This week’s heatwave caught me somewhat by surprise, and made me suddenly aware of the gaps in my summer wardrobe. I haven’t bought any hot weather clothing since my last holiday over two years ago, and so have spent the last 24 hours searching for easy-to-wear sundresses, linen separates and comfortable sandals.
After a few hours of browsing new-in sections, it became clear that there are three high street brands that are really excelling when it comes to a hot weather capsule—Arket, Zara and COS. Whether you like your summer clothes to be loud and adventurous or simple and classic, there’s likely to be an item for you below. Zara caters to those who want summer clothing with heaps of personality, with hot pink satin dresses, and unusual silhouettes, while Arket is the place to go for a minimal summer capsule in beiges and whites. COS falls somewhere inbetween the two, with a mix of plain, but still interesting, dresses and a jazzy colour palette.
Keep scrolling for the 30 hot-weather buys I love from Zara, COS and Arket.
Next up, our guide to the 19 classic pieces I always buy from the high street.