The classic shirt dress has been given a high-fashion makeover this season and Norma Kamali’s floor-sweeping gown is a case in point. Keep it contemporary with biker boots and an oversized blazer. For a more colourful take on the summer dress, look to Le Linge, which has created the perfect LRD (little red dress). Throw it on with pointed kitten heels and Jacquemus’s Le Bisou Perle bag and prepare to feel very Golden Age Hollywood.
Thanks to the UK experiencing variable weather, our minds have already turned to transeasonal layers. A denim shirt is our first port of call, and Cos’s oversized iteration comes in a dreamy deep navy that feels casual, yet polished. H&M, meanwhile, has provided us with seasonless cashmere in the form of a grey, short-sleeved knit: just style with a full-skirted midi and pointed shoes for Prada autumn/winter 2023 vibes. We also have to give a call-out to the It-trainer of 2023: Onitsuka Tiger’s Mexico 66 sneaker.
The autumn runways were filled with traditionally ladylike get-ups: think cardigans, midi-skirts and prim-and-proper handbags. Recreate the look with Hades’s photo-print knit and Miu Miu’s knee-length Panama skirt. If you want to subvert your pearl-clutching look then we recommend adding a little PVC: see The Row’s kitten-heel high-shine boots.
There aren’t many fashion items that are more iconic than a Dior Bar jacket, and we just happen to have found a plaid iteration in Hardly Ever Worn It’s new-in edit. Make like Carrie Bradshaw and style this with form-fitting capri pants and ballet pumps. Jean Paul Gaultier’s Breton stripe is another worth addition to the fashion hall of fame, and the brand has reworked the motif for a new season in the form of a cheeky corsage-embellished crop top.
While we are solidly in high summer territory, we can’t help thinking about how we will transition our warm weather staples to the cooler months. First stop? A pair of suede biker boots, which will give your favourite summer dress longevity. Elsewhere, Loewe has delivered the perfect directional-yet-practical tote bag, which will be a dream for both travelling, work and weekend-ing.
As anyone who is familiar with the British weather will know, you need a good jacket to hand at all times. Conveniently, Khaite has created the perfect oversized leather iteration, which will look beyond cool with everything from floaty dresses to casual denim cut-offs. Another year-round hero is a Vivienne Westwood tartan skirt: wear now with a tank top and ballet flats, then swap-in a navy crew neck knit come autumn.
Looking for workwear with personality? Pucci’s printed silk shirt will fit the bill nicely. Just throw over a pair of tailored trousers and accessorise with loafers and aviator sunnies. Jewellery brand, Loveness Lee, is another winner when it comes to minimal-effort, maximum-impact dressing, and its pearl-and-silver necklace is most certainly worth the investment.
According to team Vogue, With Nothing Underneath makes the best shirts in the business, and it just so happens that, this week, the brand has launched a capsule collection with Free People. Style the brand’s classic striped shirt with Mango’s metallic jeans and a pair of Mulberry’s newly-launched sunnies.
Bring the summer holiday vibes back to the city with Faithfull The Brand’s sun-drenched collaboration with Monikh Dale. The striped linen co-ord is a real highlight. Elsewhere, we have Completed Works’s personality-packed earrings, which have just dropped on Matches, and Alaïa’s 2023 spin on the slouchy boho bag. We’re into it.
Elevated basics are probably the hardest-working pieces in our wardrobes as they pack a sartorial punch with very little effort. This season we love Loewe’s two-tone, criss-cross jeans, which will make a simple white tee look instantly more directional; Helmut Lang’s asymmetrical black minis and lesser-known label Olivia Rose The Label’s rosette-adorned linen top.
Rixo has long been a go-to brand for throw-on summer dresses, but this season they’ve stepped-up their game with a size-diverse capsule collection created in collaboration with Abisola Omole. The block-coloured knit midi-dress is a chic alternative to a floral dress and comes in sizes 6 through to 26. Comfy shoe-lovers, meanwhile, need to check out Birkenstock’s re-released Boston Eva, aka a duvet day in shoe form.
If you’re looking for a bit of high-low styling this summer, we recommend a tie-dye tee and maxi skirt – Ganni’s black cutout comes pre-approved by Vogue’s Naomi Smart. When it comes to accessories, meanwhile, Yuzefi’s metallic fortune cookie shoulder bag features an unusual distressed finish that will look good with both daytime and evening looks.
We love a good summer dress, and thankfully high street and designer brands alike have delivered plenty of lust-worthy styles this season. At the top of our list? Issey Miyake’s monochrome pleated midi and Mango’s colour-pop corset dress, which will be ideal for hot holidays. Finish your look with The Row’s cult Half Moon bag in chestnut brown.
British Vogue’s LuisaViaRoma show in Florence was a moment for the fashion history books, and it just so happens that the key looks are now available to buy online. First up? Alexander McQueen’s femme fatale red gown: a red carpet-ready show-stopper if we ever saw one. For more low-key moments, a pair of striped shorts will do the job nicely – just add a white tank top and Julietta Islander’s striking shell necklace.
Pyjama-inspired trousers have been taking over this season, both home and away – think loose-fitting silhouettes and striped fabrics in an array of colourways. Massimo Dutti’s brown iteration is a highlight. Elsewhere, Ganni is offering-up the perfect summer cowboy boot: just use them to add interest to your favourite floaty summer dress.
Shorts have long been a warm weather staple, however, according to the latest men’s fashion week shows, tailored iterations are set to stay, right through until summer 2024. Invest now with Arket’s black linen-blend pair and style with Loewe’s colour-pop mesh top. Meanwhile, for anyone heading on holiday, Christopher Esber’s chic cutout swimsuit is sure to turn heads.
Thanks to the Noughties resurgence, Tom Ford’s Gucci years have stepped back into the style spotlight, with fashion editors setting stock alerts for archival originals. We found this horsebit waist belt, which would make a cool accompaniment to tailored trousers or a maxi dress. Speaking of icons, 16Arlington’s cult Solaria dress is back in a new chocolate brown colourway. Run don’t walk.