There are hundreds of thousands of influencers in the social ether, but there are only a handful who we religiously stalk in order to virtually steal the clothes off their backs. Our primary target is Monikh—the London-based styling and shopping guru who seeks out the very coolest buys from every corner of the retail world. From her inspiring tips on rewearing her well-chosen investment items to hunting down the coolest high-street pieces, her Instagram feed, @monikh, and website are a veritable hotbed of things you’re going to want to purchase immediately (and will never regret). Each month, Monikh will share her new picks exclusively for you…
It’s July, and we’re finally seeing the summer that we’ve all needed! Could it officially be time to say goodbye to the April showers that plagued us at the beginning of the month? I saw a flock of autumn-clad dressers on the tube whilst I stood out like a sore thumb in my dress and sandals. I’m a hardcore sandal lover and will wear them no matter the weather.
Well, now with the forecast looking to warm up by the end of the week, I think it’s finally here: the summer of love! Time to get ready for barbecue days, full day-to-night madness and impromptu drinks with friends. So here I am to help you get that wardrobe ready.
Shop My July Picks
After the success of those Chanel dad sandals—I still wear mine with pride—Prada brought out its own version. Is it time for you to invest?
Jump straight into this look with minimal effort needed.
Is it time to bring back the leather mini? I think so! I wore mine most days in the summer of 2015, and I miss that look. Combined with chunky sandals and a silk top, it was summer day-to-night at its finest.
Effortless and chic. Style this dress with a silk slip underneath and a leather jacket on your shoulders.
I can’t stop thinking about a red-orange lipstick to wear with those beige looks for the evening, so I’m bringing back the old cult, Lady Danger.
I love her bags! There’s a new colourway/fabric to obsess over each season, and this time, it’s all about the raffia.
A print that screams summer.
It’s all about matching your nail polish to your lipstick.
Well done to ACNE for making a pair of crochet trousers that aren’t just for the beach. Throw on an oversize shirt or tee and simple flip-flops. These trousers are loud but in the subtlest way.
See My Shopping Picks From Previous Months
Keep scrolling to shop my hot-weather capsule.
This is so chic! Keep it super minimal. Basic hair and makeup, flat flip-flops and an oversized basket bag.
The other day I actually went out for dinner! Yes, I was out (kind of). I really struggled to find a fancy bag for a nighttime look but still casual enough to keep that laid-back vibe. I needed this.
Team with a crop top, T-shirt or oversized shirt.
I love the minimal vibe, love the fabric and love that it’s made to order. Mine is being made right now, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!
Thinking about upgrading your mini fan? Say hello to Ferns Fans.
There’s nothing worse than piling more makeup on in this hot weather, especially when you took so long getting that natural look. So when your skin starts shinning in a bad way, grab one of these blot sheets to absorb that extra oil. Much better than adding more powder.
I love the neutral tones because they will go with everything.
We all need a white, puff-sleeved dress in our wardrobes.
Okay, I can’t lie, my little sister got to this dress first. But there’s nothing wrong with a little twinning, plus that blue hue is just so cooling.
I adore the simplicity.
This open-collar shirt will double up as a light jacket when you're in the shade.
Our very own Joy has been rocking a waistcoat with oversized trousers, and I now need a waistcoat and oversized trousers.
The gladiator trend is back.
I’ve been thinking more about accessories this season, and I think the statement bangle might be the one for me.
Not ready for heels but need a little lift for all those outdoor plans you’ve made? Look no further than Castañer. These wedges are the most comfortable out there.
I have been looking all over the place for a chic pair of yellow sunglasses, and these from Taylor Morris do the job without being over the top.
After a year of squeezing all my belongings into the pockets of my puffer jacket, it’s time to get back to reality and grab something big enough for a full day and night of essentials.
I love a Rixo mask! Well if you have to wear one, why not make it a full-on accessory?
This dress is a completely seasonless staple. I bought it in black maybe three or four years ago, and I’ve been wearing it non-stop ever since!
Yellow is big this season, and I love how uplifting this sunshine tone is.
So effortless. Wear this with the Zara clogs and colourful jewels, the Loewe basket bag and last month’s khaki jacket.
Brighten up your room with sage covers, which are surprisingly uplifting.
I’m starting my micro-needling journey this week, and I can’t wait.
The boho vibe was a big theme for the S/S 21 runways, and it’s one trend I can’t wait to dive into. I’m always a huge fan of ’70s styling, and this new take on the style is even more relaxed. Think scarf prints with long, fluid layers and nothing tight, lots of fringing, crochet and, of course, embellished accessories. Heaven!
A piece to invest in now and wear a thousand times during the summer. Team now with an oversize cropped jumper. Roll up the hem and add pumps.
I’ve wanted to try a green polish for ages, and this just might be the perfect time.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who missed their local florists during lockdown. It really is amazing how a few fresh flowers can brighten up your home and your mood. So I’ll be stocking up on a few new vases for when they reopen. Big pots like these also look great without flowers in corners of rooms on the floor.
I love the mix of colours in this top by one of my favourite little secrets. Paloma Wool is full of quirky designs to uplift the most minimalist of wardrobes.