Lately, my mind’s been wandering straight to thoughts of picnics in the sun, afternoons in beer gardens and the summer dresses I’ll be wearing over the next few months. I’m not alone, as I’m still seeing memes about the intense level of outfit planning needed for the occasions ahead. One excellent tweet I saw compared the level of decision-making now that restrictions are lifting to working out what to wear for a year-six disco.
And now that summer is here, I’ve been plotting what I’ll be adding to my wardrobe. Below, I’ve listed the 17 items that I think are welcome additions to any wardrobe in summer 2021 and make for a perfect capsule with a mix of basics and statement pieces.
I have included a blend of summer staples such as tank tops, basket bags and high-waisted jeans, which form the building blocks of any successful summer wardrobe. Of course, you can’t talk about summer without mentioning dresses, and for 2021, I’m loving joyful bright-pink dresses; simple white, flowing dresses; and even a black dress with cut-outs for after-dark events. When it comes to sandal trends, there is one style that has remained a front runner so far this year and will be perfect for walking thousands of steps: leather fisherman sandals. We can thank The Row for this one.
Keep scrolling for the 17 items that I think make the perfect capsule for summer 2021.
This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.
Next up, see our guide to the key trends for spring/summer 2021.