Trust Monikh: These 12 Joyful Pieces Have Me Counting Down to Summer

Monikh Dale
·14-min read

There are hundreds of thousands of influencers in the social ether, but 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 re-wearing 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…

The shops and restaurants are finally open! Yes, it’s time to fluff up those eyebrows and book your favourite restaurant for an outdoor lunch, because the streets are back up and running and waiting for you. Now the biggest question; what to wear to see actual people?!

I know we’ve seen some friends on Zoom or on a park walk, but this is a whole new situation. I think it’s about time we got dressed up again, and had fun with fashion. Think joyful and uplifting pieces that make you smile. Let’s reflect our mood and shine bright on those around us. So for this month I've chosen lots of colourful summer-ready pieces—mixed with a few staple must-haves to tie together your looks.

Keep scrolling to see the 12 joyful summer-ready pieces I love this month.

My April Shopping Picks:

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)

The platform sandal is big news this summer.

Sleeper Feather-Trimmed Crepe De Chine Pajama Set (£245)

This set screams fun! Get ready for those trips and sleepovers.

H&M Crinkled Cotton Dress (£25)

A throw-on dress which can be the base of 1000 looks. Team with beaded jewels and wedges for a garden party or keep it chilled with Superga’s and a basket bag for a trip to town.

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 Castaner, these wedges are the most comfortable out there.

Musier Paris Jacket (£330)

This is your staple piece. Wear with jeans, skirts, dresses—it goes with it all!

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.

Zara Linen Cape Skirt (£30)

My Prada linen skirt is one of the most worn pieces in my wardrobe, it goes with absolutely everything and looks totally effortless. You can get the same vibe with this Zara number, you maybe just go up a size or two, and take in the waist if you’re handy with the sewing machine – so the shape is a little more relaxed around the thighs and legs.

Rixo Mask (£30)

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

Rouje Huguette Shirt (£130)

Everyone needs that one top to throw on when trying to look put together, but casual, for the pub.

All Saints 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!

Shop Monikh's February Picks:

Monikh wears a Ladouble J dress and Loewe basket bag.

La Doublej Printed Midi Dress (£524)

Ticking all my spring needs; long-sleeved, ankle-skimming (I’ll take it up), floaty but still structured, and floral. This black-based dress is the ultimate pre-summer beauty.

Loewe Shell Large Leather and Raffia Basket Bag (£475)

Every Summer I get so many questions about Loewe basket bags. If they’re worth it and if they’re going to stay in fashion. My answer to both is yes. They’ve been knocking around for a few years now, coming out each year in the same style plus a new shape or colour variation. I think the key to their success is the simplicity of the design. This season I’ve invested in last year’s newbie, the shell, and I’ve already taken her out for numerous walks.

Zara Leather and Wood Strappy Sandals (£129)

Ready for BBQ season.

Nanushka Sabri Checked Seersucker Midi Dress (£365)

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

Zara Glass Ring (£15)

SS21 is all about big, bold and colourful jewellery. Start your new statement collection with these precious pieces from Zara.

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.

Zara Glass Necklace (£20)

Mango Belt Structured Blazer (£70)

This on top of your spring floral dress is instantly office friendly, for those going back to work.

Baserange Yumi Apron Dress (£116)

That cornflower blue is just everything.

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 microneedling journey this week and I cant wait.

ATP Atelier Thong Sandals (£180)

I’ve had my eye on these minimal sandals for so long now! So you can imagine how happy I was to see them restocked this month. Fancier than your average flip flop, these will carry you through those slightly dressier occasions this summer.

Monikh wears a dress by Faithfull the Brand

Toteme - Int Army Jacket Olive (£410)

I’ve had my eye on this jacket for a few years now (it’s one of the brand's staples pieces), and this year I decided to finally put away my tired high-street companion and go for it. By purchasing a high-street version of something first time round, it’s a great way to see how much you love the style and just how many times you will actually wear it. After years of grabbing that oversized khaki jacket, to wear over almost everything, throughout spring and summer, I knew it was time. This Toteme Army Jacket is oversized yet structured, perfect for with satin dresses and skirts for summer evenings. Right now, I’ll be teaming it with a white poplin top and baggy jeans.

Faithfull the Brand Le Galet Paisley-Print Crepe Midi Dress (£199)

I’m migrating to all things green this month—it just feels fresh!

Isabel Marant Pendant Earrings (£275)

The boho vibe was a big theme for the SS21 runways, and it’s one trend I can’t wait to dive into. I’m always a huge fan 70’s 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!

Mango High Waist Straight Jeans (£50)

I think it’s going to be a while before I go back to fitted trousers or jeans after almost a year of joggers. So I'm going to start with these, loose LA-style jeans with rips. Yes I once said I would never go back, but I should have known better. These are the denim style of summer 2021.

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 oversized cropped jumper. Roll up the hem and add a pump.

Zara Silk Scarf With Initial (£20)

Add a little fun to February with these initial scarfs. Use as a face mask, hair tie or bag accessory. The options are endless!

Zara Smocked Poplin Blouse (£26)

I've found the perfect poplin top for those baggy jeans.

Nailberry 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.

Marni Marni Market Zig-Zag Pattern Frame Tote Bag (£180)

Cleverly build up your boho wardrobe with accessories first—it’s a great way to try out the trend without fully committing.

Monica Vinader Beaded Double Chain Anklet (£65)

I love a thin gold anklet, one so delicate people might not even notice it at first. And now that I’ve firmly turned my back on winter style, including my big chunky boots, I can finally wrap last year’s fave around my ankle. I would always recommend investing in a slightly more durable material like this gold-plated style so that you don’t have to take it off between washing.

COS Asymmetric Knitted Wrap Dress (£99)

Black is always relevant, no matter what the season. Grab this beauty to wear with sandals and that Marni bag as soon as the weather allows.

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.

Zara Oversize Puffer Gilet (£30)

I have been tempted for weeks to steal my boyfriend's puffer gilet.

Vince Goran Shearling Slides (£210)

I'm using this month to break these in so I’m ready at the first sight of spring.

Baserange Brig Cutout Ribbed Organic Cotton-Jersey Wrap Dress (£150)

Need to get out of that tracksuit? This dress will carry you through the remaining winter months teamed with boots, and then I'd wear it with those shearling slides come spring.

H&M Zip-Hem Leggings (£13)

Yes leggings are making a comeback! Opt for a longer length with an open zip, to create a slight flare effect.

Arket Asymmetric-Neckline Alpaca Jumper (£79)

Give your knitwear section a shake up with this asymmetrical neckline, which makes such a statement that there's no need for jewellery.

&Daughter Maxime Tiered Ruffled Cotton-Seersucker Midi Dress (£425)

I have this ready and waiting for that first post lockdown outing.

Mango Textured Fringed Poncho (£60)

The cape—this month's no.1 companion for instant chicness.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (£16)

Broken out over the holidays? Me too. Grab this dream potion Mario Badescu to dry up any potential volcanos before they erupt.

Secret Linen Store Black 100% Linen Duvet Cover (£116)

I've never thought of black linen sheets before, but they are strangely chic!

Pixie Market Black Wool Double Breast Coat (£215)

It’s all about the smart coat this season; crisp enough to dress up your tracksuit while running errands, and classic enough to last a lifetime.

Petra Palumbo Yves Blue Flower Carafe and Tumbler (£72)

How dreamy are these hand painted carafes! Just the perfect hit of colour needed to dress up your bedside table whilst reminding yourself to keep hydrated. Thank you Lucy Williams for the inspo!

Tekla Towels (£64)

Have you also got to that age where buying new towels feels just as good as buying clothes? Throw these on the radiator, light a candle, run the bath and enjoy a month of pamper nights.

Celine Small Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses (£290)

The shape that never ages.

Ghost Luna Skirt (£69)

Timeless! Slink around the house in this bias-cut skirt with on oversized jumper on top, and just add boots when you are leaving for fresh air.

Zara Belted Coat (£129)

It looks like The Row, and comes in at £125.

& Other Stories Voluminous Crinkled Silk Blend Shirt (£120)

The shirt and trouser set I'm wearing above.

& Other Stories Relaxed Silk Blend Drawstring Trousers (£120)

H&M Wood and Glass Wall Cabinet (£120)

You know you’ve made it to your adult years when you get this excited about storage—but how gorgeous is this cabinet?! This will be amazing to host all of my beauty products in the bathroom.

Zara Cashmere Top (£30)

This is my absolute dream outfit for days at home this winter. Just add blanket, tea and Home Alone.

Zara Cashmere Briefs (£30)

Nanushka Clarisa Mesh-Jersey Dress (£315)

Worn with think tights and boots, or open with jeans and pumps—this is the shirt/dress that keeps on giving

COS Classic Leather Clutch Bag (£125)

There is nothing chicer than a big oversized clutch worn with a big oversized coat, and yes, big oversized boots. Bigger is sometimes better.

Made Shona Accent Armchair (£379)

Days at home should be spent sitting in this dreamy cosy chair.

Zara Heeled Leather Sandals With Rhinestone Straps (£90)

We might not be going out out this year, but staying in can still be glitzy. Wear with a big shirt and jeans

COS Long Wool Mix Blazer (£180)

A wardrobe staple. Ageless and timeless.

Frankie Shop Balloon Sleeve Pocket Shirt in Black (£89)

I'd wear this tucked in to jeans or tailored trousers, with a few buttons undone and maybe a thin gold necklace or two. Very sexy.

Zara Midi Skirt With Rhinestones (£30)

I love the rhinestones and love the slit. Pair with an old tee and lots of eyeliner for a '90s look.

Shop Monikh's November Picks:

Keep scrolling for the 10 items I have in my cosy edit this month.

Leset Sierra Wool-Blend Robe (£470)

You’ve got your tracksuit on but need to run out for essentials, now how do you make this work? The answer is the robe coat, so chic it will add a touch of luxe to your casual attire.

Smythson 2021 Premier Fashion Diary Week-To-View (£95)

My boyfriend buys me a new planner every Christmas, and it's always my favourite gift. I get to slot in all those special dates and be able to visually start my countdown. Plus with all those weddings which were sadly cancelled this year, I’ve got a lot to slot in already.

London Cashmere Co Griffin (£139)

This is an exact dupe of one from The Row which I’ve had my eye on for months! A classic black cashmere jumper that will never go out of style. I also love that it is mens. I’m wearing this in a small, but if I were to re-order I’d go for a medium so it was a little oversized.

Frankie Shop Full-Length Cardigan (£257)

A full-length cardigan is the new chic layer we need to keep wearing summer dresses.

Oka Large Fyli Vase in White (£95)

I love to grab a few new home bits each season to spice up my living room a little. And when you’re a minimalist like me you have to be sure to make it is something that’s simple, yet effective enough to make a statement. Enter my new vase.

Nanushka Hope Wool-Blend Midi Dress (£416)

Nanushka's entire new-in section is just an A/W dream! So chic, so cool. Wear this wool dress barefoot at home, and with a belt and boots when it's safe to venture out.

Tekla Checked Extra-Large Merino-Wool Blanket (£300)

I love this brand—they just do simple homeware so well! Grab a few checked blankets to layer up on the sofa for those cosy film nights.

R+D.LAB Luisa Glass Carafe (£110)

Setting the table for dinner really has helped me to feel like dinner at home is a real moment again. No TV, just some soft music in the background, a bottle of red and some pretty tableware.

Skims Naked Everyday Plunge Bralette (£81)

If you don’t have to wear a bra, should you? The answer is obviously no, but in case you do want a little support, why not go for the knitted bra under a slightly opened shirt? Very chic.

Klevering Tortoiseshell Amber Glasses Set of Four (£45)

One more reason to stay hydrated.

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