If I ask anyone at the Who What Wear office or fashion insiders I see out at events what they’re planning on buying right now, the only thing they care about is stocking up on pieces for summer. Yep, we’re all ready for vacations somewhere far away and the outfits we’ll be wearing on them. With this in mind, I was curious about what exactly the fashion set is already buying for the summer months ahead. So I asked some of the women who always guide my style choices to share the investment pieces that are already landing in their shopping carts.
Ahead, you'll find the key summer fashion pieces they’re buying. From the Jacquemus heels everyone will own to the statement top you’ll want to order immediately to the It bags that will be everywhere, these are the summer items to know about. Go on to see picks from six people in the fashion world, beginning with my own must-haves.
"I'm loving everything Paco Rabanne for spring/summer. I just ordered this sarong skirt, which is that unicorn piece that will work with a white tee at the office and over a maillot for beach weekend dinners."
"I've been reaching for modern interpretations of the classic tea dress. For the office or for the weekend, it's very multipurpose in my wardrobe. They have a vintage charm yet have been refreshed to feel new."
"A pair of hybrid sandal-pumps (pandals? samps?) because the super-strappy-sandal trend of last season doesn't sit well with my wriggly toes, and a pointed toe is my one true love, so they're the perfect in-between. Plus, do I really need an excuse to be in love with these?!"
"Vague though it may sound, statement tops are my go-to this summer. I've always loved anything poufy with a big shoulder, sleeve, or otherwise, and there are many incredible pieces—particularly by independent designers, often made to order—that are out there this season. They're the perfect investment for spring/summer, in particular, as they can make an outfit out of anything (literally): jeans, tailored trousers, shorts, and even leggings look dressed up paired with a great top."
"Clean but chunky gold jewelry pieces that are easy to combine for impact or stand alone as a great accessory. Summer is a slightly awkward time for jewelry. Stack it up too much and it can be uncomfortable, so I love pieces that hold their own without having to pile it on too much."
"I actually spoil myself every summer (because it's my birthday) with beautiful designer items. I bought sandals last year and decided to buy sandals this year again because I fell in love with the Prada. You can combine them to be sporty but also very chic under a wrap skirt or dress."
"I love a good basket bag. I always take many things with me in the summer. Just think about it: suncream, water, sunglasses, and more. I like that everything fits perfectly in my bag. It is also a nice bag to take to the beach, unlike other tote bags where the sand is hard to get out."