28 Winning Summer Basics From Marks and Spencer, COS, Arket and Weekday

For ease, I stick to a pretty minimalist style. Good basics that work hard in my wardrobe and are complimented by interesting colour combinations, hints of print and texture, and often a stand-out handbag. This means that my wardrobe revolves very much around staple pieces. With summer on the way I've taken note of the pieces I rely on for warmer days. T-shirts, jeans and tanks tops are the backbone of easy dressing, and I'm definitely  always on the hunt for basic pieces to build my personal style around. 

Affordable summer basics



In my experience, there are a handful of high street stores that particularly excel in the art of the summer basic. With so many exciting trends around it's good to have foundation pieces that compliment changing trends, and stand the test of time. Arket, COS, Marks and Spencer and Weekday sit at the top of my priority list for finding these hardworking staples, and considering the minimalist credentials of a number of these brands, it's probably no surprise that they know how to keep it simple. 

First and foremost, Arket is my go-to for a good white tee that is the hardest working piece in my wardrobe. COS is another brand that excels in the art of the perfect tee, something that has also manifested in its T-shirt dresses, which I'm promptly adding to my wishlist. Reliable M&S is all about the summer linen, whether you're looking for shorts, a midi dress or a jumpsuit. And let's not forget the utilitarian appeal of Weekday, a brand that knows how to deliver clean-lined denim design. So, if you're looking to update your summer basics this season, scroll down to shop my definitive edit. 

1. Arket

Stripes are always a staple piece. 

The barrel-leg style is everywhere right now. 

Restocked for another year, these sandals have proved they are a timeless staple. 

This white tee is my bi-weekly go to. 

This light wash denim is perfect for summer. 

Arket has some of my favourite tailoring pieces. 

These linen trousers are light and airy for summer days. 

2. COS

Wear as a loose oversized shape, or carve out your figure with a belt. 

Classic black sunglasses are a staple all year round. 

This slim fit tee is the perfect companion for bold, wide-leg trousers. 

The oversized shape creates a relaxed silhouette. 

Platform slides are easy, stylish and mostly comfortable. 

This dark green colour works on every skin tone. 

Basics don't have to be boring. 

4. M&S

A light layer to finish all your summer looks. 

These look much more expensive than they are. 

This linen midi skirt will can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. 

Classic tailoring is just as relevant in summer as any other season. 

M&S has classic pieces that you can buy now and wear forever. 

A jumpsuit is perfect for a stylish look without much effort. 

Utility style adds a relaxed feel to any look. 

3. Weekday

Though it may not seem summery, a cosy sweatshirt is necessary for cooler evenings. 

Weekday makes great jeans and these are a personal favourite. 

This timeless style is a must-have for sunny summer days. 

An essential for easy summer days are the humble sweatshorts. 

A tank top is the most underrated piece in your wardrobe. Add jeans and some jewellery and you're ready to go. 

The back of this dress is anything but basic. 

Denim remains relevant all year round. Invest in a great pair of denim shorts that you'll be wearing year after year. 

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