9 wardrobe staples you need to soak up the summer

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However you like to spend the summer months, H&M’s summer collection won’t leave you wanting…

There’s nothing nicer than long evenings stretching out towards 10pm, sleeping with the windows open, the heady mix of cut grass, barbecues and sun cream to make you wish the warmer months lasted all year round. 

For some of us, summer means stretching out on the best beaches. For others, it’s spending evenings after work dining al fresco. 

However you spend the warmer months, H&M’s summer collection has everything you need to feel like you’re on holiday, wherever you might be.

Here are the key items you’re going to need…

Winking straw bag

This is your bonafide Mary Poppins bag for a season that requires picnic blankets and umbrellas at the same time. 

It can carry everything or nothing (it looks good either way), and there’s space for a fiver to get lost at the bottom only to be found as you’re rummaging around for something else months later.

BUY NOW: Straw bag, £19.99

Blue off-the-shoulder dress

If you don’t like clingy material in the stickier months (and who can blame you), this off-the-shoulder dress is perfect. 

You can team it with almost anything to create your desired look, and it won’t look out of place. 

Wear with a pair of Converse and a shoulder bag for a relaxed vibe, or espadrilles and some chunky jewellery to dress it up for an evening watching the sun set.

BUY NOW: Off-the-shoulder dress, £19.99

Pompom earrings

Big earrings came back a few seasons ago and have shown no sign of going anywhere. 

Choose something light for the summer months such as these colourful felt pompoms to give a burst of colour to any outfit.

BUY NOW: Pompom earrings, £9.99

Mango sarong

Despite a correlation with a certain Beckham, sarongs are the easiest and chicest things to wear throughout the hot season, particularly if you’re near a body of water. 

Wrap it over your bikini as a dress or skirt to give the illusion of actually wearing clothes when you potter 30 yards from the beach to eat at the nearest restaurant. 

BUY NOW: Sarong, £4.99

Black cut-out bikini

Nobody wants a bikini that feels like it’s going to unfurl if you break into anything faster than a leisurely walk, so this is perfect. 

The top is flattering to all body types, and goes with pretty much anything.

BUY NOW: Bikini top and bottoms, both £3.99

Tropical print slides

From the palm prints in #inspo bathrooms to cacti on T-shirts, tropical print is here to stay. It’s about time you got your feet involved. 

If flip-flops aren’t your thing, or you’re looking for something a little more unique, these printed sandals slip on easily and won’t leave you with strappy tan lines garnered from other OTT summer footwear.

BUY NOW: Slides with a bow, £17.99

Blue & white jersey shorts

Team these shorts with a white T-shirt or a one-piece swimsuit and channel two trends in one – the Eighties and vertical stripes. Looking like an extra in a Wham! video has never been so chic.

BUY NOW: Slub jersey shorts, £8.99

White off-the-shoulder bardot top

White looks good on all skin tones, especially after some sun. An off-the-shoulder top is the perfect way to keep you cool in all senses of the word. 

BUY NOW: Off-the-shoulder top, £12.99

Straw ‘Promise me’ hat

Any straw hat instantly makes you look as if you’ve just stepped off a boat on the French Riviera. 

This one can be worn with anything in the collection, even if it’s just the bikini. Fall asleep under it in the park, or use it to stem the final rays of sunset by the beach.

BUY NOW: Straw hat, £9.99

Whatever your summer looks like, H&M caters to all your affordable summer needs