Monthly Must-Haves is a series highlighting the pieces that capture my attention and steal my heart each month. See another recent edition here.
In all honesty, July 2020 was pretty nondescript, much like the months that came before it. I mostly remained home, applied for jobs and worked out in the limited space of my parents’ living room. But that’s life in a pandemic, I guess. One marked improvement, however, has been the weather. Summer has finally hit full swing in the UK. (Funnily enough, as I’m writing this, the heavens have opened and it doesn’t look like it’ll stop raining for quite a while, but I’m just going to ignore that). And, with that, I’ve thrown off the sweatpants that dominated my daily style for much of lockdown and have started looking to pieces that’ll define my summer style. Think breezy fabrics and classic seasonal pieces and you get the idea behind my monthly must-haves for July 2020.
If you think about a classic summer shoe, your mind probably goes straight to pair of tan sandals. But, as of right now, I don’t own any. The ‘Clio’ by Ancient Greek Sandals is exactly what I’ve been looking for with a minimalist design and leather that will only get more beautiful with age. My feet are certainly ready for a little more freedom.
Striking the right balance between looking good and staying cool during summer can be rough. So thank God for the fact that scrunchies are trending. This gingham trio by Valet has recently taken my fancy. Between the sheer organza fabric and sweet pastel colours, they’re the perfect accessory for the season. I’m thinking of wearing them wrapped around a simple low ponytail or a messy bun.
Oversized totes are a huge trend right now and, unlike the mini bags that have dominated the market as of late, they’re actually practical. I love the simplicity of this canvas piece from Arket. This linen/cotton canvas gives it a summery feel while black contrast trimmings make it more polished than your average tote. Perfect for the city, the beach and wherever else the whirlwind of 2020 takes us.
Summer style wouldn’t be complete without a sweet floral dress. My wardrobe is packed with them, but will that stop me from buying another? Probably not. Reformation’s ‘Jo’ dress features a blue ditsy print, puffed sleeves and a shirred bodice. And, best of all, it’s made using fibres sourced from sustainably managed forests.
Is it just me or is the silhouette of the ‘Torino’ shirt from Aritzia reminiscent of one from Karl Lagerfeld’s last collection with Chanel? It’s cropped, with contrast buttons, bold utility pockets and slightly dropped shoulders. The double-faced cotton is perfect for staying cool in summer and I think it’d look great with everything from slip skirts to tailored trousers.
A few years ago, Réalisation Par released a leopard-print silk midi skirt that quickly became the most sought after piece of the summer. That skirt now has a little sister named the ‘Cookies’, a mini version of the uber-popular style. I’ve had a few issues with Réalisation Par in the past, namely the lack of lining in many of its pieces. But, if this skirt is anything like its older sister, it’ll be simply divine and a must-have addition to my wardrobe.
Knitwear for summer? Probably not the obvious choice but cool breezes still hit when the sun goes down and that’s a good enough excuse for me. Twinsets have been circulating for a while now and this cardigan and knit top set from & Other Stories takes my breath away. The stunning turquoise shade is very summer-appropriate and I’d happily wear it with literally any iteration of denim.
And, summer wouldn’t be summer without Birkenstocks. Unfortunately, the originals are far too wide for my feet but I’ve heard great things about this Marks & Spencer version. Plus, they have a perfect leg-lengthening platform that is always appreciated.
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