I’m a Fashion Expert—Here Are 30 Elevated Pieces Worth Buying This Summer

I’ve worked in the fashion industry as a stylist and editor for close to a decade, so I’d say by now I’m pretty confident in spotting a great wardrobe buy when I see one. Over the years, I’ve seen trends and cult items come and go, experimenting with some along the way. No doubt they were fun while they lasted, but these days, I’m much more about investing in elevated pieces that I know will stand the test of time, whether that means pinpointing the most expensive-looking high-street finds or saving up for luxury pieces I truly love. 

It can be so easy in summer to get carried away with the influx of cheap prints and playful designs that pop up, but taking a step back and considering what might have a seasonal sell-by date is so important if we’re going to curate more sustainable wardrobes that last. I try my best, instead, to veer towards classics that I’ll want to wear at any age—like linen dresses and separates or timeless prints like stripes and the odd elevated floral. My colour palette is usually quite minimalist, with a few splashes of my favourite brights peppered in. And most importantly, wearability and versatility are top of my list when considering a summer buy. Are these trousers comfy enough to wear all day but smart enough for the office as well? Can I wear this dress for summer events like weddings with heels as well as at weekends with flats and over a bikini at the beach? Will this jacket work in autumn just as well as right now?

M&S linen is one of my expensive-looking summer go-tos. 

It’s a lot to think about, especially when we all lead such busy lives these days. But if you’re with me and looking for summer pieces that tick all these boxes, you’re in luck. Below, I’ve added links to my current (dream) summer wish list featuring only the best of the best buys to save you all the scrolling. Of course, I won’t be buying all of this, but rest assured any one of these items will add value to your existing summer wardrobe. 

Keep scrolling to see and shop the fashion expert–approved summer items you’ll never regret. 

Dôen is the dress brand of choice for all fashion editors (and influencers) right now. They’re just so easy and wearable. 

I love that you can wear this cute basket bag as a crossbody. 

These sandals have become a modern icon, and I can see why. They instantly elevate any simple summer outfit, from jeans to linen to dresses. 

So many influencers, from Monikh to Jessica Skye, have persuaded me that this set is perfect for summer. 

Whether you’re 25 or 55, this timeless dress will be a staple in your wardrobe for many years. 

I’m due a trainer update, and Vejas are my favourite style for wearing with dresses in summer. 

I like my dresses to be versatile, and this is one of those styles that will take you from weddings to the office to weekends and on holidays. 

A great white tank top is the crux of a successful summer wardrobe. 

I’ve been searching for a less trend-led chunky sandal, and of course, Totême has produced the perfect timeless pair I know I’ll turn to again and again. 

I can’t get enough of this juicy orange colour this summer. It pairs really well with all your classic neutral accessories, and this dress in particular is your answer for warm days in the office. 

Of all the woven tote bags out there, this one is top of my list. 

This dress is spectacular and will wow at any summer event you have coming up. 

I can see these polished shorts looking heavenly with just a white tank, a black blazer and any of the sandals on this list. 

This classic black dress can be styled four ways for extra versatility.

These tailored linen trousers will keep you cool but still feel really chic. 

A timeless summer wardrobe staple. I’ll be wearing mine with denim shorts and strappy sandals. 

I can’t get over how premium this high-street dress looks. It would obviously work for more formal events or date nights in the city, but I also love the idea of it for balmy holiday evenings with a minimalist flat sandal. 

I know this is an investment, but it’s an incredibly smart one. Whether you’re in need of a carryall for the plane, for work or for everyday errands, this is a bag to see you through all seasons, and the leather will only get better with age.  

I want to wear these with every outfit I plan in my mind right now.

I stand by my long-time opinion that Hunza G does the best swimsuits. 

The neckline on this classic white dress won me over instantly. 

I plan on wearing this with jeans and sandals but also throwing it over wedding guest and summer-occasion dresses. 

This set is just so fresh and fun. Here are the matching shorts. 

Want to look rich? Invest in these effortless trousers. 

Triangle bikinis are back, and I can never resist stripes in the summer, so this is an all-around winner in my eyes. Here are the matching bikini bottoms. 

I love a cosy striped jumper for cooler summer evenings in the UK, especially for staycations. This best seller has just come back in stock. 

This top looks anything but high-street. Minimalists, this one’s for you. 

I recently tried this on for research purposes and have barely taken it off since. 

Well done, Arket. This dress is a throw-on but polished winner. 

These have been on my dream summer wish list for years, which only proves how timeless they are. I think this will be the year I finally take the plunge. 

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