Seeking clothes perfect for the warmer months yet designed to do more? Discover our edit of summer investments that easily transform into autumn essentials, effortlessly preparing your wardrobe for the season ahead. SHOP NEW IN
Picture the scene. The mercury is rising. There's no air con. What do you wear on a hot summer's day to stay cool? The answer: a floaty dress in a lightweight fabric. It will let air circulate, while keeping you looking and feeling chic. Top tip? Opting for prints grounded in darker tones will offer transeasonal versatility, allowing you to layer them with rich-hued autumn knits and coats later.
If you're looking for casual summer outfit ideas, consider a midi length skirt an essential foundation piece. It will effortlessly pair with vest tops, t-shirts and swimwear when you're on holiday or relaxing in the garden. Come autumn, it's equally at home with knitted jumpers and chunky boots – creating cosy, comfy looks for weekend walks.
For us, this is one of the most important pieces of all. Not only will it serve an array of summer holiday outfit ideas – think with shorts, linen trousers and chinos – it will cater for the cooler season too. The trick is to choose a relaxed, looser cut for breathability when it's hot and layerability when it's chilly.
Can you wear black in summer? While it's a shade not usually associated with summer, we're all for it. A lightweight black jacket will draw focus to a brightly coloured dress – and will prove useful when temperatures drop. As the seasons shift, you can slip it over knits and wear it under coats as an additional layer.
What do you wear in summer? It's all a question of fit, fabric and futureproofing. Invest well and you'll enjoy much more wearability, because the best summer clothes accommodate for now and later. The same applies to workwear too – see our guide on how to dress for work in summer for our styling tips.