It's that time of year again where we put the oversized sweaters away and bring out those flouncy summer dresses as we get together the staples that will make up our 2021 summer wardrobe. In case you were lost about what you need for your everyday looks this season, we've put together a list of some outfit must-haves.

Birkenstocks

These practical German sandals may not be what you immediately think of when in comes to a chic summer wardrobe, but they easily add a cool, casual flair to any outfit while being the perfect footwear to keep your feet cool while doing the gardening. And if we've learnt anything from the past year and a bit, it's how to garden.

Denim jacket

Denim sales are soaring back up now that social prospects are looking brighter, with people getting back into their jeans with... well, trepidation in all honesty. But it's not just jeans that are making a comeback, denim jackets are also very much in vogue right now and they make the perfect shield against those chilly English breezes.

Maxi dress in bold colour

We don't want to see another dull colour again after the bleakest year of our lives; it's time to celebrate life getting back to normal by going for brights. Honestly, adding in a few bright colours to your look will automatically lift your mood.

Floral dress

Meanwhile, our daily hour-long walks have given us a fresh appreciation of nature, so we want to reflect that in our summer wardrobes. Florals and girly trims are always pretty, and the great thing about a flowery frock is you can team them with the most casual of jackets and footwear and still look ultra feminine.

Khaki linen trousers

Comfortable, easy to clean, cool and they'll go with pretty much anything. When you're not a dress person or it's just not practical to have your legs out, these loose trousers are the perfect thing. Plus, being so loose and comfortable, it's a wonderful transition from the loungewear you've been living in.

White cotton shirt

The ultimate capsule wardrobe staple for anyone, the white shirt is an all-rounder. Pair with tailored trousers for work, a mini skirt and heels for evenings out, shorts and boots for day-time... There's really nothing this item isn't good for! Well, apart from messy play with the kids...

Straight leg jeans

In cooler climates, shorts and a T-shirt just won't do. A good pair of jeans will always be your friend on the days where the temperature drops, but opt for a straight leg rather than skinnies because we are finally over the seams splitting whenever we eat pizza.

Flattering swimsuit

The one-piece is the chic way to swim (or sunbathe), so you don't have to worry about getting that "bikini body". Make sure you test out a few shapes to get the right fit for your body type, and don't shy away from a sexy cut-out.

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Tie dye T-shirt

Honestly, we didn't think we'd ever wear tie-dye again after making our own T-shirts at school. But it seems the world has fallen back in love with the whimsical hippy style, and a tie-dye top is a brilliant way to add a splash of colour to your wardrobe.


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