When everyone's talking about autumn/winter trends, it can start to feel like the wrong time of year to still shop for sunny-weather staples, but savvy girls will know that the smartest time to trawl the digital rails is, in fact, right now. Why? There are tons of midseason sales on, meaning plenty of summer bargains still to be had; plus, some of our favourite brands have been dropping some seriously covetable collections into stores over the past few weeks (Zara, Topshop and H&M) that have all the makings of a cool wardrobe that will take you right through to the next season (and then into next summer again—cash back). Alongside those hero pieces, there are a few new-season investment buys that we predict will look every bit as chic right now as they will later with chunky knits and ankle boots.
From printed day dresses to perspex sunnies and embroidered kaftans, there are plenty of fresh additions in our edit to boost your wardrobe (and your mood). There's really never been a better time to shop.
Click through for our roundup of the best summer pieces to buy now.
Striped, pink and off the shoulder—there's nothing here we don't love.
No summer wardrobe is complete without showstopping sunnies, and Céline has it covered with this tortoiseshell pair.
There's no doubt about it. Nothing updates your wardrobe quicker than a standout bag, and this is top of our wish list.
Never a dull moment with these earrings.
Keep sun safe and look incredibly chic? Win-win, right?
Rust is the shade to be seen in right now, and the easiest way to work the trend is to slip into this sleek one-piece.
Polka dots are having something of a moment, and we think the easiest (and coolest) way to wear the trend is by snapping up this fun frock.
The silky bedtime slip that doubles up as a pretty cool day dress? Worth every penny.
It's the top of the moment, and it's still in stock.
Amp up your off-duty summer denim with the addition of these silky sliders.
Just when you thought you'd bagged all the best embroidered dresses, this amazing version comes along.
Looking for a new beach bag? Look no further.
Tuck this into high-rise chino shorts or wear it with a printed midi skirt and heels. This is your wear-with-everything sun top.
Make a statement for all the right reasons in this yellow smock-style sundress.
Perspex is hands down the coolest accessory trend of summer. Get your fix with this Prism pair.
We're wearing ours with kick-flare jeans.
We love the subtle lace-up detailing.
Think kaftans are boring? Think again.
This is the chicest summer workwear top.
Wear yours with a Breton tee, fine gold hoops and white trainers.
These are the coolest (and comfiest) summer party heels.
Wear now with a simple tee and shorts, and later, throw on over jeans with a fine knit and heels.
It's still in stock, but it's selling out fast. Get it before it goes.
Zandra Rhodes has teamed up with MatchesFashion.com to create Archive II, a collection of reproduced best selling pieces. Top of our wish list? This lipstick print jumpsuit.
Those new-season investment buys we mentioned? This is one of them. Wear now with summer sandals and later with boots and a khaki utility jacket.
Simply layer over a white T-shirt when the weather cools.
Because we're not bored of florals just yet.
No one will believe this is high street.
One for denim fans. Just add cropped, wide-leg white jeans and flats to finish.
Asymmetric, silky and coming in a chic scarf print—this is your go-to party piece.
One more pair of striped trousers? Why not?
One of the cutest floral tops we've seen this summer.
Missed out on the last showstopping dress from Rejina Pyo? You'll want to snap this one up fast.
This is the perfect wedding-guest option.
Another day, another achingly cool shirtdress from Zara.
The perfect workwear pick-me-up.
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