August isn’t just any ordinary month in the style calendar – it’s like the final summer fling before the start of a new season.
If you live and breathe the resortwear vibe, now’s the time to squeeze the life out of your swimwear, sandals and floaty dresses before we’re back in winter coats and boots. Close your high summer wardrobe in style with pieces that make you feel like you’re permanently on vacation.
From Staud’s beaded beach scene bag, to Johanna Ortiz’s palm print linen maxi, these are the pieces that celebrate those long, hot days of summer.
Meet the ‘Beach’ bag that’s definitely not made for the sand… Staud’s beaded Tommy Bag features a beaded beach scene motif to remind you of your favourite vacation. The ultimate Instagramable accessory for sundowners, wear it with a neutral slinky cami dress by night, or denim jeans and a tee by day. Tuck the single strap in and it also doubles up as a clutch bag (clever). We’ll be wearing it slung over our shoulder like a walking postcard until we’re ready to give up on summer.
When one stripy piece just isn’t enough, maximise the impact with a double co-ord hit. Chinti & Parker’s playful yellow and ivory stripe duo is reminiscent of vintage parasols and has high summer written all over it. The little top features a scoop back and tie detail for showing off your back (while you still can), and the matchy-matchy floaty tiered maxi skirt is perfect for swirling on sunset nights. If you want to complete the full set, there’s even a coordinating loose fit shirt to throw over your shoulders when temperatures drop.
Top pick: Chinti & Parker yellow striped parasol tie back top, £67.50, buy here
There’s no escaping the fact that 2020 is the summer of the Dad sandal. But if the fugly, black strappy numbers don’t fit your aesthetic, try Christopher Kane’s blinged-up version for your feet. Juxtaposing the stompy silhouette and Velcro straps, the red Fussbet sandals are embellished with sparkling scarlet and white crystals in a pretty floral pattern that catch the sunlight. The instant tonic to pep up neutral outfits, wear them to seriously jazz up your jean shorts.
There’s no escaping the fact that 2020 is the summer of the Dad sandal. But if the fugly, black strappy numbers don’t fit your aesthetic, try the blinged-up version for your feet.
Citrus prints are having a moment so squeeze the life out of Alexandra Miro's Whitney swimsuit. In her signature silhouette, the oh-so summery lemon print gives this swimsuit major Amalfi Coast vibes. Featuring a simple bandeau neckline (no tan lines here) and removable matching belt (hello, cinched waist), just team it with shades, sunhat, and a giant glass of fresh lemonade for the ultimate in poolside posing.
Sun-tanned shoulders need all the exposure opportunities they can get before winter coats hide them away for good. Step forward Cloe Cassandro’s Ruby silk jumpsuit in stargazer print. In sky blue, the twisted cross-front top, open back and relaxed fit make it the dream jumpsuit for vacation nights. Wear it with wedges to play on the Seventies mood or accentuate that wide-leg silhouette with a pair of neutral strappy heeled sandals.
Keep your connection with the beach going on dry land with Aurélie Bidermann's Aguas earrings. Like a charm bracelet but for your ears, the large, open hoops dangle with talking point charms in gold, white and turquoise – think pearly shells, a turtle dipped in yellow gold, a shell lacquered by hand in turquoise and a mother-of-pearl fish charm. Team the earrings with an off-the-shoulder top for maximum exposure.
Nothing says ‘so long, high summer’ like a linen maxi emblazoned with palm trees. A recurring tropical motif for Colombian designer Johanna Ortíz, the embroidered black palms against crisp, cream linen makes for a striking combination. Besides bold palms, it’s all in the details. The maxi is suspended at the shoulders from rope-like straps that match the waist-accentuating tie. Wear it with your hair swept up to draw attention to the statement knotted back.