These Expensive-Looking H&M Buys Are Going to Dominate This Summer

After all these years, H&M is still one of our favourite high-street stores—not simply because it’s affordable and allows us to tap into the trends easily but also because the design team just knows how to nail a cult buy. Of course, as you know, here at Who What Wear UK, we like to fill our wardrobes with a mix of styles from across emerging and independent, vintage, second-hand and high-street brands, with a few designer investments in the mix. But when a seriously good H&M piece comes along that’s both on-trend and timelessly chic, we can’t help but get excited about it.  

Claire Wakeman wears a sellout embroidered dress from H&M. 

We’re all in agreement that H&M is having a particularly strong year when it comes to hero buys. It’s part of our job as editors to keep tabs on all the new-in sections, and with H&M, you can barely blink before its best items are sold out. The latest summer drop is full to the brim of classics like easy, pretty dresses, relaxed linens and elevated basics that promise to see us through everything the upcoming season has to throw at us. From far-off holidays and heatwaves in the office to laid-back weekends at home as well as the entire summer events calendar. 

Below, I’ve done the hard part for you and scrolled through the entire new-in collection to pull out the six strongest categories on H&M’s website right now and the 30 most expensive-looking buys. From my expert experience, I can quite confidently say these chic styles will dominate this summer thanks to their outfit-elevating qualities and no doubt sell out before the season even officially begins at the end of June. Keep scrolling, then, to see your complete H&M summer 2022 shopping guide, and add your favourites to basket to avoid any inevitable disappointment later on.

1. Easy Throw-On Dresses

Minimal effort, maximum impact. H&M has mastered the comfortable yet polished dress this season.

This joyful style works just as well with trainers as it does with heels. 

Perfect for wafting around on far-off beaches. 

You just can't beat a white summer dress. 

The embroidery detail on this makes it feel so luxe. 

A black minidress will see you through so many occasions. 

2. Summer Tailoring

From sleek blazers perfect for throwing over dresses on cooler summer evenings to wide-leg trousers for pairing with tank tops, this is some of the best affordable tailoring I've seen in a long time. 

I love these paired with a simple tank. 

These white wide-leg trousers work as a suit but could also be paired with sandals and a floaty shirt for a work or holiday evening look. 

Opt for cropped tailored trousers in summer. They pair so easily with sandals and heels. 

3. Relaxed Linen

The ideal fabric for staying cool but looking chic in the heat. 

These will replace your cosy tracksuit bottoms for summer. 

I love the colour of this linen co-ord. 

A neutral linen shirt will last you a lifetime. 

From holidays to warm weekends in the city, these trousers will no doubt work hard in your wardrobe. 

4.  Event Dresses

H&M has so many cute dresses for summer occasions, from weddings to garden parties. 

How pretty is the silhouette of this dress?

I just can't get enough of this tangerine colour this year. 

Perfect for garden parties, barbecues and weddings. 

The cut-outs are so chic on this dress. 

5. Elevated Classics

Simple wardrobe staples are what H&M has always done best. Opt for minimalist pieces in neutral colours, and they'll last way beyond this season. 

Pair this with denim shorts for a casual vibe or the coordinating trousers below for an office-friendlier outfit. 

The texture of this fabric looks so expensive. 

A simple LBD is an investment you'll never regret. 

I'm obsessed with this cute, comfortable dress. 

6. Summer Sandals

In this latest drop, there are luxe leather heeled sandals to wear with all your wedding guest dresses and chunkier slides to wear every day. 

I can't believe how expensive these heels look. 

Platform sandals will instantly bring your wardrobe into 2022. 

Pair these with dresses, jeans and relaxed trousers too. 

Such a pretty option for pairing with occasion dresses. 

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