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Get set for summer with transitional pieces that make light work of fickle weather. Snap up these purse-friendly pieces before everyone else

The easy shirt dress
It’s hip to be square this season, meaning that gingham, basket weave and oversized checks all score high on the trend barometer. This canvas-lined faux leather bag is ideal for meandering through street markets on holiday, but works for the city commute too. Style with a midi-length shirt dress and finish the look with lace-up espadrilles.

Chic wide-leg crops
The best trouser shape for summer, these sailor-inspired pants feature a fitted mid-rise waistband – ideal for neatly tucking folksy blouses into – and flattering ankle-grazing hems. Add punchy, colour-blocked accessories, such as this cylindrical cross-body bag, for maximum impact.


The floaty bohemian dress
Every wardrobe requires a fail-safe, wear-anywhere dress and this airy maroon midi gets our vote. The lightweight fabric combined with long, slightly gathered sleeves and keyhole fastening at the collar make it ideal for tackling both fickle weather and office air-conditioning woes.

The midi-length wrap skirt
Make summer outfitting a cinch with this waist-whittling wrap skirt. Ticking multiple trend boxes – ruffles, asymmetry and the colour yellow – it’s your wardrobe’s wisest bet for cost-per-wear success this season. Nod to Seventies resort style by tucking in a white linen shirt, or slip on over your swimsuit to move from beach to bar.


The vibrant knit
Knitwear, for summer? Yes, really – so long as you pick a cotton yarn in a poolside-appropriate shade. We love this papaya-coloured cable-knit and guarantee it will be the most stylish windbreak on the beach. Throw on over your swimwear for breezy days at the seaside, and don’t forget your wide-brimmed hat.

The essential vest top
No suitcase is complete without an assortment of throw-on sleeveless tops. Choose a linen blend for optimal breathability once temperatures rise and pair with everything from seersucker skirts to cropped jeans. This relaxed cut also comes in grey marl, ivory and blush so you can stock up on your new favourite style.


Editor: Dulcie Emerson / Photographer: Coliena Rentmeester / Stylist: Lauren T Franks / Hair stylist: Ben Cooke / Make-up artist: Silver Bramham

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