An insider’s guide to the ultimate summer wardrobe

Summer is officially here (trust us, sunnier times are coming). So if you haven’t already, it’s time to get that summer wardrobe, sorted. But don’t waste your hard-earned pennies on impulse buys that won’t have seasonal staying power – we’ve spoken to the top dogs at some of your favourite high street brands to get the lowdown on what’s going to be hot ALL summer. Get ready to shop...

An insider’s guide to the ultimate summer wardrobe

Summer is officially here (trust us, sunnier times are coming). So if you haven’t already, it’s time to get that summer wardrobe, sorted. But don’t waste your hard-earned pennies on impulse buys that won’t have seasonal staying power – we’ve spoken to the top dogs at some of your favourite high street brands to get the lowdown on what’s going to be hot ALL summer. Get ready to shop...

The fashion trainers

“Fashion-conscious trainers are one of my favourite trends for SS16. I love that there are so many variations and new takes on classic designs! In particular Kurt Geiger’s stylish Liquorice and Langley styles, which are a super contemporary take on classic running trainers. Wearable to the office, the bar and at the weekend, casual trainers have become fashion's new mainstay.”

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The printed trousers

“For SS16 printed trousers are a huge must-have for my wardrobe. I’ll be wearing a 70s-inspired snakeskin print pair with a contrasting jumbo floral print blouse and chunky flatform sandals for day, and for the evening I’ll team them with a simple nude vest and matching snakeskin print sliders. If you’re thinking of investing in print trousers, buy ones that are slightly shorter in length and sit higher on the waist, as this is generally a more flattering cut, looks great with flats AND won’t shorten your legs.“

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The bomber jacket

“My hero piece for SS16 has to be the bomber jacket. Whether in classic army green and neutral shades or in a contemporary pastel hue, its sportsluxe look and versatile shape make it a must-have for any wardrobe. Despite its casual connotations, I’ll be rocking it in the evenings, styled with my favourite little black dress and lace-ups heels.”

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The pinny dress

“If there's one piece that sums up spring/summer it's the pinny. Whether with traditional front-fastening straps or reinvented in lighter fabrics and retro-floral prints, it's the perfect partner to this season's pretty romantic blouses.”

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The key piece: The suede bucket bag

“One of the biggest trends for SS16 is 70s-inspired boho, which is music to my ears because I’ve always had a weakness for the era. From cool shearling coats to flared jeans and fringing on everything, this season is all about rocking a retro vibe. The easiest way to buy into this groovy trend? A luxe boho bag. I’ll be toting a touchable suede bucket bag, and if it has fringing, all the better!”

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