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Discover how we’re wearing our latest drop of wear-forever wardrobe foundations

The linen shirt

Your summer capsule wardrobe should be built around hardworking pieces you can rely on to see you through every eventuality, from work to summer holidays and busy warm weekends. That’s where our M&S Icons come in: a range of wardrobe foundations you’ll wear now and forever. No summer capsule wardrobe is complete with a classic white shirt. Made from linen and cut in a relaxed fit, this oversized shirt will keep you looking and feeling cool all summer long.

There’s a million ways to wear an oversized white shirt – it's about to become one of your most worn pieces. Style with matching white trousers for a relaxed look that feels elegant and put together. Wear with wide-leg jeans on summer weekends, whether you’re heading to the park with little ones or running errands. A white shirt also works brilliantly as a chic beach cover up. Simply throw over your favourite swimwear, add some sunglasses and make the most of sunshine filled days.

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The must-have bikini

No summer capsule wardrobe is complete without confidence boosting swimwear. Our must-have bikini has everything you’re looking for: a super flattering fit, Sun Smart technology to protect your skin from the sun, and a chlorine resistant finish to keep it looking new for longer. The longline shape and matching high waisted bottoms create a classic shape that’s universally flattering.

We’ve got everything you need for a sunny summer holiday at M&S, so don’t forget to visit our Holiday Shop before you start packing. We’ll be wearing the must-have bikini with either the white linen shirt over the top or this statement midaxi cover-up when we’re going from beach to bar.

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The denim midi skirt

Denim skirts are a wardrobe must-have this summer and for good reason. A denim midi skirt offers all the relaxed cool of your favourite pair of jeans, but feels a bit more polished and is therefore perfect for slightly dressier occasions. Our denim midi-skirt has been designed with added stretch, so it moves with you and will stay comfy all day long. Plus, it’s made from responsibly sourced cotton and has a flattering high waist fit.

For an on-trend double denim look, try pairing the denim midi skirt with a denim shirt. Break up the denim and create a cinched in silhouette by adding a black waist belt. Finish the look with chunky sandals or strappy heels. If double denim isn’t for you, try tucking the white linen shirt into the skirt for an effortlessly cool summer outfit. You could also pair the denim skirt with a graphic t-shirt, like this slogan t-shirt, and white trainers for a more casual take that’s perfect for weekends. And for even more tips and tricks on how to wear a denim midi skirt, check out our styling guide.

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The parachute trousers

A great pair of trousers always deserve a place in your capsule wardrobe, come rain or shine. This summer we’re coveting utilitarian cargo trousers, the perfect combination of chic and cool. Top of our wish list is these parachute trousers, which are made from a modal-rich fabric and have a flattering fit. A high waist and relaxed fit through the leg elongate your silhouette: yes please.

What we love most about these parachute trousers is the adjustable silhouette: wear tied at the bottom for a retro look or wear open if you prefer a wide leg style. Dress them up or down, depending on what’s in your diary. Wear the parachute trousers with a sleek black vest and strappy heels for a modern evening look. Swap the vest for a white shirt and you’ve got an easy office outfit. We also love the parachute trousers worn with a t-shirt and sandals for easy off-duty summer style.

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Words: Emily Sutherland

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