I like shopping in the autumn and the spring, but most of all, I like shopping in the summer. There's just something so pleasing about being able to put on whatever takes your fancy, as opposed to meticulously tracking the Weather app and working out just how many woollen layers you can fit underneath your coat. Instead, I'm very much here for the days of open-toed shoes, linen shirting, raffia accessories and wafty dresses. Which is handy, as it seems the shops are, too.
Nicole Ocran wears a green suit and yellow bag from John Lewis & Partners.
Look at any new-in section and you'll that summer has indeed arrived, though there are three stores that are leading the warm-weather charge—& Other Stories, Arket and John Lewis & Partners. Different they may be, they share a few similarities; excellent use of colour for one, an emphasis on cut another. Throw in breathable fabrics and you've got yourself a near-perfect summer wardrobe. To save you precious time, we've whittled down the 10 best pieces you need to see from each store. From silky slips and elegant skirts, to statement swimwear and fine jewels, keep scrolling to see and shop our wish lists from & Other Stories, Arket and John Lewis and Partners.