Trust Monikh: These 15 Pieces Make the Perfect Summer Capsule

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There are hundreds of thousands of influencers in the social ether, but there are only a handful who we religiously stalk in order to virtually steal the clothes off their backs. Our primary target is Monikh—the London-based styling and shopping guru who seeks out the very coolest buys from every corner of the retail world. From her inspiring tips on rewearing her well-chosen investment items to hunting down the coolest high-street pieces, her Instagram feed, @monikh, and website are a veritable hotbed of things you’re going to want to purchase immediately (and will never regret). Each month, Monikh will share her new picks exclusively for you…

It’s July, and we’re finally seeing the summer that we’ve all needed! Could it officially be time to say goodbye to the April showers that plagued us at the beginning of the month? I saw a flock of autumn-clad dressers on the tube whilst I stood out like a sore thumb in my dress and sandals. I’m a hardcore sandal lover and will wear them no matter the weather.

Well, now with the forecast looking to warm up by the end of the week, I think it’s finally here: the summer of love! Time to get ready for barbecue days, full day-to-night madness and impromptu drinks with friends. So here I am to help you get that wardrobe ready.

On Monikh: Nili Lotan dress

On Monikh: Nili Lotan dress

Shop My July Picks

& Other Stories Silk Tank Top (£65)

Two-pieces are my weakness.

& Other Stories Belted Silk Midi Skirt (£85)

And this set is perfect!

H&M T-Shirt Dress (£18)

Okay, it may look simple, but teamed with thong sandals and a printed basket bag, this could be your ultimate go-to look—basic always works!

Prada Padded Nappa Leather Sandals (£750)

After the success of those Chanel dad sandals—I still wear mine with pride—Prada brought out its own version. Is it time for you to invest?

Mango Belted Cotton Jumpsuit (£50)

Jump straight into this look with minimal effort needed.

Whistles Leather A-Line Skirt (£170)

Is it time to bring back the leather mini? I think so! I wore mine most days in the summer of 2015, and I miss that look. Combined with chunky sandals and a silk top, it was summer day-to-night at its finest.

H&M Glass Vase (£13)

A new garden table centre piece for when the girls are over.

Zara Embroidered Cotton Shirt (£60)

Etro vibes at a fraction of the price.

Zara Linen Blend Embroidered Trousers (£50)

Because we love a full look. Team these with the embroidered Zara shirt and simple accessories.

Nili Lotan Phoebe Embroidered Dress ($825)

Effortless and chic. Style this dress with a silk slip underneath and a leather jacket on your shoulders.

MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick (£18)

I can’t stop thinking about a red-orange lipstick to wear with those beige looks for the evening, so I’m bringing back the old cult, Lady Danger.

Rejina Pyo Nane Bag Raffia Brown (£350)

I love her bags! There’s a new colourway/fabric to obsess over each season, and this time, it’s all about the raffia.

Nanushka Verity Dress (£295)

A print that screams summer.

Chanel Le Vernis (£24)

It’s all about matching your nail polish to your lipstick.

ACNE Studios Crochet Trousers (£350)

Well done to ACNE for making a pair of crochet trousers that aren’t just for the beach. Throw on an oversize shirt or tee and simple flip-flops. These trousers are loud but in the subtlest way.

See My Shopping Picks From Previous Months

Keep scrolling to shop my hot-weather capsule.

& Other Stories Bandeau Midi Dress (£95)

This is so chic! Keep it super minimal. Basic hair and makeup, flat flip-flops and an oversized basket bag.

Loeffler Randall Tristan Gingham Shell Shoulder Bag (£215)

The other day I actually went out for dinner! Yes, I was out (kind of). I really struggled to find a fancy bag for a nighttime look but still casual enough to keep that laid-back vibe. I needed this.

Joseph Ramie Voile Senzo Skirt (£295)

Team with a crop top, T-shirt or oversized shirt.

Boheme The Tie Top (£105)

I love the minimal vibe, love the fabric and love that it’s made to order. Mine is being made right now, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it!

Fern Fans Small Floral Fan in Black Leaves (£80)

Thinking about upgrading your mini fan? Say hello to Ferns Fans.

Shisheido Oil-Control Blotting Paper (£22)

There’s nothing worse than piling more makeup on in this hot weather, especially when you took so long getting that natural look. So when your skin starts shinning in a bad way, grab one of these blot sheets to absorb that extra oil. Much better than adding more powder.

Dmy by Dmy Preston Rectangular Sunglasses (£140)

I love the neutral tones because they will go with everything.

Warehouse Cotton Poplin Puff Sleeve Tie Midi Dress (£48)

We all need a white, puff-sleeved dress in our wardrobes.

The Reformation Carmen Linen Two Piece (£198)

Very. Chic.

Mango Leather Baguette Bag (£50)

A put-together everyday bag.

Totême Espera Ribbed-Knit Dress (£240)

No idea what to wear? Put this on.

Rixo Jess Sea Life Check Blue (£315)

Okay, I can’t lie, my little sister got to this dress first. But there’s nothing wrong with a little twinning, plus that blue hue is just so cooling.

The Reformation Ludo Toe Ring Strappy Flat Sandal (£98)

I adore the simplicity.

COS Linen Open Collar Shirt (£59)

This open-collar shirt will double up as a light jacket when you're in the shade.

H&M Cropped Linen Trousers (£25)

Remember, lots of linen!

Glossier Cloud Paint (£15)

I constantly talk about this product, but it’s so useful. Dab on eyelids, cheeks and lips.

Arket Relaxed Cotton Tunic Dress (£79)

How amazing is this colour?

Rixo Norah Cream Waistcoat (£125)

Our very own Joy has been rocking a waistcoat with oversized trousers, and I now need a waistcoat and oversized trousers.

Arket Leather Strap Sandals (£135)

The gladiator trend is back.

Alighieri The Celestial Orbit 24ct Yellow Gold-Plated Bronze Bangle (£210)

I’ve been thinking more about accessories this season, and I think the statement bangle might be the one for me.

American Vintage Skirt (£135)

What a colour! Wear with a printed tee and white trainers.

Reformation Mandy Minimal Block Heel Mule (£198)

Very chic.

Mango Bucket Crochet Bag (£36)

Yes, I’m a little crochet obsessed this season.

Paloma Wool Phoebe Cropped Linen Jacket (£140)

Can you be a realist and an optimist? Well anyway, we live in the UK, so it’s best to take a jacket out with you just in case.

Massimo Dutti Denim Overshirt With Belt (£100)

On Monikh: Ghost Leona Dress.

Ghost Leona Dress (£65)

This colour—a slightly neon pastel peach—is one of the colours of the season.

& Other Stories Leather Platform Sandals (£85)

Platform sandals are big news this summer.

Castañer Carina 80 Canvas & Jute Espadrille Wedges (£85)

Not ready for heels but need a little lift for all those outdoor plans you’ve made? Look no further than Castañer. These wedges are the most comfortable out there.

Taylor Morris Vida (£120)

I have been looking all over the place for a chic pair of yellow sunglasses, and these from Taylor Morris do the job without being over the top.

Sandro Kasbah Logo-Embossed Cotton-Blend Tote Bag (£259)

After a year of squeezing all my belongings into the pockets of my puffer jacket, it’s time to get back to reality and grab something big enough for a full day and night of essentials.

Rixo Mask (£30)

I love a Rixo mask! Well if you have to wear one, why not make it a full-on accessory?

AllSaints Benno 2-In-1 Dress (£129)

This dress is a completely seasonless staple. I bought it in black maybe three or four years ago, and I’ve been wearing it non-stop ever since!

Nanushka Sabri Checked Seersucker Midi Dress (£365)

Yellow is big this season, and I love how uplifting this sunshine tone is.

COS Oversized T-Shirt Dress (£55)

So effortless. Wear this with the Zara clogs and colourful jewels, the Loewe basket bag and last month’s khaki jacket.

Made Tira Linen/Cotton Duvet Cover (£79)

Brighten up your room with sage covers, which are surprisingly uplifting.

Sarah Chapman Meso Melt Infusion System (£138)

I’m starting my micro-needling journey this week, and I can’t wait.

Isabel Marant Pendant Earrings (£275)

The boho vibe was a big theme for the S/S 21 runways, and it’s one trend I can’t wait to dive into. I’m always a huge fan of ’70s styling, and this new take on the style is even more relaxed. Think scarf prints with long, fluid layers and nothing tight, lots of fringing, crochet and, of course, embellished accessories. Heaven!

Wood Wood Freya Halterneck Cotton Twill Jumpsuit (£250)

A piece to invest in now and wear a thousand times during the summer. Team now with an oversize cropped jumper. Roll up the hem and add pumps.

Nailberry L'Oxygene Nail Lacquer Viva La Vegan (£12)

I’ve wanted to try a green polish for ages, and this just might be the perfect time.

Zara Home Ceramic Vase (£26)

I’m sure I’m not the only one who missed their local florists during lockdown. It really is amazing how a few fresh flowers can brighten up your home and your mood. So I’ll be stocking up on a few new vases for when they reopen. Big pots like these also look great without flowers in corners of rooms on the floor.

Paloma Wool No 681 Pixel (£102)

I love the mix of colours in this top by one of my favourite little secrets. Paloma Wool is full of quirky designs to uplift the most minimalist of wardrobes.

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