11 Classic Summer Items That Will Make Getting Dressed Easier

Classic summer items: big Celine basket bag

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@_jessicaskye

Traditionally, the role of a fashion editor is all about reporting on newness and what you should be wearing in six months' time. However, in 2022, this way of talking about clothes is dated and simply unpractical for the way we live and are all trying to consume in a more mindful fashion. Now I write about classic items much more than I report on buzzy microtrends. As many of us are about to do a wardrobe switchover and are looking to fill gaps in our existing summer capsules, below I've listed 11 items that always make getting dressed easier in warmer months. 

These are simple pieces that will form a useful foundation, and then you can layer brighter, more statement separates on top. First, you'll need sensible summer accessories, such as basket bags and leather sandals, as well as throw-on summer dresses, breezy button-down shirts and vest tops. Whatever your style, I'm confident that the 11 classics below will find a happy home in anyone's wardrobe this summer. 

1. Classic Basket Bag

Classic summer items: big basket bag

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@smythsisters

The Celine and Loewe bags have been popular each year, but A.P.C. is another strong contender. 

2. Simple Dress

Classic summer items: white sundress, basket bag and sandals

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@thandimaq

Clean, classic and one to throw-on anytime during warm-weather days. Go for neutral shades of white, black and beige. 

All about that stretchy shirred waist.

3. Leather Sandals

Invest in great quality footwear and it'll last you past the year you buy it in. Quality over quantity is key with summer sandals. 

These winners are back in black, tan or cream.

The supportive back strap gets our full attenton.

4. Button-Down Shirt

Classic summer items: linen blue shirt and linen beige skirt

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@monikh

With a midi skirt like Monikh, white jeans or shorts, the classic shirt is a go-to that'll never fail.

5. Black Swimsuit

Classic summer items: Marissa Cox black swimsuit

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@ruerodier

If it isn't broke, why fix it? A black swimsuit should be in every summer capsule.

It's made from waste and recovered fishing nets.

6. Blazer

The common theme among blazer wearers is the fit, and it has to be oversized. No matter the colour detail or material, just make sure it looks slightly bigger than it should. 

7. Vest Top

Classic summer items: tank tops

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@basicstouch

Simple, yet so effective. You'll layer a vest top under every shirt, blazer or bomber this season. Or wear on its own just like you would a classic tee.

This will look great tucked into tailored trousers.

8. Light Jeans

Classic summer items: beige or white jeans

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@_jessicaskye

Because indigo blue can be stashed away until autumn–it's time for white and ecru to have their time to shine. 

The perfect length to show of great sandals. 

Try out the baggier jean trend while still sticking to summer classics. 

They're called 'favourite' for a reason.

9. Floral Midi Dress

Classic summer items: floral dress

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@abimarvel

A staple throughout spring/summer, this beauty will never let you down for any occasion–from park stroll to wedding-guest.

Orange and gold is our new favourite pairing. 

10. Shorts

Classic summer items: linen shorts

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@tylynnnguyen

When the temperatures rise, shorts are a must. The way to wear them this year is with a matching top and minimal accessories.

11. Short-Sleeve Shirt

Classic summer items: short-sleeve shirt

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@bellathomas

This Matteau shirt was key last year, and naturally sold out fast. If you were lucky enough to snap it up, you'll be wearing it on repeat once again. If not, there are loads of other styles to try for summer 2022. 

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