Like most people at the moment, I am being very cautious with my spending and certainly don't want within my role as a fashion editor to promote buying anything throwaway or needless (for both financial and sustainable reasons).
With every story I write, I'm always looking to feature items that have longevity and will outlive the rapid trend cycle that can make certain items dated after mere months. For summer, there are a few basics in particular that I would like to add to my own wardrobe, as they are timeless but not so plain that they could be considered boring.
They are also all practical and things you can wear at home, on a balcony or in the garden and not feel too dressed up when you have nowhere to technically go. Personally, I keep wearing linen shirts, comfortable shorts and throw-on dresses for my walks around my corner of London. If you feel you might be missing some summer basics in your wardrobe, and are struggling to know what to wear in this heatwave, keep scrolling for the nine practical items you can rely on year after year (whether it's a lockdown summer or not).