25 Easy-to-Style Basics to Add to Your Wardrobe This Summer

The evenings are lighter, the commute is muggier, and we're leaving our coats at home, which can only mean one thing: Summer is officially on the horizon. This signifies the start of al-fresco socialising and packing our bags for a well-earned trip abroad, and it also means we finally get to wear the summer outfits we've been dreaming about all year. Consider this the sign you've been waiting for to retire those cashmere knits and step into holiday mode. And it just so happens that we've found the perfect shop to refresh your summer wardrobe.

Free People is one of our favourite high-street stores because of its well-curated range of free-spirited and affordable cult buys and its anti-trend-led design. As shoppers who look for an eclectic mix of styles from second-hand, high-street and independent brands, we love Free People's individual take on design. Each piece feels like an unearthed treasure and a nod to the brand's bohemian boutique heritage.

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When it comes to summer, there's nothing better than floaty dresses, light shirts and mini hemlines—all things that Free People has got down to a (best-selling) T, and its latest drop is full of exciting pieces you won't want to miss. Think linen maxis, outfit-perfecting sunnies and some particularly good cotton co-ords that we're already obsessed with. But act quickly, as these are sure to be snapped up faster than you can say "beach day."

Keep scrolling to see our favourite picks from the vacation edit, including everything you need for a very stylish summer.

The Boho Maxi Dress

Minimal fuss but maximum impact, the floor-skimming maxi dress is the lightest, breeziest thing to throw on when a heatwave hits.

It's all about the intricate back detailing on this ethereal, billowy dress. 

How to channel the cut-out trend without baring too much skin. 

A tiered, comfortable and lightweight maxi with sleeves? This is one of the brand's top-selling styles for a reason. 

This one is already an influencer favourite, so expect to see it again and again this summer. 

The Oversized Shirt

An oversized shirt has all of the best bits of your favourite shirt, but it's a little more relaxed. Wear loosely over swimwear straight out of the pool or tucked into shorts for a summer day in the city.

A slouchy-fit and semi-sheer shirt for when clingy jersey just won't cut it. 

The length of this shirt makes it a two-in-one. Either wear it on its own as a minidress or open as a longline shirt. 

A slightly thicker option to layer up once the sun sets. 

The Instant-Outfit Set

There's no need to comb through your wardrobe wondering what to pair with what, as these co-ordinated sets make outfit planning that much easier.

Waistcoats are everywhere, and we love this warm-weather option. 

An adorable baby-doll shape that could easily be dressed up with a blazer and heels. 

Stripes! Stripes! Stripes! More is more with this eye-catching print. 

If you can picture this set as your weekend go-to for picnics in the park or even exploring the city on holiday, add it to your basket now. 

The Perfect Summer Shorts

With high hemlines and even higher waists, the ideal summer shorts are a flattering high-rise cut, making them the best accompaniment to a bikini top.

There is something unmistakably retro about the candy stripes and trimmed hem.

These are effortlessly easy, and they even have pockets. 

Remember cabincore? It just got a summer update. 

The Statement Sandals

These are the shoes to be seen in. Colourful, comfortable and fashion forward, these sandals are so good you'll forget about the humble flip-flop. 

Leather thong sandals are still an It girl's go-to for a practical (but expensive-looking) flat. 

This distinctive design is guaranteed to invite compliments. 

The "Wear All Summer" One-Piece

Sure, they look good alone, but these swimsuits are just as good as daywear under trousers, skirts and shorts. 

Although it comes in 10 colourful shades from zesty orange to sky blue, we love this fun, bubblegum pink. 

A classic silhouette reimagined in metallic stretch fabric. Shine on. 

Speaking of classics, this ruched one-piece has all of the hallmarks of a wear-forever swimsuit: neutral colour, adjustable fit, and no fussy straps, ties or clasps to contend with.

The Finishing Touch: Noteworthy Accessories

All of the colourways are so good. It's impossible to choose just one.

This manages to cross both the headscarf and crochet trends in one cute buy. 

Life always looks better through rose-tinted glasses (well, in this case, golden honey). 

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