When it comes to making a new purchase, I always try to think about its potential for longevity. Will this item stand the test of time? Will I still like and want to wear it in a year? Two years? Five years?
In my time, there are many items I've added to cart that have subsequently failed that test and simply become ghosts of checkouts past. However, over the years, I've learned that there are three summer patterns that will never fail the timeless test, as summer after summer, I find myself gravitating toward polka dots, stripes and gingham.
From T-shirts to swimwear, summer dresses to shorts, these three patterns are so classic they can adorn any one of your favourite wardrobe items and give the piece an instantly classic feel. I've personally had the same (quality) striped tee in my closet for almost a decade and wear it as a part of my usual rotation still today. Same goes with a gingham skirt I bought on sale, which has easily become the key item in my closet with the lowest price per wear.
If you're looking for a few investment pieces that will make a statement, you can't go wrong with gingham, stripes and polka dots for summer. Keep scrolling to see and shop the patterns below.
Shop the print:
Rixo Gingham Dress (£265)
H&M Cropped Lyocell-Blend Top (£30)
& Other Stories Voluminous Puff Sleeve Midi Dress (£95)
Belize Louisa Gingham Cotton-Blend Midi Dress (£300)
Topshop Blue Gingham Yoke Dobby Top (£29)
Shop the pattern:
Saks Potts White Polka-Dot Jersey Trousers (£175)
Dorothy Perkins Blush Spot Print Strappy Pleat Midi Dress (£36)
Faithfull the Brand Mona Ruffled Polka-Dot Crepe Top (£63)
Mango Polka Dots Midi Skirt (£18)
Ganni Polka-Dot Cotton-Poplin Shorts (£80)
Shop the pattern:
Three Graces Cosette Striped Seersucker Maxi Dress (£530)
& Other Stories Striped Viscose T-Shirt ($17)
Cefinn Striped Cotton-Poplin Shirt Dress (£290)
Altuzarra Scrimshaw Fringed Striped Lyocell-Blend Crepe De Chine Skirt (£255)
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