Grece Ghanem wearing a blue COS dress.
As life slowly returns to normal, pubs and restaurants reopen and international travel begins to look like an option again for some this year, I'm finding myself revisiting new-in sections with a newfound interest now that I am wearing more than just jogging bottoms. There are three high-street summer collections in particular that I'm really impressed with: Zara, & Other Stories and COS.
All of these summer collections have plenty of throw-on appeal, making them realistic for my working-from-home set-up and low-key summer plans. They also all have an elevated and timeless appeal, meaning they'll last for summers to come. Hero pieces I have my eye on include a pink gathered-neckline midi dress from COS, a pair of bright-green trousers from & Other Stories and a blazer in a gorgeous hue from Zara.
Keep scrolling to see our edit of the best pieces from Zara, & Other Stories and COS.
Zara Double-Breasted Blazer (£60)
It would be sinful not to invest in the matching trousers, too.
Zara Printed Shirt with Pocket (£30)
A perfect print solution if you're not into florals.
Zara The Marine Straight Jeans (£30)
Printed jeans are all the rage right now.
Zara Strappy Sandals (£30)
As are platform sandals.
Zara Printed Dungarees (£50)
This would look so pretty with a large-collared blouse underneath.
Zara Floral Print Dress (£28)
Love florals and checks? Combine them with this flounced dress.
Zara Contrast Dress (£20)
Halter necks are officially back.
Zara Embroidered Top (£26)
Zara's embroidery department is exceptional this season.
Zara Skirt with Cut-Out Embroidery (£50)
This skirt looks so premium.
Zara Embroidered Dress (£80)
Who needs a holiday when you can swish around in this beauty?
COS Gathered Dress (£79)
Another excellent take on gathering from COS.
COS Textured Hoop Earrings (£19)
Yes, I do need another pair of gold hoops.
COS Knitted Vest (£59)
This knitted vest will be such a great layering piece come autumn.
COS Printed Midi Skirt (£59)
COS rarely does skirts, but when it does, they're great.
COS Paperbag Waist Trousers (£69)
The best pair of trousers you'll find on the high street right now.
COS Leather Clogs (£159)
I am still very tempted to invest in some clogs.
COS Pleated Midi Dress (£115)
Say hello to the perfect wedding guest dress.
COS Sleeveless Jumpsuit (£89)
COS Straight-Fit Chinos (£69)
I'll take this whole outfit, please.
COS Midi Tube Dress (£79)
I never thought I'd be into tube dresses, but then I saw this one.
& Other Stories
& Other Stories Puff Sleeve Midi Dress (£85)
The brand releases this dress in a new color every so often, and I always find it hard to resist.
& Other Stories Printed Swimsuit (£35)
Did someone say lido?
& Other Stories Patent Leather Croc Embossed Bag (£125)
A bag I'll carry for years to come.
& Other Stories Frilled Mini Denim Dress (£75)
A very fresh take on the denim dress—just look at that collar.
& Other Stories Puka Shell Pendant Bracelet (£15)
In lieu of holiday-bought jewellery.
& Other Stories Ruffled Statement Collar Blouse (£65)
This blouse could easily pass as vintage.
& Other Stories Straight High Waist Trousers (£75)
COS's paper-bag-waist trousers have a contender.
& Other Stories Collared Maxi Shirt Dress (£85)
I love the unexpected maxi length of this shirt dress.
& Other Stories Voluminous Cotton Shirt (£65)
Oversized shirts are a must-have this summer.
& Other Stories XOXO Cut Jeans (£75)
Ripped jeans are stylish again, and & Other Stories has created the perfect pair.
This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. Next up, see our guide to the key trends for autumn 2021.
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