I Think These 17 Items Make the Perfect Capsule for Summer 2021

Emma Spedding
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As soon as Boris Johnson announced the road map for the lifting of restrictions back in February, my mind was wandering straight to thoughts of picnics in the sun, afternoons in beer gardens and the summer dresses I'll be wearing for this re-entry into society. I'm not alone, as I'm still seeing memes talking about the intense level of outfit planning needed for June 21. One excellent tweet I saw compared the level of decision making for June comparable to working out what to wear for a year-six disco.

I can't help but think forward to summer and start plotting the few pieces I'm going to be adding to my wardrobe. Below I've listed the 17 items that I think are a welcome addition to any wardrobe in summer 2021, and make for a perfect capsule with a mix of basics and wow statement pieces.

I have included a mix of summer basics such as tank tops, basket bags and high-waisted jeans, which form the building blocks of any successful summer wardrobe. Of course, you can't talk about summer without mentioning dresses, and for 2021 I'm loving bright-pink joyful dresses, simple white flowing dresses and as a June 21st option, a black dress with cutouts. When it comes to sandals trends, there is one style that is a frontrunner so far this year and will be perfect for walking thousands of steps: caged leather fisherman sandals. We can thank The Row for this one.

Keep scrolling for the 17 items that I think make the perfect capsule for summer 2021.

1. Denim Skirt

Raey Patch-Pocket A-Line Denim Skirt (£145)

Weekday Chrysal Denim Maxi Skirt (£57)

2. Bright Pink Dress

Alice + Olivia Shayla Hot Pink Mini Dress (£360)

Matteau The Triangle Tiered Organic-Cotton Dress (£365)

3. Tracksuit Shorts

Frankie Shop Jaimie Oversized Cotton-Jersey Sweatshirt and Shorts Set (£110)

Weekday Kama Shorts (£18)

4. High-Waisted jeans

Slvrlake Beatnik High-Rise Slim-Leg Jeans (£280)

& Other Stories Favourite Cut Cropped (£65)

5. Basket Bag

Loewe + Paula's Ibiza Small Leather-Trimmed Woven Raffia Tote (£450)

Loewe Shell Small Raffia and Leather Tote Bag (£425)

6. Fisherman Sandals

Gabriela Hearst Lynn Leather Sandals (£630)

Church's Fisherman Nevada Leather Sandal Black (£690)

7. White Dress

Cecilie Bahnsen Edition Tilde Puff-Sleeved Cloqué Dress (£670)

Faithfull the Brand + Net Sustain Kiona Tiered Cotton-Poplin Midi Dress (£190)

8. Loafers

Gucci + Net Sustain Sylvie Chain-Embellished Leather Loafers (£610)

Arket Loafers (£150)

9. Printed Silk Scarf

Givenchy G-Print Silk-Satin Scarf ($480)

Burberry Archive Logo Print Silk Square Scarf (£310)

10. Bucket Hat

Faithfull the Brand Bettina Tiger-Print Linen Sunhat (£89)

COS Knitted Bucket Hat (£35)

11. Short-Sleeve Shirt

Andersson Bell Capri Printed Twill Shirt (£200)

Ps by Paul Smith Striped Cotton Shirt (£125)

12. Linen Separates:

Deiji Studios 03 Short Linen Pyjamas ($167)

Lisa Marie Fernandez Charlotte Cream Belted Linen Maxi Skirt (£495)

13. Tank Tops

Violeta by Mango Cotton Organic Top (£10)

Weekday Stella Tank Top (£8)

14. Colourful Knitwear

& Other Stories Ruffled Wool Knit Polo Sweater (£65)

Ganni Cropped V-Neck Cardigan (£245)

15. Tie-Dye Top

Weekday Printed Top (£20)

Proenza Schouler Tie-Dyed Cotton-Jersey Top (£300)

16. Baseball Caps

& Other Stories Wool Melangé Baseball Cap (£27)

Mango Cotton Baseball Cap ($18)

17. Black Dress With Cutouts

Christopher Esber Cutout Ribbed Stretch-Knit Dress (£655)

Jacquemus Pila Cutout Layered Linen-Jersey Midi Dress (£440)

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

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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