Words by Chantelle Billson
Original Thumbnail Art by Antonia Weishaupt
Summer has finally arrived and the longer brighter days call for a change of wardrobe. So far we’ve been lucky enough to have a hot summer, which means we can fully embrace the best of the latest summer trends.
Scroll down to see my top picks to instantly heat up your summer style.
The Best of The Bags
Summer 2019 has been a huge year for statement bags, from neon petite designs to oversized straw totes and cool retro beaded bags. If you’re trend-driven then you will want to get your hands on a bag similar to the most-loved styles below, guaranteed you will get a flurry of compliments and your outfit will look effortlessly trendy.
Jacquemus Le Chiquito
No doubt you have seen this gorgeous micro bag all over Instagram, available in an array of colours this bag is 100% summer approved.
Jacquemus Le Grand Baci
If little bags aren’t for you then look no further than the Jacquemus gorgeous fringed raffia maxi bag, ideal for the statement-making fashion lovers, plus a straw bag is timeless and can be worn every summer season.
Cult Gaia Tortoiseshell-Effect Bag
Perhaps not the most practical of bags (especially in the unpredictable British Summer), but definitely the most nostalgic and fun – the return of vintage style beaded bags. Available to buy in a range of prices these bags are an on-point addition to your summer wardrobe and will add a cute and quirky edge to all of your summer ensembles.
Nannacay+ Net Sustain Astri Macramé Tote
Like your bags woven? Look no further than the net bag trend, the most-wanted arm candy for fashions most loyal followers and in a range of affordable prices, this is a perfect way to elevate your summer wardrobe.
The Foot Wear
Veja White Trainers
A shoe that will work with every item of clothing you own? Of course, it’s fashion’s dependable white trainer, offering a clean yet sporty edge to the most polished of outfits. Versatile, comfortable and individual, once you have found your perfect white trainer you’ll have to think hard about what you used to wear on your feet. There’s a whole host of gorgeous white trainers to choose from but a top pick this season has been Veja’s which is great as they made out of ‘ecological and sustainable materials’.
By Far Square Mules
If you’re looking for a statement shoe then make sure it’s square-toed, less is more when it comes to shoes this season so think minimal and understated, this style can be worn with almost every summer outfit and they are also comfy enough to rock from dawn till dusk. By Far’s Libra suede mules feature a perfect square-toed silhouette, which will add elegance to your looks.
Staud Thong Sandals
You either love or hate this trend, but there’s no denying that the easy slip-on thong sandals are back in style. Relaxed and simple these sandals are easy to style and perfect for packing should you be jetting off to anywhere tropical this year. Staud’s Rio butter-soft leather sandals are a feminine addition to your summer shoe collection.
Whistles Maxi Dress
Cliché, maybe… an essential, absolutely! A maxi dress in summer is a no brainer and with so many to choose from design-wise you can opt for as experimental or minimalistic as you like. In a lightweight summer approved fabric, the Whistles abstract maxi dress is a statement piece that ticks many of the summer trend boxes, including animal print, which is a must-have.
Stella McCartney Tie Dye T-Shirt
Tie-dye is everywhere and being worn on everything, you can’t have too much of it this season so choose your garments with unique tie-dye designs and you’re guaranteed to be on-trend. Stella Mccartney’s pastel-toned tie-dye T-shirt is a playful addition to adding a cool downtown vibe to your wardrobe, style with oversized trousers and white trainers, of course.
Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini Little White Dress
Elegance is so easy to achieve when wearing a white dress and this season a little white dress is a must- have. Opt for clean lines and statement jewellery or pick out a more structured style like this butterfly ruffle-trimmed dress a feminine design that will work so well with delicate jewellery, thong sandals and a netted bag.
Topshop Floral Tea Dress
Feeling feminine, opt for a romantic and effortless to wear tea dress, known to be a go-to outfit for summer previous seasons before and still reigning in 2019. If you are already a fan of this must-have dress then you will know that Topshop is the best for providing great tea dress options for all. Go for a floral print to embrace the season’s trend and make an impact.
The Finishing Touches
Think of the small details, this season scrunchies and headbands are all the rage, from the simple black velvet to crystal-adorned and pattern heavy, choose your hair accessories to add a colourful edge to your outfit. Rixo’s Jasper in black pink tiger scrunchie is a fun addition to add print into your outfit and a pop of colour.
Maison Irem Necklace
Jewellery this season is nostalgic, think of the pieces you used to pick up as souvenirs from your childhood holidays, go for fun colourful and seashell adorned pieces and you will be right on trend, no necklace or earring can be too big, think statement.
Kenneth Jay Lane Earrings
For those less tempted by the idea of buying such bold and quirky jewellery, opt for the timeless trend of a heavy hoop earring – perfect for highlighting your face and adding a statement to a sleek white dress.