Summer Essentials

As much as my wardrobe is bulging, there is always room for a Summer update.

As I have a Summer holiday planned next month and a more exotic one in November I can’t help but keep thinking about tweaks to my existing ‘Summer Essentials’.  Needless to say, I use the word ‘essentials’ loosely!

There is nothing more exciting than going on a fabulous holiday with something new in your suitcase.

Accessories are always a fun place to start as they can really transform a simple outfit. (Click on image to get to link).

I do love a bit of fun and colour in my Summer wardrobe. These green malachite earrings are on the top of my wishlist. Monica Vinader who designs the pendant  does some great mix and match pieces which are ideal for layering and personalising – I have had one of these Marie pendants for about 5 years now and never tire of it. A light-weight charm bracelet is another timeless piece that comes out year after year.

A nice hat is definitely an essential. It’s important to get one that travels well, is not too big and that’s thin enough that it doesn’t make you hot.

Sunglasses are another essential that you can have fun with. There are so many to choose from!

(I personally find sunglasses-buying a nightmare as I have such a narrow face, so if anyone knows a brand that does less than a 14cm width frame –  let me know and I’ll love you forever!)

A basket is a great thing to have – I love my Pom-Pom laden Muzungu Sisters one but have also just bought this more subdued Heidi Klein version. It will go with anything and has beautiful bamboo handles, plus it can be made a bit more colourful with the addition of a scarf (like this Dolce one). The other great thing about it, is that it’s thin enough to fit into a suitcase. Sensi Studio is also great for hats and baskets (there are  some on The Outnet at the moment).

A smaller light-weight, cross-body bag is great for travelling and walking around towns and cities. They should keep your valuables a bit safer plus leave your hands free for shopping, chores, children, taking pics etc. (I love my vintage Gucci for this reason.)

Of course a wardrobe update would not be complete without new shoes!

A couple of pairs of heels are definitely an essential to any Summer wardrobe, I always go for a lower 85mm heel as they can be worn in the day or evening. Of course I am a massive fan of Aquazzura shoes – they are by far some of the most comfy I own. These red ones will look amazing with a tan and the black Jimmy Choo sandals I have in nude as well. They are so flattering.

Flats and slides are imperative. I adore these satin slides from The Row but they are a bit special for slopping around by the pool. I am still seeking a pair of slides that are splash-proof but more elegant. Any ideas?

Beachwear is something that a lot of women have a love/hate relationship with. It is always such a pain to try on and can be quite disconcerting but once you find the ideal piece it can make you feel amazing.

I have quite a selection of bikinis and swim suits partly because I swim quite a lot and when I go away I like to have a few different colours and cuts to choose from, as I hate getting tan lines. My favourite bikini designer is Heidi Klein. I love that she allows you to buy the tops and bottoms separately so you can mix and match according to your body type – there is something for every shape. I have recently bought the strapless bikini top above which I am going to pair with some blue bikini bottoms of hers which I found on The Outnet. The top is much more vibrant than it appears and is a beautiful woven fabric.

Every year I fall in love with another Missoni Mare kaftan! They really are stunning – such gorgeous colours and the fabric is so great – it doesn’t  crease and is nice and cool – the perfect travel companion.

I’m a big fan of prints and particularly love printed trousers.

I think they look really chic with a basic strappy sandal and plain silk camisole or if you’re feeling brave, a matching or clashing printed top.

I do love a day dress which can be switched up a notch for evening just by changing the shoes and bag, and by adding a touch of jewellery.

(The first off-the-shoulder Pucci piece is actually a top but as I’m only small, I would wear it as a dress – there are occasional upsides to being tiny!).

All these items are on my wishlists and a few pieces (such as the Jimmy Choos, striped jumpsuit, scarf and plain basket have already made it into my wardrobe).

What are you thinking of updating or adding to your wardrobe this Summer?

(Wearing Radley London hat, Bulgari sunglasses, Monica Vinader jewellery and Heidi Klein bikini (from The Outnet). In right hand pic – Sensi Studio hat & basket, Miguelina kaftan, Heidi Klein bikini all from The Outnet, Gucci sunglasses (old) and Missoni towel from Stylebop.)

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