Okay, so the weather might only be hinting that summer is around the corner, but in our books, it’s never too early to start preparing your capsule summer wardrobe. If you can convince yourself it’s summer by splashing out on some new sunnies and daring to bare those pins, the sun might just follow suit…

Here at The Hut, we’ve been super busy rounding up a list of our must have summer essentials – and somehow, we’ve managed to narrow it down to a Top 5. Miraculous! We definitely deserve a lunch time cocktail for our amazing ‘whittling down’ skills…

1. The Maxi dress

Take style points to the max (pun intended!) with a staple summer trend that will never let you down. Versatile and easy to throw on, a maxi dress is the perfect way to kick start your summer wardrobe. We just love this Glamorous Women’s Split Maxi Dress in pink. Perfect for picnics in the park with sandals, or summer weddings with wedges, the casual sleeveless bodice keeps the look cool and wearable whilst the saucy thigh slit injects some heat. Cheeky!




2. The Playsuit

Yes it’s that time of year again. Time to bring those pins out of hibernation and introduce them to some sun (any chance?). A pretty playsuit is definitely high up on our list of summer essentials. They’re fun, flirty and super easy to just slip on and go – no more justification needed. We can’t get enough of the Vero Moda Women’s Flower Joe Playsuit. Floral print is out in force every summer, making this an investment piece with the added bonus of a flattering, floaty over-layer that will disguise any BBQ food babies. Oh yes, we’ve got it all covered.




3. The Cami top

It goes without saying, cami tops are a must for summer. With barely there straps, they’re so simple but so effortlessly chic – and they accentuate your décolletage like a dream. Ooh posh. We’ve spotted this gorgeous mint green Hettie Vest from Brave Soul and have been day dreaming about how to style it. Team it with a blazer and white ripped jeans for the evening, or throw it on with your fave denim cut offs to walk the dog – endless outfit opportunities with such little fabric. Yay!




4. The sunglasses

Us girlies at The Hut HQ can be sensible when we want to… and we know it’s important to protect those peepers from harsh UV rays in the summer. Undeniably the most essential accessory for summer (with pretty floral hair accessories a close second obviously…) we love how a new pair of sunnies never fail to make us feel stylish and confident (hiding the evidence of last night perhaps?). Go for a retro look this season with these Vero Moda’s Cat Eye Sunglasses which we L.O.V.E! It’s actual love. These feline faves will have you feline sexy… (sorry, couldn’t resist) and will go with the whole of your summer wardrobe.




5. The Jelly Sandals

We’ve arguably saved the best ’til last here, haven’t we? Nope, no need to adjust your sets or rejig your calendar. Yes it’s still the ‘noughties’ and yes, jelly shoes are back! How amazing is this?! Hark back to the days when you used to wear that little striped summer dress for school paired with your fave jellies and frilly socks – or was that just us? No need to worry though ladies, we aren’t saying you have to squeeze your feet back into your old pair… instead, try these Marshmellow Jelly Sandals from Mel. Bright pink and super summery, these cute little jellies will kick start your summer, even if the sun decides not to.


So that’s it for the five pieces we think your capsule summer wardrobe needs! And, because sometimes there is more to life than clothes (seriously…) don’t forget to stock your handbag with emergency hair ties for that mandatory summer topknot as well a good sun lotion  to protect your skin whilst you bronze.

What are your summer wardrobe must-haves?


Clare Potts

Clare Potts

Lifestyle Editor

If I’m not at my desk poring over my favourite blogs and online magazines for inspiration, you’ll find me exploring the fells of the Lake District, trying out a new restaurant or styling my future home on Pinterest.

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