Here's Your Summer 2018 Starter Kit, Thanks to H&M


Forget the holiday season: Summer is our favorite time of year, so we're obviously in a fantastic mood right now. Maybe it's the sudden overload of vitamin D, or maybe it's the feel-good threads dropping on the regular at H&M that perfectly pair with our best warm-weather life. Check out our 16 favorite summer steals from the new Divided collection—everything's under $50, so your wallet's going to be feeling good too.

Slingbacks are on our radars big time this season, as are any accessories with basket-like touches of jute braiding. Wear these everywhere. With everything. (Oh, and they also come in this color.)

If you haven't teamed a marigold tee with wide-leg lilac pants and walked through NoLIta on a Saturday with an iced coffee, is it even summer?

In our actual dream summertime, it's still 1994, we live on Melrose Place, and we're wearing these shorts.

During that one inevitable week in August when it feels like everyone but us is on vacation in Greece, we're adding our brightest earrings and vintage-vibe white sunnies to this fresh onesie to help pretend that we are too.

Poolside? Sure, but we're also teaming this with breezy wide-leg pants and a bodysuit to survive those glorious/terrible days when it's just too hot to go outdoors (but we gotta).

This little summer-ready number is so afternoon date–ready we can hardly deal with it. 

You really need to see this skirt to understand where we're going with this polished boho outfit. Just add logo slides and Lucite heels to take it from sunny days to balmy nights.

Just add an oversize button-down and platform sneakers. and you're all set for a Sunday that starts at the farmer's market and ends up, well, who knows where? (Because summer.)

Evenings at the open-air cinema? Off-the-shoulder gingham plus dark denim is perfect as the sun goes down.

We're pretty sure everyone on the planet has gotten the basket-bag memo by now. The moral of the story: This is your number one summer essential, so just keep on adding fresh iterations to your collection.

This essential palm print has picked up right where Millennial Pink left off. Not satisfied with it only existing on our couch cushions (and iPhone cases, and notebooks, and makeup bags), we're also going to be wearing this effortless romper as often as we can possibly get away with.

Tie-front tops are cute as ever, but this tie-back is giving the classic a run for its money. Flutter sleeves and an open back make this self-ventilating top perfect for sticky-hot evenings.

Life hack: Keep this top on hand to change into for balmy after-work drinks—it'll take every single high-waisted skirt or trouser option from office hours to happy hours in a flash.

Sundays afternoons in the park look exactly like this. Just add a friend with a dog (and preferably these shades).

This ultra-versatile black-and-white top gives a most subtle nod to this summer's polka-dot trend, and will be taking us to alfresco dinners all over town.

Still looking for the perfect pair of denim shorts? Take five, because these are hopping straight in your Tulum-bound carry-on.

Natalie Cantell
Executive Director, Brand Studio

Natalie leads the style direction for the all content we create in partnership with our friends at various brands plus the legendary team of editors who work on those shoots and stories. She loves collaborating and storytelling, so it's a really fun role for her. It's also the first full-time job she's ever had⁠! She started out in her career as a very mediocre model who agreed to her first styling job to impress a photographer she had a crush on, which led her down a happy path of contributing to Vogue Australia and working as a stylist, fashion writer, and creative director for all sorts of brands and titles. She has a bachelor of communications, but most of her career opportunities came up thanks to some fleeting and accidental street style moments. She's been at Who What Wear for three and a half years and still loves to work as a freelance consultant with brands and designers to shoot their campaigns in NYC. She's originally from New Zealand, and Bondi Beach is her second home, but like just about every other 20-something, she fell in love with New York at some point. She lives in Williamsburg with her fiancé and their weird little dog, Ruby. If you ever need reccies for feel-good fashion, legit coffee spots, politics podcasts, or non-intimidating yoga studios, she's very much your girl.