This weekend temperatures are set to reach a gloriously balmy – long overdue – 21 degrees. In celebration, we’ve rounded up the best high street buys to keep you looking current-season cool. Summer is finally incoming!
We have, in our opinion, been totally just in our typically British melancholy-attitude towards the erratic bouts of rain, hail et all. But we’re also not holding a weather-grudge. Which means we’ll be fully embracing the soaring temperatures that are set to leave us basking in Vitamin D all weekend long. Like it or not, our moods are intrinsically linked to the weather, and the Met office has kindly predicted highs of 21 degrees together with with uninterrupted sunshine on Sunday. That equates to pure joy in our book.
Combine the welcome change in temperature with the fact that it’s also perfectly legal to go somewhere cool, fun and chilled, with friends, and all of a sudden it might feel like your wardrobe requires a speedy refresh. Something that will leave you stylish and comfortable for this weekend, and well beyond. As today marks the start of the first long, hot spell of 2021, it’s as good a time as any to get acquainted with spring summer’s best fashion offerings.
Besides, the high street also happens to be awash with options right now. The ‘new-in’ sections for this month have been brimming with light colours ready to lend themselves to hot-footing around the city. Romantic separates perfect for skipping through Battersea Park. Plus, flowing, whimsical dresses and cool linen co-ords worthy of a day trip to the country or coast. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your park-to-pub attire, or need something with a little more pizzaz for cocktails around-the-clock, there are genuinely options worth adding-to-cart.
So, in celebration of the sun’s grand late entrance to this season, we’ve hit the high street to round up the best hot-weather buys. Keep scrolling to see the results.
& Other Stories
From pretty white midi dresses, to cool, pale green, linen co-ords and OTM accessories, & Other Stories has nailed effortless summer dressing. They've also just launched the sweetest kids' 'mini me' collection.
Floral Embroidery Dress, £95, www.stories.com
Mango has always manage to channel that French nonchalance through trend-forward but totally wearable pieces. Think breezy dresses like this cornflower blue number, fluid trews and tops with a twist.
Elastic Panel Dress, £49.99, www.mango.com
There's nothing quite like sweet coral shades to get you in the mood for warmer days. Whether it's a pretty print dress or a unapologetically feminine top and skirt combo, we're definitely peachy keen for this candy hue.
Airy Dress, £17.99, www.hm.com
Bermuda shorts are back and promise to go with almost-everything in your summer wardrobe. We'll be wearing ours with a louche boyfriend shirt, and contrasting accessories like ladylike flats and structured bags. They'll also pair perfectly with collared blouses like this one.
Embroidered Shirt, £25.99 www.zara.com
Marks & Spencer
For the best selection of flattering midi dresses - complete with frills and broderie details - look no further than M&S. From Per Una to Nobody's Child and Phase Eight, they have you covered. Accessories, too.
Pure Cotton Embroidered Midi Dress, £55, www.marksandspencer.com
If you're looking for something more directional - sleek Bermuda shorts and strappy heels make for perfect cocktail-hour attire. And flatter-all shades of lilac make everything instantly irresistible.
Adelaida Embroidered Frill Shoulder Blouse, Lilac, £35.99, www.johnlewis.com