Both as consumers and corporations, we’re all becoming much more aware of the detrimental effect fast fashion is having on the environment. Torn into two parties, we have the fast fashion giants and tempestuous Instagram world on one hand and the ethical, sustainable brands on the other. In a world of instant gratification, we’re being conditioned to treat clothes as being disposable with many of us getting rid of garments after as little as seven to ten wears. Take into consideration that in 2015 the fashion industry produced 100 billion pieces of clothing despite there only being 7 billion people in the world and reason to adjust our attitude to our wardrobes needs no further explanation.
One way to do so is by considering purchases more carefully in terms of their versatility and how well they integrate into your existing wardrobes. What’s the lifetime wear of the piece? How many different ways can you style it? Ditch the one hit wonders and trend heavy pieces likely to die out next year and instead invest in pieces to last season upon season.
Here, we’re sharing the most versatile pieces that will leave you skipping through sunshine all summer long.
Nothing feels quite as breezy as throwing on a white dress during the summer time. It’s a literal blank slate to enter into the new season with a clear mind and a fresh look and whether minimalist or maximalist a classic white dress is perfect for achieving subtle, chic French girl style or for adding a splash of colour, allowing your boldest of accessories to take centre stage.
Last year Dune’s Loupes tan sandals took the high street by storm as the ultimate dupe to the iconic Hermes Oran Sandals. Constantly sold out, these beauties are worth holding on to should you have opportunity to make them your own. Thankfully, this time around fellow high street heroes have caught on to the trend, offering a range of alternatives within the tan sandals department.
A touch of silk luxury
Working with a capsule wardrobe doesn’t have to mean boring and conservative. If you’re keeping your wardrobe to a more limited selection, there’s got to be a little luxury here and there after all. This is where a touch of silk comes into play. Switch out cotton basics for a silk camisole and leave room for silk skirts and palazzo trousers to bring the elegance in your summer capsule wardrobe. Watch silk garments work overtime for work and play and you’ll start ticking sartorial versatility boxes everywhere.
Gone are the days of white skinny jeans, making room for their beige sibling for seasons to come. Offering a softer approach to bright whites, beige jeans take the boldness down a notch while also lifting a little pressure on the coffee spills and accidental stains that take place in everyday life. While the cropped cut is more on trend right now, for longevity we recommend a classic pair of straight cut jeans or ankle grazers.
Proving that carefully curated capsule wardrobes truly stand the test of time is the recent revival of strappy heels that have taken over the summer fashion scene. This is the trend you’ll be buying in a range of colours thanks to their reliable versatility. Plus, other than the sandals, strappy heels are the perfect finishing touch to every other garment we’ve mentioned in this article.
Here’s to a summer of making styling simple while also incorporating more sustainable practices into our shopping habits.