Kitting yourself out for a new season can be a bit of a minefield, especially if you’re trying to avoid parting with huge wads of cash. Luckily we’ve cherry-picked the best key pieces to see you through to when the days are getting shorter and it’s time to put the socks back on. Get ready for a summer of fun, football and fine new threads.
1. The basic tee
The warm-weather staple, nothing says summer like a fresh T-shirt. Working with anything from jeans to jazzy shorts to tailored trousers, this three-pack from ASOS will mean you have a backup supply and save you from getting too acquainted with the washing machine (for a few days, anyway).
2. The printed shorts
Ultimate holiday vibes guaranteed, even if you’re just chilling in your backyard with some Balearic beats blasting from your phone. Pick up some printed shorts to get in that late-night-on-the-beach mood, and pair with a plain tee for a winning combo to take you from the sand to the bar and back again (or fridge to garden to sofa).
3. The white Oxford shirt
Need a smarter edge without getting suited and booted and suffering in the heat? Pick up a crisp white Oxford shirt - the button-down collar and easy-to-iron fabric make it a winner when you’ve got to nail that dapper-without-trying look, and the colour will help reflect any rays. Wear open over a white tee for a more casual take - just try not to spill ragu down the front on date night.
4. The technical bomber
A technical bomber jacket in a dark shade will work with jeans, trousers, tees and shirts - the whole works. Breathable fabric with a sportswear-inspired edge, this piece will not only be your go-to summer outerwear choice but will also prove a useful layering option when the colder weather comes around. A multi-season winner!
5. The white trainers
Minimal, chunky, and backed by an unbeatable vintage pedigree, the Air Force 1 ticks all the trend boxes for summer kicks. Keeping it clean and fresh, team with a basic tee and some slim black jeans or chino shorts for the perfect balmy evening get-up.
6. The bag
No longer just for parents on holiday, the cross-body bag is one of summer's key streetwear accessories, nailing the ‘dad-core’ trend with ease. Cult American brand Eastpak are the kings of baggage, offering a load of cool colours matched with hard-wearing materials and construction. Perfect for stashing valuables at a festival or while travelling, it works equally as well just for holding your pennies when you nip to the shop for a pint of milk.
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