The resort shirt
For sun-soaked getaways or warm days in the city, a short-sleeved shirt manages to be both bang on the money for now and the sort of piece you’ll wear on rotation well beyond this season. Australian brand Matteau has made the silhouette a signature, with its white cotton-poplin design the perfect pick for layering over a slip dress, or a vivid bikini and cut-off denim shorts. Alternatively, reach for Louisa Ballou’s ‘Weekend’ shirt – a bold design that instantly evokes a tropical mood.
In the run-up to the much-anticipated launch of the Barbie movie, fashion’s love for all things hot pink shows no sign of abating. The best way to wear it now? Add a pop via luxe accessories – we love Balenciaga’s croc-effect ‘Le Cagole XS’ bag in fuchsia, or Gianvito Rossi’s patent-leather and PVC ‘Elle 85’ mules in the brand’s vibrant Bloom shade.
A crochet dress
The ’70s are firmly back on the style agenda and, as vacation season approaches, there are few styles that feel more fitting than a crochet dress, which instantly delivers a freewheeling mood (á la Daisy Jones) with haute homespun appeal. See Dodo Bar Or for patchwork perfection in a classic long-sleeved midi, or hunt down Frame’s vacation-ready striped halterneck mini dress – part of the brand’s collaboration with British Vogue fashion director Julia Sarr-Jamois.
With alfresco entertaining in the spotlight again, reach for sleek and stylish pieces that will up the ante on your hosting. Look to Fazeek’s vintage-inspired coupes – an elegant choice for cocktails or Crémant, and a beautiful addition to your glassware cabinet. Then pair them with Maison Margaux’s ‘Peony’ linen embroidered napkins, exclusive to NET-A-PORTER, to create an inviting retro mood.
The gladiator sandal
When the mercury rises, flat sandals are a closet staple. This season’s hot tip? The gladiator. A firm runway favorite for SS23, the best pairs feature a fuss-free silhouette and polished hardware, so team Chloé’s leather ‘Rebecca’ design with breezy white dresses or summer tailoring, or try Isabel Marant’s ‘Jools’ in classic black. You’ll wear both on repeat with everything, from downtime denim to sunshine-ready printed maxi dresses.
For elegant style with something extra, look to the latest pieces crafted exclusively for NET-A-PORTER. This sleek midi shirt dress forms part of a capsule collection by Italian house Tod’s, and the yellow-ochre cotton poplin makes it a sophisticated summer choice. Alternatively, seek out Nili Lotan – the New York-based brand is well known for its understated detailing, as demonstrated by this exclusive ‘Lanette’ blouse in embroidered ramie.
The luxe bucket hat
Whether you’re packing for a vacation or anticipating a temperature spike at home, a summer hat is essential. The silhouette of the season is, yet again, the ’90s bucket, remixed by brands to create luxurious versions of this lo-fi design. See hip young designer Ultraviolhat for one-of-a-kind crochet pieces in a head-turning palette, or rely on Loewe, whose coral-orange terry-toweling style, crafted in collaboration with Paula’s Ibiza, is perfect for an island getaway.
A compact bag
An ’00s icon, petite, structured shoulder bags designed to carry no more than your essentials are the style of the moment – and, beautifully made iterations by the power brands secure longevity, too. Saint Laurent’s ‘Le 5 à 7’ in black is a timeless design that will add polish to every look, while Gucci’s off-white leather silhouette can be carried via the top handle or worn cross-body for hands-free nonchalance.
Silver or gold? These days, deft designers are banishing the age-old jewelry dilemma and opting for both. Israel-based designer Maor’s chunky chain necklace is a case in point: crafted in alternating links of 18-karat gold and sterling silver, it’s a bold piece that will work with any summer ensemble. Alternatively, look to Jade Trau, whose gold and platinum ‘Penelope’ ring design is finished with the brand’s customary finesse.