Britain’s long winters normally make the
arrival of summer feel like a big hug from an old friend. However, given that we can’t hug our pals at the moment, the recent warm weather feels somewhat bittersweet. Without the option to enjoy an ice cream on the beach or a cold drink in a beer garden, the summer ahead looks strange and unfamiliar. But one thing that can make us feel like our normal(ish) summery selves is the perfect hot weather ‘fit. Once a sea of leggings and coffee-stained hoodies, lockdown dressing has become an opportunity to put our best foot forward, and frankly, we’re going for it. With an unending selection of mood-boosting prints, patterns and palettes to choose from online, our weekend park picnic is the perfect excuse to put on a new pair of sandals or a printed sun hat. It might not be the dreamy island getaway wardrobe you were planning to wear this summer but a socially distanced meet-up and a gin in a tin with your loved ones is still enough of an excuse to get dressed up. From comfy linen shorts to floaty frocks, click through to see what R29 staff are wearing this June… Georgia Murray, Junior Fashion Editor More
I’m loving the ease of boilersuits right now and Dickies – previously unisex – has just launched styles specifically tailored for women's bodies, meaning their pieces just got even comfier. Of course, anyone can wear any of the pieces, but I've found this cut works better for my chest and legs. This mint green number is lightweight looks as great with white Chucks as it does with sunnies and Birkenstocks, so I'll be wearing all summer.
Utility Boilersuit, $, available at
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I learned about this really cool initiative last month. The premise is simple: answer a few questions about your personal style, pay £35 and receive a box of SS20 pieces originally destined for big-name retailers and brands that never made it to store thanks to unfulfilled orders during coronavirus. Your money goes towards supporting garment workers in Bangladesh who have been devastatingly impacted by the crisis’ disruption of the production line. You won’t know what’s in the box but that’s all part of the fun, and you’ll be saving more clothes from going to landfill while helping workers feed their families for a week. Buy for yourself or as a gift for a pal.
Lost Stock Box, $, available at
Lost Stock More
It’s sandal season baby! Despite being unable to venture further than big Sainsbury's and the local park, this TOMS pair is proving a trusty companion for my daily walk. They go with everything I already own and, from experience, last for years.
Black Leather Sicily Women's Sandals, $, available at
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Simple linen and cottons are all that seem to make sense in this heat. I'm seeing this as a basic that I'll want to throw on whether chilling at home or for in the future when lockdown lifts.
Linen Short-Sleeve Shirt, $, available at
While the risk of staining is vast with the number of spillages I incur every day, it doesn’t change the fact that this is a great dress and basically all I want to wear right now.
Asymmetric Layered Dress, $, available at
I’m a terrible jewellery wearer but wish for otherwise. Maybe now’s the time to start.
Pas De Deux Necklace, $, available at
Wald Berlin More Jessica Morgan, Staff Writer More
I never wore much jewellery before the start of this year and I’ve no idea why it’s taken me this long, but I’m obsessed with minimal rings. A friend posted this (black owned) brand on her Instagram story recently and I instantly fell in love with this ring. It’s so delicate, so elegant, so beautiful – I’ve reserved a space for it on my finger.
Mono Pearl Ring, $, available at
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It’s not spring/summer without a fresh pair of white kicks, and while I’ve spent the last decade wearing my Stan Smiths to death, it’s time to hang those up and try a different style. I’ve always loved Superstars; I had a pair in school which I used for PE (until they were banned and I was forced to wear those horrible plimsolls) so it’s time to bring them back to my adult shoe collection where there are no rules to follow.
Superstar Shoes, $, available at
We may not be able to go out and party with our friends but that doesn’t mean I can’t dress up for our weekly girls' night Zoom. This beautiful number has my name all over it and it’s so perfect for the summer. I’ve been looking into more sustainable pieces as the guilt has finally settled in. This brand designs its pieces with renewable and recyclable materials (certified viscose) and digitally prints its textiles. Fashion guilt? Not anymore!
Pink Floral Print High Neck Mini Dress, $, available at
Omnes More Sadhbh O’Sullivan, Health & Living Writer More
I bought a light yellow pair of these shorts from Uniqlo a couple of years ago and they are probably my most worn item since lockdown started – breathable and roomy and cute enough to feel like I’ve made the bare minimum effort. If I were getting another pair, I’d go for white to pair with bold tops and T-shirts that are inevitably languishing under my bed from last summer.
Women Linen Cotton Blend Relaxed Fit Shorts, $, available at
Kind of a linen trend emerging here. Mayamiko is a brilliant ethical fashion brand and this linen mini dress ticks every possible summer box: breezy, sustainable, comfortable but well cut. Sorted.
Lily Mini Dress, $, available at
I love the drama of these earrings. Jewellery feels like the easiest way to make an effort at the moment and I’m enjoying wearing OTT pieces with slouching-around-the-flat outfits. These would be perfect to make me feel like a rich bitch in my worn leggings.
Didi, $, available at
Paloma Wool More Vicky Spratt, Features Editor More
I am going through a scrunchie phase right now. I love Ganni’s prints and this leopard is the perfect leopard which, as we all know, is something you should never pass on when you see it!
Silk Linen Scrunchie, $, available at
What are bras? I don’t know, because I’ve stopped wearing them. But if I were going to put one on, it certainly wouldn’t be underwired and it would look a lot like this soft black bra from About.
Triangular Modal-Blend Jersey Bra, $, available at
Matches Fashion More
I have no cause to use handbags at the moment as, let’s be real, I’m not really going anywhere. However, if I do ever start moving around and socialising again I really want a cross-body bag that’s super simple just like this, which goes with everything and leaves my hands free to do really important things like hold drinks and hug people. Remember hugging?
Mini Leather Cross-Body Bag, $, available at
Matches Fashion More Alicia Lansom, Editorial Assistant More
I’ve been seeing this baguette bag on my Instagram feed for the past few months but I always let it pass me by. Now that this vegan leather bad boy is half price, it feels like a good time to introduce it to my all-black handbag collection.
Eva Shoulder Bag, $, available at
JW PEI More
Just because this straw hat is more suited to the Italian Riviera than a walk to Co-op doesn’t mean I don’t want it. My justification for purchasing this gigantic hat is that my face hasn't seen the sun for literally months, so I need something to shelter my pasty skin from its harmful rays.
Wide-Brimmed Straw Hat, $, available at
Every single dress I've had my eye on this summer seems to be the same iteration of a puff-sleeve floaty frock, apart from this one. Short, sweet and sunny, this Reformation creation is the perfect picnic dress for summer.
Puglia Dress, $, available at
Reformation More Kristine Romano, Photo & Design Assistant More
I don’t know where I think I’m going or who I am seeing with this bag, but I kinda love it? It would definitely add a fun pop of colour to any outfit.
Small Lightweight Shopper, $, available at
Even though it's nice to free the feet on occasion, I’ll almost always pick trainers over sandals,
in the summer. While I wouldn’t usually opt for a colourful pair, these might just change that! The pops of turquoise and red feel fresh yet subtle enough to be versatile.
MR530 Trainers, $, available at
It seems counterintuitive to want a pair of trousers as we head towards summer but in my defence, these are linen! Perfect for days when it’s not quite warm enough (but too warm for jeans).
Shanghai, $, available at
Paloma Wool More Jacqueline Kilikita, Beauty Editor More
All I’ve been wearing is slippers and sponge flip-flops and I’m desperate to switch things up – even if my only outing is to the big Sainsbury’s. I’ve got my eye on these chunky mules, which I’ll dress down with jeans and a tee.
Holland Cross Strap Platform Mules, $, available at
I’m living in comfy, stretchy jumpsuits lately but I want to feel a bit more put-together and ‘done’. This pineapple print version looks super soft, so I can still lounge around, but is a little dressier than what I currently own.
Sienna Pineapple Batik Wide Leg Jumpsuit Black, $, available at
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’s Daisy Edgar-Jones with this burnt orange cotton tote by JW Anderson on the weekend and now I must have it. I don’t know what I’ll put in it other than groceries but still, it’s very cute.
Belt Tote Bag, $, available at
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