11 Classic Summer Items That Will Make Getting Dressed Easier

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Traditionally, the role of a fashion editor is all about reporting on newness and what you should be wearing in six months' time. However, in 2021, this way of talking about clothes is dated and simply unpractical for the way we live and are all trying to consume in a more mindful fashion. Now I write about classic items much more than I report on buzzy microtrends. As many of us are about to do a wardrobe switchover and are looking to fill gaps in our existing summer capsules, below I've listed 11 items that always make getting dressed easier in warmer months.

These are simple pieces that will form a useful foundation, and then you can layer brighter, more statement separates on top. First, you'll need sensible summer accessories, such as basket bags and leather sandals, as well as throw-on summer dresses, breezy button-down shirts and vest tops. Whatever your style, I'm confident that the 11 classics below will find a happy home in anyone's wardrobe this summer.

1. Classic Basket Bag

Loewe Paula's Ibiza Small Striped Straw and Leather Basket Bag ($680)

Loewe Paula's Ibiza Pochette Leather-Trimmed Woven Raffia Shoulder Bag (£475)

Arket Leather-Trimmed Open Straw Tote (£160)

2. Simple Dress

Endless Summer Ain't She a Beaut Midi Dress (£99)

Arket Tiered Cotton Dress (£89)

& Other Stories Puff Sleeve Jacquard Mini Dress (£95)

3. Leather Sandals

M&S Collection Leather Flatform Flip Flops (£35)

Arket Flatform Thong Sandals (£125)

Ancient Greek Sandals Clio Leather Sandals ($160)

4. Button-Down Shirt

Arket Oversized Linen Shirt (£69)

Caes Organic Cotton-Poplin Shirt (£225)

Monki Oversized Cotton Shirt (£30)

5. Black Swimsuit

Arket Square-Neck Swimsuit (£45)

Totême Positano Monogram-Print Swimsuit (£120)

Haight Juliana and Leila Bikini (£180)

6. Blazer

Arket Oversized Wool Hopsack Blazer (£135)

& Other Stories Relaxed Linen Blazer (£95)

Theory Casual Blazer in Good Linen (£395)

7. Vest Top

Weekday Stella Tank Top (£8)

Totême Espera Ribbed Stretch-Organic Cotton Jersey Tank (£85)

COS Fitted Vest Top (£12)

8. Light Jeans

B Sides Lasso Raw-Hem Deadstock-Denim Jeans (£385)

ACNE Studios Mece High-Rise Cropped Straight-Leg Jeans (£250)

Nasty Gal Seam Front Straight Leg Jeans (£28)

9. Floral Midi Dress

Ganni Ruched Floral-Print Silk-Blend Satin Midi Dress (£445)

Rixo Gwen Silk-Trimmed Printed Crepe Midi Dress (£275)

Faithfull the Brand Flora Floral-Print Cotton-Poplin Midi Dress (£210)

10. Shorts

Mango 100% Linen Shorts (£30)

Weekday Kama Sweat Shorts (£18)

COS Relaxed-Fit Shorts (£45)

11. Short-Sleeve Shirt

Matteau Fig Leaf-Print Silk-Crepe Short-Sleeved Shirt (£265)

& Other Stories Boxy Button Up Shirt (£55)

Arket Short-Sleeved Linen Shirt (£59)

Next up, see our guide to the key trends for spring/summer 2021.

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