This time of year is always tricky. One minute it is glorious sunshine, the next pouring down with rain. It makes preparing for summer all that harder. But before summer really kicks in, now is the perfect time to start getting that capsule collection together so whatever this summer throws at you – last minute BBQ, days at the beach, festivals – you will be ready! 

Luckily for you, here at Semple we’ve been doing our research and have tracked down the 10 must have summer items. Follow our guide so you can spend less time shopping and more time preparing those mojitos!


It goes without saying that summer means having some shades close to hand at all times. You never know when that elusive British sun might put its hat on after all! 


Miu Miu – Cat Eye Sunglasses, £225

Knee High Gladiators

Yes ladies, gladiators are back and this time they have supersized. Knee-high is the only way to go and the perfect way to dress up a casual t-shirt dress. Just avoid sunbathing unless you want to explain stripy legs for the rest of the season.


Valentino – Aphrodite, £745


Avid readers will know that us Semple girls like a casual pair of trainers to turn to every once in a while; the perfect antidote to the high maintenance gladiator for days when you just can’t face lacing yourself into a leg brace.


Nike – Air Max, £160

Boho Top

So boho is back but if you don’t want to go all out this time around give a nod to the trend with a simple white embroidered top.


Pull&Bear – Smock Top, £22.99

Maxi Dress

Summer just wouldn’t be summer without a maxi dress in your wardrobe. Whether you go for throw on over anything jersey style or wish to waft around in chiffon, make sure a maxi is a wardrobe staple.


Oasis – Pleated Maxi Dress, £65

Tea Dress

It’s inevitable that summer will throw up a formal social event or two and the tea dress is perfect go-to. Opt for florals if you are feeling girlie or go for structure and colour blocking to sharpen up the look.


Warehouse – Painted Floral Scuba Dress, £34.50


The kimono really had its moment last year but it remains a fashion favourite for those cover-up moments. Keep one handy to thrown over a camisole and jeans when the sun goes down.


Topshop – Cloudy Floral Print Kimono, £42

Cut away one piece

The bikini is over; for fashionistas it is all about the one-piece. A swimsuit doesn’t have to mean covered up, choose cute cut away pieces and neon brights if you want to grab attention poolside.


River Island – White Leaf Cut Out Swimsuit, £28

Beach ready shopper

The shopper is the perfect summer bag. Big enough to lug around all those essentials and casual enough for last minute trips to the beach.


Zara – Canvas Shopper Bag, £29.99


If this isn’t a summer staple for you then make it so now. Even our mild climate can wreak havoc with your skin so stay safe and cream up!


About the author

Fashion blogger Samantha has been contributing to the Semple blog for over two years now and loves coming up with fresh ideas for her weekly posts. Samantha is an fblogger through and through and enjoys nothing more than writing about fashion, giving her the perfect excuse for extensive ‘research’ through a little retail therapy. When Samantha is not at her day job or writing for Semple she’ll most likely be found binging on Netflix, eating peanut butter or shoe shopping….sometimes all at the same time – multitasker!

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