I'm a Fashion Editor Who Lives in Paris—5 Simple and Classy Outfits I'm Wearing On Repeat This Summer

It's officially summer, meaning it's time to evaluate your arsenal and pull lighter pieces to the forefront. As you may be aware, I don't tend to advocate for occasion-specific shopping, however, I've noticed that investing in versatile pieces will pay dividends when building an intentional and re-workable collection, especially in summer. Because although summer styling loans itself to nonchalant fabrications and one-fell-swoop outfits, it's challenging to know ways to elevate ensembles and create sophisticated outfits with less.

The UK is known for two things where the weather is concerned—downpours and unprecedented heatwaves, the latter of which calls for little to no fabric touching the skin. Having spent the majority of my life judging the UK's weather forecast and wanting to remain uniform despite it, and now I live in Paris, it's still very much the same. Over the years, I've done the research and devised some simple outfit formulas that add a touch of sophistication to my summer repertoire, while keeping the precarious European weather in mind.

The fact is, there are some very simple shortcuts to creating classy outfits in the height of summer. Bandeau necklines, linen suiting and perforated knits are just a handful of styles that will keep you cool, whilst loaning a fashion-forward look. The same is true for jewellery. It lends an intentional sophistication and interferes in the best possible way, whilst not compromising an outfit or adding to the bulk.

Some of my favourite influencers follow the same theme, with sophisticated summer outfits that are breathable and comfortable, foremost. Continue reading for five classy summer looks I've bookmarked for July until September, fingers crossed!

1. Bandeau Dress + Shoulder Bag + Flip Flops

Marisa Martins wears a black bandeau dress

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Style Notes: Marisa's outfit is effortlessly chic. The combination of a sculpted bandeau dress with a shoulder bag and flip-flops (a current trend we've witnessed in Wimbledon) is the perfect way to balance a dramatic silhouette. Exposing the décolletage is bound to keep you cool, although you can add a linen skirt atop if the weather calls for it.

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2. Linen Waistcoat Co-ord + Heeled Sandals + Rattan Crossbody Bag

Style Idealist

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Style Notes: Last summer, we witnessed an influx of waistcoats and it's continued well into 2024 with an emphasis on linen for summer. Pair the waistcoat with matching linen trousers for a uniform look and add your open-toe footwear of choice. The coordination adds an element of formality, particularly if you opt for smarter wide-leg linen trousers.

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3. Free Flowing Dress + Heeled Sandals + Red Clutch


(Image credit: @monikh)

Style Notes: If you're looking for a day-to-night outfit, opt for a streamlined dress with a little heel and a trench coat as an additional outerwear layer. It is the UK, after all. The red handbag adds dimension to the look, as does the green jewellery. It's all in the small but intentional details.

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4. Sleeveless Knitted Co-ord + Bright Mules

Abi Marvel

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Style Notes: When summer rolls around, so too do the knitted co-ords. Abi shows how to elevate a seemingly casual fabrication with satin mules in a zesty green.

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5. Tank Top + Straight-Leg Jeans + Mesh Ballet Flats


(Image credit: @nlmarilyn)

Style Notes: Jeans are a staple year-round, particularly if you're residing in the UK. When elevating a humble pair add a ballet pump and a classic handbag. Tuck the lengths of a top into the waistband for a streamlined look.

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Freelance Fashion Editor

Avalon Afriyie is a freelance writer and storyteller based in London. She specialises in sustainable fashion, health and the narratives of marginalised communities. She has a background in fashion show production and styling, having previously worked on The Clothes Show and with the Lyst Group. Since graduating in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in English and contemporary media, she’s worked as a feature writer for an independent publication and a contributor for Quill’s creator network. She now marries her passion for words and style, writing for some of the most esteemed fashion and lifestyle publications, Who What Wear UK and Stylist. Avalon also provides copywriting services, creative consultancy, and visual media for independent businesses, including travel guides, interviews, press releases and blog posts. Her work has been featured on Lush, Contiki, Youswim and Ohne. She spends her days writing to her heart’s content for business and pleasure, shooting on film and dreaming of residing a stone’s throw away from the ocean with her love and a pup (clad in a sweeping frock, of course). She’s currently penning ideas for a book of personal essays and free verse poetry on love, life and the stages in between.