do they exude Hollywood glamour, but they shield you from the dangers of the sun's harmful UV rays on those long days spent outdoors. Wide-brimmed sun hats are elegant and chic, while oversized sunglasses protect the eyes and make you more comfortable. The ultimate combination of function and style, you'll make great use of these accessories over many summers.