With restrictions lifting, gigs, nightclubs and festivals returning, and the weather looking up, this is truly promising to be the best summer ever. Therefore, we all want to be looking, feeling and dressing our best.
Check out our guide below and make sure you’re totally ready for when the summer kicks off in earnest.
We've all been indoors for far too long so you'll be forgiven for feeling like your beach bod is a little behind schedule. Never fear – starting some new habits now, or shaking up some routines, will make the world of difference.
Firstly, get into a habit of exfoliating every day. Your skin will thank you for helping slough off those dead skin layers, and it’ll make your body glow! Pick up a good, natural bristle body brush and a face exfoliator – you can pick a pretty pastel shade face brush from H&M. Not only will it leave your skin glowing, it's also really good for circulation!
Next, when it comes to your skincare routine, it's time to let the light in! You may have been layering on heavy creams and moisturizers to combat winter dryness, but now you’ll be heading out, pick up something lighter, and that incorporates SPF protection.
Check out the new Drunk Elephant range at Boots for a full body care package
You might also want to splash out on some new make up for the summer (why not!). If au natural is your cup of tea, pick up some light foundation and glow up your cheeks with this coconut bronzer from The Body Shop. Or, for instant evening glam, try the UOMA range of lipsticks at Boots, which come in a wide range of vibrant colours.
Don't forget your follicles! As well as heading in to Rush or Ted's Grooming Room for a cut and blow dry to freshen up your look, why not also invest in some nourishing hair care to treat your locks to some regular TLC? Molton Brown's Deep Conditioning Mask will leave your hair not only soft and silky, but smelling divine!
If we’re heading into the heatwave we’ve been promised and you haven’t sorted your wardrobe out, you’ll soon be regretting it. So long jersey pants and knitwear – you’ll need something lighter and breathable to take on the heat. That’s why linen is all over summer collections at the moment. Loose fitting striped shirts, wide-legged jumpsuits and high waisted linen shorts will bridge the gap between loungewear and summerwear this year, offering cool comfort. And with so many vibrant colours available, you don't have to stick to neutrals.
Meanwhile, when it comes to handling whatever life throws at you, check out the new Halle Berry x Sweaty Betty respin range. Not just for workouts, it's a collection that brings together high-performance pieces and feminine style. The lightweight, durable and incredibly stylish billowing Karla Parka jacket (pictured below) and waterproof Jackie Jumpsuit are two of our favourite pieces for summer. Shop the full range here.
Are you a one piece or a bikini? Swim shorts or a speedo? Or do you prefer to simply lounge by the pool in a kimono and sunnies? Whatever your preference, you’re going to want to splash out on something special if you’re heading to the beach or to a spa this summer. And this is no time to be a shrinking violet – with so many bright and summery patterns out there, embrace your fun side and try something bold, such as retro striped swim shorts from Hackett, or the gorgeous flowery and ruffled swimsuits in H&M.
Footwear this summer is all about comfort, but that doesn't mean boring! Metallic platform sandals and vibrant chunky trainers will make sure your feet are ready to hit the streets in style. Check out the ranges in Kurt Geiger and AllSaints for footwear that will ensure you can dance the night away.
We’re all ready to have a bit of fun with our fashion this summer, so expect to see everyone really going to town on accessories! Not only can they give your outfits a pop of colour or pattern, accessories can help you handle whatever the day (and weather) throws at you.
When it comes to making plans on the fly, it’s useful to have a few statement pieces that can elevate a ‘white t-shirt and jeans’ look into something a bit extra, so you can seamlessly transition from day into night. Invest in a beautiful pair of chunky gold hoops, or some bold bright rings for an instant shot of timeless glamour. Or for a simple but effective boost to a look or handbag, bold patterned silk scarves are on trend this summer, like the beautiful collection at Hobbs. Learn a few different knots and you've got yourself a headscarf, a bag accent and a belt all in one! Handy or what?
Are the candy-hued Dulcis rings from Swarovski the shot of sparkle your outfit needs?
Speaking of handy, small bags are officially out – it's all about large shoppers and tote bags this sunny season. As we all embrace our newfound freedom, you'll want to be prepared for anything with a bright, natural fibre and canvas tote bag, which can hold everything you need – from sunscreen to a spare pair of flats. Head to Accessorize and see how big you can go!
When the sun’s out, don't forget to protect yourself. As well as keeping your eyes safe from the sun's rays, sunnies are the ultimate summer accessory, and this year they're bigger and bolder than ever. From square and tortoiseshell, to eyebrow-blockingly big, 70s sunglasses are in, so let your inner wild child run free and embrace thick rims, acetate lenses and cat eyes. And to top it off, men and women alike can’t go wrong with a vintage-style baseball cap this summer.