If the weather forecast is anything to go by, summer is just around the corner, which means it's time to finally dredge up those linen shirts, floaty frocks and chunky sandals that have been lying dormant in the back of our wardrobes for the last eight months. Scrolling through the new-in sections of our favourite high-street brands, it's clear that the less-is-more aesthetic is continuing into summer 2021, but that doesn't mean that we need to scrimp on feel-good dressing.
I'm particularly enjoying the throw-on, wearable silhouettes in an eclectic mix of beiges and brights offered up by the likes of Marks and Spencer, Arket and Mango this season. Think grass-green T-shirt dresses, perfectly tailored camel-coloured waistcoats, lilac blazers and chunky sandals in classic blacks, beiges and blues. I also recommend reaching for hard-wearing fabrics, such as linen, which will keep you cool, feel premium and look great for many seasons to come. M&S has plenty of winning linen buys in stock right now, as does Arket.
The other category at the top of my wish list is warm-weather-ready one-pieces, which are sure to save plenty of styling time in the morning. (See Mango's retro-inspired knit jumpsuit and loose-fit denim dungarees and M&S's fun leopard-print mini.) So whether you're just looking for some inspo to kick-start your summer outfits or a new piece to complete your capsule, scroll down to shop the best summer buys from M&S, Arket and Mango.
This season, Mango has really delivered on the expensive-feeling basics, as seen in the below beige shirt dress and its stylish accessories. I'll be wearing the brand's quilted sandals all summer long.
Arket sticks to its favourite formula of wearable tailoring and minimalist silhouettes this season. I recommend mixing things up with beige separates and the odd pop of colour via a blazer or scarf.
Marks and Spencer
As always, M&S is leading the charge with expensive-looking linen buys. From shirts and dresses to trousers and jackets, these pieces will keep you going all summer long and right into the autumn months. Just swap out sandals for boots.