7 summer essentials

Long summer days in the City are on the horizon. Prepare for blue skies and sunshine with our edit of seasonal necessities... 

1. The sunglasses

These stylish tortoisehell framed shades from H&M will complement any warm-weather outfit. £8.99 

2. The swimwear 

Whether you're heading to the coast or one of London's lovely lidos, you'll need something to sunbathe in. We love the understated swimwear range at COS, which includes this simple frill bikini top, £25. 

3. The sunscreen

The most important thing to remember when you're soaking up some rays is to protect your skin. For a broad spectrum boost, mix equal parts of Dermalogica's Solar Defense Booster SPF50 into your favourite moisturiser or foundation. £44 

4. The sandals

A trusted pair of sandals are a must during the hotter months. This peachy pink pair will take you from a day in the office to Friday night cocktails. £45, Office 

5. The summer dress

Off to the races or have a wedding to attend? Your summer wardrobe won't be complete without a dress you feel amazing in. Wrap styles are big news for SS18 and we think this floral one from Mango would look oh-so-chic with a pair of strappy black heels. £59.99

6. The straw tote

The humble straw bag has fast become one of the most coveted items of the summer. This pom pom tote from Accessorize is fun, bright and ideal for picnics in the park. £35

7. The subtle bronzer

Acheive a radiant glow even if you've been sitting at your desk all week with The Body Shop's bestselling Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder. Sweep it over your skin for a natural sun-kissed look. £14