Spring/summer is my favourite time of year when it comes to fashion; the colours and patterns are more my style, the clothes are flowier and more comfortable, and who doesn't love chucking on a pair of shorts and a vest and frollicking in the sunshine?! We all have different seasonal staples, and I for one love seeing what other people turn to when they are stuck for an outfit, or what items of clothing make up their everyday looks, so I hope a few of you find my spring/summer staples interesting as well!
1) The kimono
I couldn't post this in SS15 without including the beloved kimono. I have three in my wardrobe and am always eyeing up pretty floral ones to add; I will most likely have one in every colour of the rainbow before summer is over. They go with absolutely everything and are a great alternative to cardigans when it's hot/humid and you just need a bit of extra coverage.
2) The floral playsuit
Duh. These have almost completely replaced floral dresses in my wardrobe, because they look so much more casual (with the ability to still dress up) and make the wind a problem of the past. For the past few summers I have slowly warmed to the idea of playsuits, and this year the highstreet has really stepped up its game, so with all the lovely designs it's hard not to have at least 10 in your collection, right?
3) The slouchy t-shirt
For years, I have been searching for the perfect slouchy, effortless, 'I-just-threw-this-on-and-went-outside-honestly' t-shirts, and finally I found them at H&M in the linen basics section. The thick linen material makes them so much more 'effortless' than cheaper cotton basics, which always seem to shrink in the wash and not fall quite right after a few wears. I have these in black and white and they are definitely coming with me on every holiday for the next 5 years.
4) The floral vest
Since I was about 14, no summer was complete without a floral vest of some description. Primark have some excellent designs this year, and their wider collection of motif tees are to die for as well. Perfect for holidays and everyday spring/summer outfits, any floral/motif vests you buy are pretty much guaranteed to still be in fashion years down the line.
5) The sandals
For people like me who despise flip flops and any sandals that go between your toes (hello blisters), over-the-toe sandals like these beauties from ASDA are a spring/summer life saver. This pair definitely do not look like they cost a tenner from a supermarket, but that's the whole point I suppose.
6) The floral shorts
Like the playsuit, floral shorts have been slowly taking over my wardrobe for the last few years. I remember a time when I wore more floral skirts than shorts, but since the trend of flowy culottes and skorts, I see no need for skirts that are weather-dependent or require an extra layer underneath for modesty. Way too much effort.
7) The statement trousers
Finally, the spring/summer trousers. Although I would love to keep this post to my top summer holiday essentials, that would not be accurate for the average British spring/summer, where we do spend half of the days with our legs covered. For spring/summer, I tend to stick with cropped trousers, and this statement pair from Matalan have been a staple for me for a few years now.
8) The neutral trousers
And a neutral counterpart is essential to complement all those pretty motif/floral tops that are already in your favourites! For spring/summer I always tend to keep it light, so as opposed to my usual black jeans, this beige number from ASOS have become my go-to.
What are your spring and summer essentials this year, and what are your favourite shops to get them from? :)