There are always a number of Summer Style Essentials that we rely on in our wardrobes whether we are jetting off somewhere or planning a staycation.
That’s also the great thing about the usual British Summer, it tends to be a shorter season so the clothes we wear don’t get too much use. So let’s call it Sustainable Summer Style Essentials allowing us to re-wear these items year after year.
Pieces that if we care for and love, can be re-introduced, re-explored and maybe, re-styled.
I’ve narrowed down my selection so read on for my Summer 7 - 7 key pieces I could not do without.
More than an aid for protecting our eyes from the glare of sunlight and harmful UV and UVB rays but also, a fashionably cool accessory.
Like a swipe of lipstick, sunglasses can change our entire look.
Be mindful of fashion sunglasses that do not always provide sufficient UV protection so try to look out for a CE Mark, UV400 or a British Standard Mark such as ISO to ensure good protection.
Tote / Beach Bag
The ultimate Summer accessory. No-one wants to cart a heavy leather bag around in the Summer when our hands are sticky with sucream or icecream. Instead choose a lighter style bag that will carry your everyday essentials. Think Jute, Raffia or Straw. A classic bag will stay with you season after season.
If you choose something with a reinforced base and good sturdy handles, you will be sure to use it on repeat each Summer.
Whichever you select, ensure it has a small compartment to keep you purse, keys and lippie safe and handy. For a lovely range of bags take a look at these beauties by British brand Henrietta Spencer.
There is something quite irresistible about a pair of sandals with some sort of embellishment or sparkle and since there are few days here in the UK when we can actually wear them, we can enjoy their return year after year.
Take a simple outfit up a notch with some embellished sandals.
A dress with a beautiful print will carry you through the Summer whatever your plans. From strolling around a market, heading for a Mojito, barbeque on the beach or even a Wedding. You may even manage to wear it in your workplace.
Style with your favourite accessories but keep it simple, the statement will be the print!
Choose a print that you love and you will be happy to wear your dress for longer.
A scarf can do far more than its name suggests – it can protect us from the sun and equally provides an extra layer when the temperatures fall. Tie one around your wrist as a cool and colourful accessory or tie one around the handle of your bag for a stylish twist.
A scarf can also be used as a belt over a Summer dress to cinch around the waist. I’ve also used a scarf before, knotted as an evening bag.
Offering total protection for your skin, eyes and hair, a hat is a great all-rounder and makes a rather stylish statement too. You can’t afford to leave home without one.
Choose a colour that effortlessly pairs with the clothes in your wardrobe but failing that, a good neutral colour will ensure it goes with everything!
Go for a wider brim for a glorious glamorous vibe!
Who doesn’t love the free and easy feel of a Kimono. Simply pair with a tee and pair of shorts or slip over your swimwear. At the Spa? Take one along as a cover-up!
They are a versatile addition to any wardrobe and there’s always a great choice of colours and patterns around.
This one I love from One Hundred Stars but check out the options from sustainable British brand Live Lagom.
Do let me know if your Top 7 Sustainable Summer Style Essentials are the same as mine!
I hope these styling tips help you. Don’t forget to drink plenty and water and remember your sunscreen. Do enjoy and happy and safe Summer.
*Main Image credit Olivia Brabbs for York Fashion Week