When I first saw a video of Larissa Mills and her daughter Ella on TikTok, I immediately hit the follow button. As someone who lurks on social media almost daily doing sartorial research, things can often get repetitive. But with Mills, I am always excited to see what outfit she and her daughter will be sporting for the day. When I asked her to describe her style, she said it was “classic, undone, simple, tailored and feminine. I put detail on form as well as function. I don’t like ‘perfect’ style. If something looks too well matched or too done, I’ll need to mess it up a little.” I’ve said this before, but at 50 years old, Mills is living proof that trends and style have absolutely no age limit. I’m 23, and I find myself hitting the save button on many of her outfits.
While she’s already shared with us her wardrobe staples, I just had to know more. This time, I asked about the pieces she relies on for the summertime, and she certainly delivered. Needless to say, I’m influenced yet again. Keep scrolling to shop her summer picks. (I know I am.)
“Levis high-waisted, mid-thigh jean shorts are my favourite. They’re classic, flattering, and very functional. They can be worn with a body suit and flip-flops for a super casual look or a long-sleeve silk blouse, low-heeled sandals, great jewellery, and bag to look polished and chic.”—Larissa Mills
Add a relaxed feel with a distressed pair.
A summer staple you’ll rely on forever.
This darker wash looks great with everything.
This longer length can be dressed up or down.
“Long-sleeve linen shirts by Left on Friday or J.Crew are the epitome of form and function. They are ideal for warm days and evenings. They’re soft, so I can tie them in different ways depending on whether I’m wearing a high-waisted or low-waisted pant.”—Mills
This short-sleeve style is perfect for summer.
A true wardrobe staple.
Neutral tones look instantly elevated.
Rely on airy linen for warm summer days.
“I love vintage crossbody bags—my favourites are from Fendi, Gucci, and Prada. In the winter, I tend to stuff my phone and wallet in my jackets but in the summer I don’t have that option. I love the crossbody because it’s less fussy and I don’t have to worry about leaving it somewhere.”—Mills
Wear cross body or as a tote bag.
Just a bit of searching can reveal a real gem.
Shopping vintage lets you find unique, stand-out pieces like this circular cross body.
“I own linen pants in white, black, and tan from Posse but I also have many from a small boutique in Mexico called Ziva Tulum. They’re effortlessly chic for summer and so versatile. I can go grocery shopping in them with a tank and flip-flops during the day and then throw on a striped oxford, blazer, and great jewellery for night.”—Mills
This slow fashion brand is one to know.
This khaki hue goes with everything.
If you have plenty of black pieces, brown is just as classic.
For work, free time or evening.
“Great sunglasses are a must-have. For me, Smith glasses have been a staple for years but I am also loving Oscar x Frank for more statement-looking ones.”—Mills
I’ve fallen for the neutral pair.
Hexagon shapes suit all face shapes.
This tortoiseshell pair has a vintage feel.
“I love a black mid-calf silk slip dress. They’re popular right now, but for me, they’re always popular. I have a Miu Miu black silk slip dress and it’s one of my best purchases. I’ve worn it at least three times every summer for the last 20 years and it’s still a favourite.”—Mills
We won’t stop singing the praises of this dress.
How heavenly is that neckline?
A wardrobe hero.
An elegant addition to any wardrobe.
“I’m so covered up in the winter so a big star staple in the summer for me is jewellery—necklaces, bracelets, and watches in particular. I love my Cartier tank watch as a staple, and then I add newer and more fun ones to layer like my SC Collection pearls, Ella cross earrings, and Coutukitsch zodiac/snake charm necklaces, and hoop/charm earrings. Love!”—Mills
Combine elegance and modernity.
If you’re looking for fine jewellery, look no further.
Mix up your ear stack by combining round and rectangle hoops.
This zodiac constellation necklace is the perfect finishing touch.
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