Prediction: Fashion People In London Will Wearing These 9 Simple Items Nonstop This Summer

Despite its often unpredictable weather, there's nothing I love more than a summer spent in London. The streets are abuzz with people, as are the parks, and any given outing becomes a chance to showcase your style and a great outfit. As someone who lived in the capital for a decade before moving to Scotland, I implore you, do not take a London summer for granted—there are dresses I haven't been able to wear since I relocated (it really is that much cooler here!).

This year, however, I've spend more time in London again, and to make my outfit choices more succinct and carry-on-suitcase-friendly, I decided to take a closer look a what those in capital are currently wearing. Cue a London summer capsule wardrobe.

I've consulted the feeds of some of the city's most stylish inhabitants to determine what to wear when I'm next in town and, unwittingly, I've assembled a simple nine-piece, London-inspired edit in the process. So, whether you're visiting as I am or you're fortunate enough to reside there, below you'll find a capsule wardrobe to see you through the next couple of months in London.

1. Wide-Leg Trousers


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Style Notes: Wide-leg trousers have been at the top of the style agenda for the past few seasons, but their appeal isn't waining in London. Easy to pull on and go in, I see so many fashion types pairing theirs with simple vest tops and slider sandals.

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2. Fisherman Sandals

@francescasaffari wearing fisherman sandals with denim jeans

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Style Notes: Sandal season is officially upon us, and although London women always fall back on simple styles, for 2024, I'm seeing more and more people gravitating towards the fisherman sandal. It's the kind of flat you can take from weekends at home to weeks on holiday.

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3. Striped Shirt


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Style Notes: Oxford shirts have always been commonplace in the banking district, but blue-and-white stripe shirts are infiltrating the wardrobes of fashion people, too. Worn with the aforementioned wide-leg trousers, relaxed layers such as this are becoming a style signature in London.

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4. Silk Slip


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Style Notes: Following the simple theme of my edit, I was keen to hone in on a versatile dress staple London women wear from day to night. Although there were a few contenders—black sundresses and white linen were up there—most prevalent of them all was the elevated slip. Never clingy, London women gravitate towards ever-so-slightly looser silhouettes.

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5. Waistcoat-and-Shorts Set


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Style Notes: The waistcoat trend was first embraced by the London-based style set, and they still remain very loyal to it. For 2024, I'm seeing more shorts-and-waistcoat co-ords coming through than ever before.

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6. Braided Leather Bag


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Style Notes: I'm a huge basket bag fan, but I'm finding that London women are opting for braided leather styles more than their straw counterparts this season. Who can blame them when they look this polished?

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7. Maxi Column Skirt


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Style Notes: 2024 is the year of the skirt, with maxi hemlines proving just as popular off the runway as they were on it. Although there are plenty of A-line options out there, to achieve that simple aesthetic London women have near perfected, opt for a sleek column cut.

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8. Silver Jewellery


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Style Notes: One of the biggest shifts in the jewellery world this season has been the surge in the popularity of silver, which Londoners are embracing in the form of sculptural rings, chunky hoops and chain necklaces.

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9. Something Yellow


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Style Notes: When it comes to quiet luxury, the colour that defines the aesthetic has to be buttermilk yellow; a delicate shade that looks so expensive no matter how much the garment in question cost you.

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This piece was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.