February 27, 2021 at 06:00AM
We might not be out of puffer coat season just yet, but as soon as Boris Johnson announced the road map for the lifting of restrictions, my mind was wandering straight to thoughts of picnics in the sun, afternoons in beer gardens and the summer dresses I’ll be wearing for this re-entry into society. It seems like I’m not alone as at least half of the memes I saw were talking about outfit planning for June 21st—one excellent tweet I saw compared the level of outfit planning for June to deciding what to wear for a year six disco.
So it might not be officially spring just yet, but I can’t help but think forward to summer and start plotting the few pieces I’m going to be adding to my wardrobe. Below I’ve listed the 17 items that I think are a welcome addition to any wardrobe in summer 2021, and make for a perfect capsule with a mix of basics and wow statement pieces.
I have included a mix of summer basics such as tank tops, basket bags and high-waisted jeans, which form the building blocks of any successful summer wardrobe. Of course you can’t talk about summer without mentioning dresses, and for 2021 I’m loving bright pink joyful dresses, simple white flowing dresses and as a June 21st option, a black dress with cut-outs. When it comes to sandals trends there is one style which is a front-runner so far this year and will be perfect for walking thousands of steps—caged leather, fisherman sandals. We can thank The Row for this one.
Keep scrolling for the 17 items that I think make the perfect capsule for summer 2021.
Next up, see our guide to the key trends for spring summer 2021.