May has come around soooo fast and this warm weather has me thinking about an updated summer wardrobe for the months ahead. I’ve seen loads of amazing clothes and styles out there and tried to find cheaper options as alternatives for some of the more expensive versions I’ve been lusting over! As always, Mango and Zara are up top with incredible, relaxed summer collections, and Pull & Bear have a great range of co-ord sets that have left me unable to decide on just one…
1 – The Tank Top. A basic summer necessity. This simple but gorgeous Mango knit top is a dream. I’m envisioning it with off-white jeans, subtle gold jewellery and some casual sandals for a day-to-night holiday look.
2 – The Linen Shorts. I live in my denim shorts through the summer season, but this year I want to mix it up a little and branch out with some different textures. Linen is a must; it’s so breezy and effortlessly chic and khaki makes a change from black but still goes with pretty much everything, making these H&M shorts ideal (and they have massive pockets – winner).
3 – The Stripey Trousers. I’ve scoured through a million pairs (slight exaggeration) of stripy summer trousers, and these are my favourites so far. Zara have created the coolest, most flattering linen design that would work fabulously dressed up or down. I love the earthy tones and turned-up hems that keep them neutral.
4 – The Braided Sandals. Fresh inspiration for summer shoe styling comes from these adorable Mango sandals. I have so many pairs of flats and I’m not big into high heels (I’m the clumsiest person ever) so any sandals with a small, practical heel – especially chunky, vintage-vibe wooden ones – are right up my street. The whole retro feel to these shoes appeals to my style, and the embroidered flower pattern is stunning.
5 – The Summer Dress. Graduation is close approaching, and I’m feeling way behind in the hunt for a dress. This Ganni number has stolen my heart (and is on it’s way to stealing my bank balance), with its blue hues, cute flower pattern and puffy sleeves. While it’s wayyy out of my price range, it’s one of those investment pieces that would last summer after summer, although I’ll keep my eyes peeled for less pricey versions in the meantime. It has definitely spurred my graduation-dress hunt on though, and I think something like this would work a treat.
6 – The Itsy-Bitsy Yellow Bikini. I’m obsessed with yellow and orange for summer and think that a plain, crinkly bikini would compliment the rest of my wardrobe just fine. Topshop have a lovely set that’d look groovy under an oversized white shirt and offset with gold hoop earrings (just add pina-colada).
7 – The Gingham Co-ord. Inspired by a Whistles set that unfortunately was out of budget (but that you can shop here) I discovered this bargain Monki duo for a fraction of the price. It’d be dreamy for a city break with a basket bag and some oversized sunglasses (and it’s a print that’s steering me away from the masses of polka-dots I already own!).
8 – Vinyl of the month. Long-awaited and something completely different, Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino has surprised all us Arctic Monkeys fans with its mellow ballads and upper-class tinge. It has an element of The Last Shadow Puppets to its vampire-ish lyrics and haunting melodies and definitely somewhat of an American influence. The lads have obviously come a long way from their rowdy Sheffield days, and while its not what I was expecting in the way of shouty sing-along tracks, it still retains that hint of rock n’ roll they are so desperately fond of. I feel like it will become a bit of a soundtrack for this time in my life, as it was so eagerly anticipated and released just as I finished university. ‘The Ultracheese,’ ‘She Looks Like Fun,’ ‘Four Out of Five’ and ‘One Point Perspective’ are my most listened to as it stands, but it keeps changing! Buy it here on Amazon.
I hope you have a lovely month!