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Whilst many stoically maintain that its barbecue weather from May 1st, the reality of the British summertime is often a somewhat different situation. That’s not to say that it’s rainy doom and gloom from here on in though, there will undoubtedly be some beautiful days in the mix (usually when least expected). Varied? Yes. Predictable? Unlikely. Embrace the temperamental nature of the English Summer by preparing outfits that will keep you cool in the heat and dry come a spontaneous shower.

Layering is the obvious answer; just make sure your lightest layer is one you’re happy to have on show – fingers crossed the weather will permit it. Read on for our go-to investments to see you through summer and beyond. 

lightweight layering

                  Flori Frill Knit Jumper £70  /  Lola Lace Knit Cardigan £55  /  Mila Milano Jumper £60

Summer Knitwear

Summer and knitwear may not be phrases that ordinarily go hand-in-hand. However don’t be afraid of investing in knits for the summer season, just keep them lightweight. Preparedness is key, particularly for all-day events; cardigans and jumpers that can be thrown over summer dresses and tops are often saviours come evenings or overcast days.

summer jacketsSuedette Biker Jacket £95  / Lace Mix Bomber Jacket £90  /  Paige Parka Coat £120

Lightweight Outerwear

Remember that transitional coat you bought in March and thought you wouldn’t need come May? Realistically, cost per wear may be better than expected. A go-to piece of spring/summer outerwear will be a useful addition to this seasons’ wardrobe. Choose a classic style you can layer over everything from dresses to lightweight trousers and shorts. Casually drape over shoulders for that ‘just threw it on’ je ne sais quois. 

midi-length summer clothes

Linen Wide Leg Trousers £65  /  Lucia Lace Mix Dress £110  /  Tune In Printed Culottes £65


For the in-between British weather, a 3/4 leg length is a sensible choice. A midi dress or cropped trouser will see you prepared for any condition. With a myriad of shapes and styles available, there’s a midi length option for any occasion. Try a fit and flare dress for formal events or evenings out, or a casual chambray option for a daytime look. If you choose a voluminous culotte, trouser or skirt, opt for a cinched waist to create a more defined silhouette.   

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