Best summer fashion 2022: 20 style staples for capsule wardrobe
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These are the 19 summer style staples that every insider has in their wardrobes

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Ride the heatwave out in style with this line-up of sartorial essentials, which will make summer dressing a breeze.

The Big Melt is finally here in all of its sweltering, head-in-the-fridge non-glory. Depending on how you’re viewing the current hot spell, the chances are you’re trying to compute how to exist/work/live in the soaring temperatures. While on the one hand, the heatwave has meant that our sun-deprived skins will finally no longer be pallid and vitamin D-neglected and our hands will once again be reunited with a glass of Aperol, it hasn’t all been plain sailing.

The return of something that resembles summer is something to be heralded by many, yet our attentions must once again be turned towards our tired and lacklustre summer wardrobes. After several summers of stop-and-start lockdowns, courtesy of the government’s omni-dithering, there’s a high chance you’re lacking a few key essentials to make getting dressed in the heat a breeze.

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Summer is about embracing bursts of bright and bold colours without ever veering away from all-important comfort.

Whether you’re opting for Hot Girl Summer, Cool Girl Summer or the newly coined, and my personal favourite, Feral Girl Summer, there is attention to be paid to our long-suffering wardrobes. When was the last time you invested in a show-stopping pair of shades? When was the last time you considered squeezing your toes into anything other than trainers, clogs or – gulp – maybe even Crocs? When was the last time you pondered what to wear in a temperature higher than 20°C? As I thought. 

Which is precisely why we decided that it’s time for a summer style refresh. Think back to school, but make it fashion and far less arduous and algebra-filled. In case the sun is blinding your vision and your sartorial clarity, we’ve rounded up the key items that every fashion insider has lining the inner sanctums of their seasonal wardrobes to take the stress out of summertime styling. You’re welcome.

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  • Veja Dekkan trainers

    Best summer fashion 2022: 20 style staples for capsule wardrobe
    Veja Dekkan trainers

    Wherever a style insider goes, a pair of Veja treads are sure to follow and that’s certainly true of these creamy chunky sneakers, which are perfect for a warm weather stroll in the park.

    Shop Veja Dekkan trainers, £145

  • Reformation Keaton dress

    Best summer fashion 2022: 20 style staples for capsule wardrobe
    Reformation Keaton dress

    Forget buying a legion of forgettable frocks and instead invest in quality over quantity. This punchy-toned mini is positively crying out for a spin in the sun.

    Shop Reformation Keaton dress, £248

  • More Joy fan

    Best summer fashion 2022: 20 style staples for capsule wardrobe
    More Joy fan

    The accessory of the summer season? Why, a fan of course. Keep the sticky heat at bay with Christopher Kane’s More Joy fan, which manages to be both fashionable and functional.

    Shop More Joy fan at Liberty London, £30

  • Catch Rhys The Twisted Chunky Hoops

    Best summer fashion 2022: 20 style staples for capsule wardrobe
    Catch Rhys The Twisted Chunky Hoops

    You’re only ever as stylish as the hoops that swing in your ear, regardless of the season. Opt for the best of the best in that case then with these solid gold hoops courtesy of east London label Catch Rhys.

    Shop Catch Rhys The Twisted Chunky Hoops, £140

  • St. Agni fine knit tank top

    Best summer fashion 2022: 20 style staples for capsule wardrobe
    St. Agni fine knit tank top

    Forget everything you thought you knew: the plain white T-shirt is dead, replaced now by its more streamlined sibling, the plain white tank top. A true forever classic in every fashion insider’s wardrobe.

    Shop St. Agni fine knit tank top at Browns Fashion, £135

  • Missoma x Le Specs Hydrus link oval sunglasses

    Best summer fashion 2022: 20 style staples for capsule wardrobe
    Missoma x Le Specs Hydrus link oval sunglasses

    Yes, you read that right: Missoma, the jewellery brand beloved for its bling, has debuted sunglasses just in time for summer. The London label has teamed up with cult sunnies brand Le Specs for a collection of shades that are too good to miss. We’ll take one of each to line our summer wardrobes, thank you very much.

    Shop Missoma x Le Specs Hydrus link oval sunglasses, £130

  • With Nothing Underneath boyfriend linen shirt

    Best summer fashion 2022: 20 style staples for capsule wardrobe
    With Nothing Underneath Boyfriend linen shirt

    Linen shirts are to summer what strawberries are to cream: a no-brainer. The style set wear theirs during the warmer months over baggy shorts with a wicker basket and potentially even a picnic in tow. 

    Shop With Nothing Underneath Boyfriend linen shirt, £100

  • Kurt Geiger Orson sandals

    Best summer fashion 2022: 20 style staples for capsule wardrobe
    Kurt Geiger Orson sandals

    Cool, chunky and comfortable, you say? Well, don’t mind if we do. It’s time to give those feet a bit of TLC before letting them shine in Kurt Geiger’s forever dad-inspired sandals.

    Shop Kurt Geiger Orson sandals, £159

  • You Swim Aplomb one-piece swimsuit

    Best summer fashion 2022: 20 style staples for capsule wardrobe
    You Swim Aplomb one-piece swimsuit

    The chameleon-esque qualities of a swimsuit in summer are two-fold: not only are they fantastic for a dip in the lido/sea/paddling pool, they can also just as seamlessly be tucked into shorts or a skirt for a tank top. Two birds, one stone.

    Shop You Swim Aplomb one-piece swimsuit, £126

  • Asos Design wide-leg linen trousers

    Best summer fashion 2022: 20 style staples for capsule wardrobe
    Asos Design wide-leg linen trousers

    Easy-breezy and the sort of forever trouser you’ll whip out of retirement time after time, invest in some linen flares and just watch as they effortlessly become the hardest-working member of your summer wardrobe. 

    Shop Asos Design wide-leg linen trousers, £30

  • Rogue Matilda Jessica bag

    Best summer fashion 2022: 20 style staples for capsule wardrobe
    Rogue Matilda Jessica bag

    Ah, the British seaside. For all of its faults, it’s pretty special to be able to nip to the coast and sit stationed on a towel with a beer in one hand, a book in another, and once the sun dips below the horizon, be able to throw everything into a stylish mega tote. This woven rainbow number is summer style personified.

    Shop Rogue Matilda Jessica bag, £70

  • Freedom Moses Angie slides

    Best summer fashion 2022: 20 style staples for capsule wardrobe
    Freedom Moses Angie slides

    Summer slides, but as you’ve never seen them before. Tel Aviv-based brand Freedom Moses is making the case for slides that are equal parts cool and comfortable, and frankly, we (and the rest of the fashion world) are sold. The best part? The brand will be dropping on Asos later this summer.

    Shop Freedom Moses Angie slides, £45

  • Martha Calvo Make Your Magic necklace

    Best summer fashion 2022: 20 style staples for capsule wardrobe
    Martha Calvo Make Your Magic necklace

    More-is-more jewellery is every fashion lover’s secret style weapon during the warmer months. Pile the loudest and most outré bling on and let it do all of the talking for you. 

    Shop Martha Calvo Make Your Magic necklace at Twiin Store, £115

  • Teva Hurricane Drift sandals

    Best summer fashion 2022: 20 style staples for capsule wardrobe
    Teva Hurricane Drift sandals

    Teva’s newly-released Hurricane Drift sandals have slowly but surely become this summer’s most hard-working shoe. We’ll be reaching for the lavender blue and blush pink shades as the cherry on top of the cake for all of our summer ensembles.

    Shop Teva Hurricane Drift sandals at Free People, £38

  • Cos straw sun hat

    Best summer fashion 2022: 20 style staples for capsule wardrobe
    Cos straw sun hat

    It’s hot, it’s balmy, it’s time for a sun hat (don’t shoot the messenger). Embrace this floppy nostalgic woven topper with a glass of Aperol in hand for optimal seasonal style points. 

    Shop Cos straw sun hat, £35

  • Ganni leopard linen canvas coat

    Best summer fashion 2022: 20 style staples for capsule wardrobe
    Ganni leopard linen canvas coat

    Linen coats are the perfect antidote to the slight summer breezes that tend to turn balmy days into chilly evenings. Weave some pattern into your warm weather wardrobe with Ganni’s animal-print linen number. 

    Shop Ganni leopard linen canvas coat, £265

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