The wardrobe essentials you need to achieve the European summer look

Posted: 27 January 2022 12:22 pm
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POV: You're walking through the streets of Italy with a gelato in hand and all your worries have disappeared.

Do you find it difficult to dress up in the summer because it's just too hot? Or do you religiously rotate the same tank tops and shorts and call it a day? If you're looking to switch up your summer look this season, we're taking major inspo from our European summer Pinterest boards, and of course, our Swedish It girl, Matilda Djerf.

This capsule-style wardrobe prioritises soft, natural elegance with timeless pieces that pair with one another to create a range of outfits. This makes it ideal for any 1-suitcase travel plans you may have, and your wallet too!


Girl wearing a white oversized button up with cream coloured silk pants holding a mini orange handbag

Source: Pinterest

Oversized button-ups

Button ups are a year-round staple but are a perfect pairing for the summertime as a light layering piece. They're thin enough to keep you cool, while also providing you with some sun protection for those long days at the beach.

Where to shop:

Atmos&Here Gordon Oversized Cotton Shirt<br>(RRP: $69.99)
Atmos&Here Gordon Oversized Cotton Shirt
(RRP: $69.99)

THE ICONIC

Oversized Cotton Stripe Shirt<br>(RRP: $39.99)
Oversized Cotton Stripe Shirt
(RRP: $39.99)

Glassons


Linen pants

For the hotter weather, we vote to ditch the jeans. Instead, opt for lighter linens or loose fitting pants that won't stick to your legs in the heat.

White linen pants are always a strong choice, but you'll find a wide range of colours out there that can help spice up your outfit if that's more your vibe.

Where to shop:

Source: Pinterest

Stradivarius Wide Leg Relaxed Pants in Ecru<br>(RRP: $40)
Stradivarius Wide Leg Relaxed Pants in Ecru
(RRP: $40)

ASOS

Traceable Linen Pintuck Bootleg Pant<br>(RRP: $59.99)
Traceable Linen Pintuck Bootleg Pant
(RRP: $59.99)

Glassons


Girl posing in an alleyway wearing a maxi yellow summer dress

Source: Pinterest

Summer midi/maxi dresses

We're convinced that a good summer dress can make you feel like you're in Italy wherever you are. Longer, flowy summer dresses are an easy way to get that effortlessly put-together look while also keeping you cool. Some of our personal faves are from Realisation Par and Jagger and Stone.

Where to shop:

Monaco Sweetheart Midi Dress in Botanical Floral<br>(RRP: $79.95)
Monaco Sweetheart Midi Dress in Botanical Floral
(RRP: $79.95)

Showpo


Mini dresses

Mini dresses are the perfect casual pieces for daywear and don't require a lot of thinking when putting an outfit together. They can also easily be dressed up or down depending on how you accessorise which is great for versatility.

Solid colours, like a classic LBD, make it easy to incorporate with your other pieces but if you're feeling funky, opt for a more playful print and make it your statement piece.

Where to shop:

Girl in alleyway wearing a cream coloured floral mini dress with a black mini shoulder bag over her shoulder

Source: Pinterest

Nellie Mini Dress Yellow Floral<br>(RRP: $65)
Nellie Mini Dress Yellow Floral
(RRP: $65)

Princess Polly

Taya Green Print Mini Dress<br>(RRP: $69.99)
Taya Green Print Mini Dress
(RRP: $69.99)

Beginning Boutique


Girl wearing a short blue summer dress with a beige oversized blazer

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Blazers

Even if you're not going for the European summer look, everyone should have a good blazer in their wardrobe. A blazer instantly adds a little bit of class and maturity to an outfit, making it the perfect piece to throw on before going out to dinner.

Wear it with a mini dress to elevate your look or tie it in with some loose fitting pants for a more casual glam appearance.

Where to shop:

Revy Oversized Blazer in Lilac Linen Look<br>(RRP: $99.95)
Revy Oversized Blazer in Lilac Linen Look
(RRP: $99.95)

Showpo

Traceable Oversized Linen Blazer<br>(RRP: $79.99)
Traceable Oversized Linen Blazer
(RRP: $79.99)

Glassons


Mini skirts

Mini skirts are yet another piece that are perfect for throwing on at night time and dressing up an otherwise more casual top.

Pair with an oversized button-up for a lifted casual look or with a more delicate top for a classier vibe.

Where to shop:

Girl wearing an oversized white button up with a pink and orange striped mini skirt and holding a mini orange handbag

Source: Pinterest

Ellery Mini Skirt Black<br>(RRP: $54.95)
Ellery Mini Skirt Black
(RRP: $54.95)

White Fox Boutique

Roslyn Check Mini Skirt Sage<br>(RRP: $59.99)
Roslyn Check Mini Skirt Sage
(RRP: $59.99)

Beginning Boutique


Girl wearing a bright pink mini dress with an oversized brown blazer and yellow strappy sandals

Source: Pinterest

Sandals

A cute pair of sandals will do wonders for this capsule wardrobe. Under any dress or some wide legged pants, sandals will dress up your fit perfectly and act as a transitioning piece to any night-time look.

If you're not quite sure what pair is right for you, check out our favourite summer shoe trends for 2022.

Where to shop:


Sneakers

Afterall, when you're walking the streets of Italy, you'll want to be comfortable. A classic white sneaker will always deliver and work seamlessly with the neutral wardrobe that we're building. A chunkier shoe can also help dress down a more elegant piece, adding another layer of versatility to the wardrobe.

Where to shop:

Girl wearing a mini yellow summer dress with chunky white sneakers

Source: Pinterest

Adidas Originals Forum Bold Sneakers in Triple White<br>(RRP: $170)
Adidas Originals Forum Bold Sneakers in Triple White
(RRP: $170)

ASOS


We hope that with these wardrobe staples you are one step closer to achieving the European summer dream, wherever you may be.

If you're still looking for more summer fashion inspo, check out our round-up of summer trends to try in 2022.

Need help restocking your wardrobe? Check out the latest fashion deals, see retailers with free shipping offers and shop across our extensive buying guides.

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