Slow Fashion: 5 Timeless Summer Wardrobe Essentials
The height of summer is here and it's time to get out and enjoy the outdoors! Between the beach time, BBQs, weddings and holidays of a typical summer, it's the perfect opportunity to flex the best of your wardrobe. It's certainly my favourite time of the year and I can't get enough of those Riviera-inspired looks.
In an increasingly eco-conscious world however, it would be irresponsible to suggest splurging on a brand new summer wardrobe to appease the fast-fashion makers; instead encouraging the idea of 'slow fashion', or investment in practical, timeless silhouettes that will last season after season.
My mission with Stylecamp is to create lasting pieces you'll want to wear again and again, with the versatility for the many occasions that summer brings. This is achieved through well-made, simple and elegant design that doesn't follow trends, instead with an emphasis on enduring classics that make you look and feel good.
If you're thinking of making changes towards a sustainable, slow fashion wardrobe this season, here's some suggestions from the Stylecamp collection to create a capsule wardrobe of summer essentials that you'll have on repeat for years to come. Featuring key silhouettes selected for their timeless nature and ultimate wearability, discover what occasions to wear them for and how to make them your own.
1. LIGHTWEIGHT BLOUSE
It's light, it's airy, it's loose against the skin; there's nothing better for summer than a good, lightweight shirt like Stylecamp's Lana blouse. Made from natural, breathable materials including unique buttons carved from coconut shells, it features a vintage-inspired tie front detail that always looks flattering balanced on the waistband of summer skirts, shorts, jeans or trousers.
Wear it tied or undone; tucked-in or free; this versatile blouse responds to your style mood. It's also a design with seasonal longevity, seeing you through from early spring into late autumn with its easy to wear feeling and classic styling.
2. LINEN SHORTS
Ever the classic for summer, linen is the go-to fabric that keeps you cool in hot weather whilst retaining a luxe feel. A pair of linen shorts, then, is a wardrobe must!
This high waisted pair, Stylecamp's Betty shorts, features an elegant shaped waist and pleats with a not-too-short length. Classic styling that won't date and a comfort factor makes these shorts a perfect candidate for a slow fashion summer wardrobe.
A kimono wrap or cover-up is one of the most stylish ways to complete a summer ensemble and can be so practical and versatile to wear.
Stylecamp's Myrna kimono is cropped with high side splits to sit more comfortably over the hips and finished with a tie belt, meaning you can wear it as a chic open cover-up over your swimwear, or wrapped over like a shirt for an everyday outfit.
Wear for the daytime with high waist culottes and sandals for an easy holiday look, or team with tapered trousers and heels for a smart/casual look for a fancy evening out. The contrast piping detail inspired by 1930s vintage makes it feel a bit more special and it's also a great way of introducing print into your wardrobe.
Whether you're on holiday or just enjoying a good BBQ garden party with friends, everyone needs a good sundress in their wardrobe that makes them feel good and, luckily, Stylecamp has a few elegant summer sundresses to choose from.
From off shoulder dresses with ruffle necklines like the Ginger dress, to the scoop neck cut and pretty tie details of the Nanette dress, these classic beauties take their inspiration directly from the sunny shores of the French Riviera.
Their timeless silhouettes and flattering details wholly justify a place in a slow fashion wardrobe. Just add a great pair of sandals, flat or heeled, plus some statement sunnies to complete your glamorous daytime look.
Jumpsuits are the easy, throw--on option in your summer wardrobe that everyone needs when they're lacking outfit inspiration. Fortunately, Stylecamp's Marlene jumpsuit has style to match, so you're guaranteed to feel classy and elegant everytime you wear it, whether it's for day or night.
Modelled on 1930s beach pyjamas, the vintage-inspired design and prints are completely timeless, meaning this is a piece you'll turn to for years to come. Just add heels and a clutch for an effortlessly chic outfit for formal occasions like weddings, a special date night or an envious look for lunch or dinner with friends.