I Haven't Shopped All Year, But Mango's Summer Collection Just Changed My Mind

I like to plan out every aspect of my life, particularly what I'm going to be wearing for it, but lately, I've found myself struggling with my fashion identity. Postponed weddings, cancelled holidays and, let's face it, the lack of a social life means I've been shopping considerably less than I ordinarily would have been. 

It's my job as an editor to show you a considered and concise edit of the best pieces in fashion at any given time, and I love that challenge. However, right now, I'm increasingly indecisive about what to buy for myself. So much so I've barely added anything new to my wardrobe this year. I need an intervention—something to help me reignite my passion for getting dressed (in something other than leggings and a sweatshirt, at the very least). Or should I say needed, for, somewhat serendipitously, I've just happened upon a newly landed high-street collection that's so impressive I think it just might be the thing to break me out of my style rut. 

While scrolling through Mango's new-in section today, I had a huge smile on my face. Its summer collection has only just trickled onto the website, and there are enough prints, cool detailing and breathtaking colours to do the trick. It's a bona fide feast for the eyes, completely refreshing and—rejoice!—packed full of things I actually want to wear this season. 

Mango Summer Collection: The collection boasts a joyful colour palette

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Mango absolutely got the joyful-dressing memo we've been talking about here at Who What Wear. I think I speak for us all when I say we want to be excited about fashion again, and that's precisely how I felt scrolling through its brand-new clothing and accessories, with psychedelic prints in ultra-bright hues splashed upon everything from dresses and trousers to bags and hats. I suggest making "more is more" your mantra for the rest of 2021 at least. Then there are dresses—dresses so great I honestly can't choose between them. Nor do I intend to. And shoes, glorious shoes! With everything from thin, wraparound strap sandals to nostalgia-inducing clogs, Mango has ticked off every notable footwear trend going. 

Indeed, it's something of a contrast from its previous palette of neutral tones. That said, if you're a minimalist at heart, rest assured Mango hasn't forgotten about you. At the top of my wish list, you'll find a black, full-skirted midi with a covetable tie-waist detail as well as a top to match, the perfect pair of wide-leg jeans, and beige drawstring shorts made to be worn with oversized linen shirting. Together with the more directional pieces, Mango's latest collection effortlessly navigates between wardrobe timelessness and being at the forefront of the trends—and that's no small feat. 

However you choose to interpret Mango's new aesthetic, it's guaranteed to make getting dressed way more fun. Scroll below for a healthy dose of outfit inspiration from Mango's summer 2021 campaign, and then continue on to shop my edit of the very best pieces. 

Mango Summer Collection: Trending crochet also makes an appearance

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Crochet is back on the summertime style agenda, and Mango is serving up some irresistible options. 

Stop crochet pieces from looking too twee by wearing them with ripped denim or, for more throwback appeal, tan suede. 

Mango Summer Collection: We're calling it—this dress is going to sell out, fast.

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I'm calling it—this dress is going to sell out fast. 

These are totally timeless. You'll never regret investing in a pair of straight-leg jeans. There's something so summery about this light wash, too. 

Mango Summer Collection: This blue cut-out jumpsuit is guaranteed to earn you compliments.

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This blue cutout two-piece is guaranteed to earn you compliments. 

Mango Summer Collection: Printed trousers will never fail to make a style statement

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I don't know what I'm more obsessed with—the donkey or the trousers. You know what? I think it's the entire vibe. 

Of course, you'll want to snap up the matching trousers for good sartorial measure. 

Mango Summer Collection: for the minimalists amongst you, there's plenty of sleek black pieces to choose from, too.

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For the minimalists among you, there's plenty of sleek black pieces to choose from too. 

I don't wear a lot of top-to-toe black, but there's something so premium about this cutout dress. I have to have it. 

Mango Summer Collection: Mango's take on '70s florals is one of the best we've seen.

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Mango's take on '70s florals is one of the best I've seen. 

Mango Summer Collection: The collection features so many on-trend printed shirts

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Short-sleeve shirts are a microtrend that's having a big moment right now—invest accordingly. 

As I said above, I don't think I've seen retro '70s prints done so well on the high street as they have been done here. Even with my trained eye, I'd almost think this was vintage. 

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At first glance, I honestly thought this was designer, and I have a hunch everyone else will think so when you wear it, too. 

This is the first thing from Mango's summer collection that I'll be adding to my basket. It's just so good. 

Pink dresses never stick around long, and I just know this one is going to fly. 

Bucket hats are trending this summer—never before have they looked so pretty than in weathered pastels. 

Such a beautiful colour, and with exquisite detailing to boot.

Wide-leg jeans are this season's need-to-know denim style. From the cut to the colour, I like everything about this pair. 

Remember gladiator sandals? This year, they've had a minimal update with thin straps, padded soles and knotted details.  

Thin straps never fail to look expensive—coupled with this print, this will be an influencer hit. 

That's right. Knitted polos are still going strong. I can see fashion types wearing this one undone with a bra top underneath. 

The ideal addition to your favourite tan sandals and a simple white T-shirt. 

Who needs a holiday? I'll be wearing this straw hat with oversized linen shirting and a denim skirt on home soil. 

Of course, I'll be wearing this with the coordinating hat above, as well as the jeans below. 

Yes, short-and-shirts co-ords are a thing this summer. And yes, I want to wear them.

Let's make it a pastel-floral hat trick with the hat, the shirt and the bag. 

The batwing sleeves, the contrasting waistline, the knitted texture—this dress embodies everything I love about '70s styling. 

Although clogs are somewhat divisive, I have a real soft spot for them. Trust me—this beige pair will blend in more seamlessly with your wardrobe than you think. 

Another could-be-designer dress from Mango's summer collection that's worked its way onto my wish list. I'll be wearing it with metallic sandals and an oversized clutch for all those backdated weddings I have in the pipeline. 

A mini length, gorgeous colour palette and a pretty floral print—this is summer 2021 in a dress. 

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