I Just Found My Entire Summer Capsule at This One High Street Store

Is it just me or does anyone else find shopping overwhelming? As an experienced fashion editor, I should probably be a dab hand by now— but since I spend all day every say scrolling through new-in sections, it’s an occupational hazard to be completely spoiled for choice. That’s why each season I usually end up just focusing on a handful of my favourite brands and stocking up on chic basics that I know will all work together— with the odd investment dress, accessory or vintage find thrown in for good measure. 

When I began browsing recently to bring my summer capsule collection up to date, there was one clear brand that jumped out at me for having the best edit of expensive-looking pieces: COS. A high street favourite of the Who What Wear UK team and one of my long time go-tos for minimalist classics, this summer I must say they’ve truly excelled themselves. With plenty of linen staples, versatile basics and gorgeous dresses for events as well as everyday, I'd honestly be happy shopping only from there this season. It’s hardly surprising, then, that myself and so many of my fellow editors have been stocking up on hero pieces from the new collection recently. 

I managed to edit my wish list down and placed an order of a few key items I’d had my eye on to really elevate my existing summer wardrobe of flowery dresses and denim shorts— and they didn't disappoint. Keep scrolling to see the pieces I’m keeping (and can wholly recommend after trying), and how I’ll be styling them in lots of different ways together this summer…

1. Gathered Midi Dress

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This dress is perfect for the office or meetings with flats, but I also plan on wearing it with heeled sandals for a wedding. 

2. Linen Shirt + Linen Trousers + Tank Top

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A co-ord is such an easy way to look put-together— this relaxed linen set is also 10/10 for comfort and the linen is really great quality. 

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These trousers work on their own with a simple tank top on warmer days too. 

3. Linen Trousers + Waistcoat + Tank Top

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I've been searching for a waistcoat to add to my capsule wardrobe for a while now and this one fits the bill perfectly. I'll layer it up with shirts in the cooler months but for now it works as a smarter alternative to a tank top or a chic addition over the top.

4. Tank Top + Wide Leg Trousers

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You can't go wrong with a wide-leg trouser and tank top combination for looking smart in summer. This vest is a really nice thick material that keeps it feeling polished despite having skin on show. 

5. Waistcoat + Wide Leg Trousers

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Tonal relaxed tailoring always looks expensive.  

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