For as long as I can remember, I’ve been an avid list writer. I pen everything from my wants and desires to daily pursuits and nonsensical rambles on my notes page. The same sentiment has trickled into my fashion-buying process. For August, I carry out an inventory or shopping guide. I access the gaps in my wardrobe, jot down my most coveted pieces and unearth clothes from storage ahead of the upcoming season.
I’m a conscious shopper, which can be quite nuanced when writing about fashion. One of the perks of my job is accessing the comings and goings of trends. Although I’m fortunate to bear witness to some stunning releases, it’s made me even more discerning about new purchases. Some years ago, I made a vow that I’d only invest in pieces I know I’ll wear forever, so shopping is a careful, considered and ruthless process of what I’m likely to wear in five to 10 years and beyond.
Not only is August my birthday month, but it’s also a special time of year, as the junction signifies the melting point of the seasons. It’s where the weather is most pleasant, but autumn feels like it’s just on the horizon, and Christmas is a quiet hum in the background.
Coming into August, accessory drops are hotter than ever.
My favourite pieces in August tend to be dresses, preferably with a puff sleeve, which has become an essential part of my uniform. Midi dresses are my most-worn style throughout the year. Dôen, in particular, executes the whimsical cottagecore aesthetic that best describes my style. However, I’ve also been intrigued by the new shapes available this season, as they have a timeless appeal—from bandeau silhouettes to sculpting shirred-panel waists on dresses.
Accessories are worth mentioning, and my, have we been spoilt with options. For the first time in a while, I’m excited about the intriguing shapes and textures on offer. Organic-shaped jewels have taken preference, dented studs with dangling pearls are becoming highly sought-after, and belts that were once lacklustre are now a star feature on outfits.
I’ve also fallen for the sunken hobo bag that was made famous in the early 2000s and the soft curvature that fits perfectly in the nook of the underarm. Oh, and slip-on mules for the comfort factor and, of course, Parisian appeal.
Suffice to say it seems August is my month in many ways. Here are 35 of the pieces that I feel most excited about ahead. If, like me, you're obsessed with traditionally "girly" styles, use this as your very own shopping guide for August.
Shop My August Shopping Edit
Dôen dresses have a special place in my heart. This newly released design is a whimsical shape in a broderie anglaise fabrication. Cottagecore is very much alive.
To be honest, I'm in love with everything on Arkitaip this season, but if I had to pick a favourite, it would be this sage-green beauty. I adore the gathered-bust detail and wide, exposed back. I have this in mind for my cousin's upcoming nuptials. With the addition of an updo and gemstone mules, I think it could make one of my favourite occasion looks to date.
A shirt dress is a wardrobe staple, but this isn't just any old shirt dress. It has many desirable features, such as the faint pinstripe and the obi-style belt to pull in the waist. I'm also a fan of buttonless shirt dresses, as they feel less fussy.
Drop-hoop earrings are part of my uniform. This double-drop feature is even more striking than the typical single-pearl style.
My top two Tove wish-list items are the cult favourite Ceres dress and this year's Lauryn Dress. Just look at the darling buttermilk colour, structured bodice and pleated busier. There are too many features to name. I'm in love. Keep your eyes peeled, as the brand may be restocking it soon!