Summer is my favourite season for everything, including fashion. I’m all about beachy, bohemian style – something you can’t really get away with for the majority of the months in England since it’s almost always cold and rainy.
Luckily, we’ve had some sunny weather this year (long may it continue!) so I’ve been able to get a few of my favourite pieces out. I actually feel that I’ve finally mastered my style this summer – there have been a few things that I feel my wardrobe has been lacking but I now think I’m pretty much set!
As you may already know, I’m on a sustainable journey and trying to move away from fast fashion, so a lot of these pieces are from more sustainable and ethical brands. At some point I’m hoping to write a piece on my sustainable journey and my favourite sustainable brands to shop, but until then here’s my summer look book!
I have been after a playsuit or dress in this style for the longest time, and it’s no surprise that I found the perfect one from a Byron Bay brand – aka the most beautiful, casual, beachy place ever and the area that I most want to live in the world. Afends are an amazing, surf-style brand who create beautiful pieces using sustainable materials, like hemp!
This playsuit is a very loose fit so it’s lovely and breezy for the summer, and perfect for throwing on over a bikini. I really love the chunky coconut buttons that give it such a beachy vibe, and the hemp-tencel blend is so lightweight and comfortable, not to mention super sustainable! The casual fit of this makes it a perfect item to throw on, and I think it’s a style that would work for everybody.
Since they’re an Aussie brand I figured they’d be difficult to get in the UK (which is an issue I run into a lot since almost all of my favourite brands are Australian), but Wasted Talent carry a lot of their items, and Afends even have a European website! This isn’t in stock anymore at Wasted Talent, but you can still pick it up from the brand’s site – I’m not sure whether there are duties and taxes from the European site, but I’ll update this if I ever find out.
I will live in a good pair of shorts in the summer, and I’ve really been living in these. They’re really comfortable thanks to the elasticated waist, which also creates a super flattering silhouette and helps to cinch in the waist.
The hemp blend again is so soft and comfortable, and even though these are slightly prone to wrinkling I kind of like the worn look it gives them. They’re actually more of a light blue-mint shade than it looks in the picture, which I’m a huge fan of – they really pop against a tan and work so well paired with everything.
I truly can’t rave enough about these, they’re the perfect shorts to throw on and lounge about in – I love them!
I love light knit, beachy jumpers, but I don’t really have that many in my wardrobe. This Free People one is pretty perfect – the ocean blue colour is so gorgeous and summery, and the light knit makes it perfect for those slightly cooler evenings. It’s the perfect beach jumper!
This is also a great transitional piece, it would work so well for spring as the winter chill just begins to thaw, and can carry you from summer into autumn before it starts to get too cold. I know I’ll get a lot of use out of this!
I’m in love with square necklines at the moment, and it’s one of the things that really drew me to this dress – that and the beautiful ruffle straps. I would have loved to have been wearing this dress paired with some sandals, strolling around somewhere warm and beautiful, but alas, I must wear it in my garden instead.
The shape of this dress is really flattering for all my square-shaped folks – it’s tight around the top but flows out from the waist, giving the illusion of hips. The sheer lace detailing around the neckline and the waist transforms this from a simple LBD into something really special, and you can just as easily dress this down as you can up! Definitely a wardrobe staple.
One of the other staple pieces I’ve been desperate to add to my wardrobe is a linen overall – or, I guess, shortall. I think they’re so cute for summer and perfect for throwing over a bikini or layering with a crop top.
I really wanted linen, as I know it’s a more sustainable material and it’s also just a really great fabric for summer. I love that this is black because it pairs with absolutely everything, and I can choose to add a pop of colour or keep it monochromatic. The raw hem on the legs really makes it for me, it’s such a rustic looking piece and everything I’ve been searching for!
Of course I had to include something from Spell, they’re one of my all time favourite brands – just super summery, unique and sustainable! Here we have another playsuit (can you tell I’m a playsuit/shorts fan?), it’s the most gorgeous coral shade with a beautiful, textured cotton fabric.
This is a great all-rounder piece; it can be paired with sandals beachside for the daytime and dressed up in the evening with a pair of heels. You can even layer it with a tee or a jumper and pair it with boots to help transition it into the autumn months! Every little detail, from the ruffles to the tassles and brass beads, makes this playsuit a bohemian dream.
Since Spell is quite difficult to find in the UK without having to pay a fortune in customs, I grab almost all of my pieces from Nepenthe! They get their hands on every collection and are very reasonably priced, I can’t recommend them enough!
So that’s my summery look book! I hope you guys enjoyed this post, let me know which outfit was your favourite and what you’re loving wearing this summer. See you next time,