Chic Summer Essentials

You’ll be wearing these pieces for years

There are certain things that every woman needs in her summer wardrobe – practical pieces that take us from beach to bar and that shield us from the elements all while keeping our style in check. Here are our picks of summer essentials that you will happily wear year after year.

The essential hat

Summer stripes, lightweight straw and a gorgeous structure that will keep your face, neck and ears protected from the hot, summer sun, Eugenia Kim’s ‘Annabelle’ hat has got you covered. Practical enough for the beach and sophisticated enough for the city, you will be wearing this beauty all summer long. Available at Net-a-Porter.

Find a hat that will keep your face, neck and ears covered
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The essential tote

A quintessential summer outfit is never quite complete without an element of woven raffia. Natural and durable, a raffia tote is not only great for the beach it’s also the perfect accessory to complete your weekend look. Oroton’s Wren tote is an elevated take on the humble, natural weave basket with its smooth, whiskey-coloured leather and just a touch of brass hardware. Available in three sizes at Oroton.

A woven raffia bag is an essential in summer
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The essential sunglasses

Statement sunnies are an absolute summer essential and while they may be a fabulous accessory, they also have to protect our eyes from the blazing sun. These shield sunglasses by Chanel are everything! Offering 100 per cent UVA and UVB protection, these shades take summer glam to new heights with their 24-karat gold mirror lenses. Available at Chanel boutiques and participating retailers.

Choose sunglasses that offer 100% UVA and UVB protection
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The essential slides

They may be made for poolside pleasure, but these slides are stylish enough to pair with just about anything. Balenciaga’s Piscine logo-embossed slides not only look great, but they also have moulded footbeds that will keep you comfortable all day long, taking you places your trusted rubber thongs just can’t. Time for a trade-in? Available at Net-a-Porter.

Slides look great with everything
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The essential swimsuit

With seemingly endless patterns, colours and shapes to choose from, shopping for a swimsuit can be extremely overwhelming so, when in doubt, keep it simple. Uncomplicated, but never dull, nautical stripes or abstract patterns in classic colours are classy, cute and never go out of style. Calvin Klein’s Abstract bikini top and bikini bottom are bold enough to make a statement, but classic enough to confidently wear for seasons to come. Roxy’s Printed Beach Classics bikini top and bikini bottom, in a sporty red and white stripe, are timeless pieces that deliver on both the style and comfort fronts. Calvin Klein and Roxy swimwear are available at Myer.

A bold abstract bikini will never date
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