The seasonal wardrobe changeover can both excite and intimidate. On the one hand, it’s an excuse to go shopping—our favourite thing to do here at WWW—and it’s a chance to decide what sort of person it is that you really want to be this summer. But it can prove daunting when you’re trying to decide on a look that’s appropriate for the blistering heat and cool enough for a sweaty commute.
On top of that, reinventing your summer self can seem financially daunting. But contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually need an entire wardrobe of new garms to change up your summer style—you need a carefully edited selection of clothes. To be more precise, you just need to look to these seven key pieces. From trusty white jeans to strappy mules, scroll to see the must-have buys of your summer capsule wardrobe.
Introducing your new wear-with-anything wardrobe staple. White jeans will instantly refresh your look, adding a summery twist to any outfit. And they can take you through to autumn too—just add a heavier-weight jacket and a sweater. Buy now, wear forever. Who would have thought?
Forget the trench coat—a lightweight blazer is all you need in outerwear terms this season. Luckily there are so many available on the high street that will add a sophisticated edge to any everyday look. Search for neutral hues in cotton or linen fabrics that can be worn with a roll-neck come autumn and can keep you cool on warm days.
A white T-shirt will prove to be your best friend. Wear it with jeans or under a blazer, as it’s the most versatile piece in any wardrobe. Nothing screams laid-back summer style like a simple tee. Look for boxy cuts that are pure cotton—they look far more expensive than they actually are.
Summer doesn’t have to be about the floral dress. Plus, chances are every wardrobe has at least three of those already. And a quick scan of the shops will reveal that this season—it’s really about the easy linen dress. A lightweight, shirt-like maxi version that can be worn everywhere from the office to the beach is best. Did I mention they were super chic already?
Mules have soared in popularity over recent seasons, owing to the fact that it’s the perfect hybrid of a shoe, a boot and a sandal. Honestly, it really is one of the most practical styles out there. This summer is all about the strappy mule—one that looks to the ’90s in mood but with a more sophisticated air. It’s teenage us, but all grown up.
A basket bag doesn’t have to be a basket. After all, some of them are impractical for everyday—either too big (perfect for the beach), too small (perfect for evenings on vacay), or too pom-pom for the city (yes, it’s a thing). But there are a whole host of sophisticated basket-inspired bags out there—from the woven shopping-bag kind to structured wooden versions. Here are a few you can take to the office.