Over the last decade or so that I’ve spent working in fashion, I’ve often been asked for style advice. Whether it’s what to wear to a wedding, how to build a capsule work wardrobe, or how to breathe new life into a wardrobe that feels a little “samey,” I know how to translate a trend into something wearable. What’s the most common topic I get asked about? Seasonal styling advice. Autumn and winter might call for functional dressing that’s as comfy as it is chic, but spring and summer are the perfect time to peel off the layers and focus on the outfits that make you look and feel your best. In the interest of building a timeless and versatile wardrobe, I always look for pieces that will stand the test of time. So how do you find the right summer styles for your wardrobe? Well, I’ve managed to narrow it down to a handful of key buys that work for every style, shape and temperature, and some of them just might surprise you.
After trying on everything from luxury designer pieces to premium high-street styles, I found one brand that manages to cover everything on my summer shopping list, and that’s Calvin Klein. We already associate Calvin Klein with elegant ’90s minimalism and flattering, elongating silhouettes, but it also specialises in elevated essentials, standout eveningwear and cool classics. When I had the opportunity to pop into the newly opened Calvin Klein store in Battersea Power Station, I jumped at the chance. Everything from the shop floor to the changing room echoes the clean lines and sculptural design of the Calvin Klein aesthetic, and the latest drop of summer essentials is my dream wish list all in itself.