I'm a Fashion Expert With Classic Taste—Here's Everything on My Summer Wish List

After years of denial, I've become accustomed to the fact the weather governs my fashion choices. It's hard to truly embrace my style when bundled underneath quilted puffers, so the promise of summer is exhilarating, and I'm tentatively peeling away layers. We're approaching the sweet spot where balmy days are less of an anomaly, and I'm cautiously packing my umbrella and embracing summer apparel. By that, I mean sleeveless styles, open-toe sandals and languid dresses. My style veers towards frocks and full-skirted numbers. You'll often find me in classic silhouettes and natural fabrics, which are synonymous with summer.


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Although I don't ascribe much to the fashion forecasts, some trends are speaking to me this year. Bandeau shapes, refined footwear, fun-spirited accessories and exaggerated shapes are characteristics I've built my style around, so it's been a delight witnessing my preferred aesthetic grace shelves. This summer, I'm also embracing statement accessories and the effect subtle style elements can impose on an outfit. Be it bags in earthy hues, perforated footwear or overstated jewels, there's something to suit all tastes. I'm becoming increasingly impressed with the quality and timelessness of clothing on offer this year and thanks to the classic trends, there are plenty that will make worthwhile investments.

Continue reading for the 22 new-in pieces that have piqued my interest for June, including independent brands I'm eager to spotlight.

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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.