Summer is here and with it comes warm days, holidays and a whole new approach to getting dressed.
From what to wear to the office to standing out on a special occasion, we need a wardrobe that can take us to the beach, the boardroom and to a wedding or two.
And if you’re in need of outfit ideas, who better to look to for inspiration than Holly Willoughby?
The presenter is loved for her style and with her new edit for Marks & Spencershe’s really knocked it out of the park.
You’ll find gorgeous dresses, everyday denim and killer accessories that’ll make summer dressing a breeze.
Check out our favorite pieces below and start planning your epic summer now.
For beach days and balmy nights
LR: Shirred Printed Dress, £ 39.50 and Frill Cami Midi Dress, £ 35, both M & S
If, like us, you’re dreaming of a sunny getaway, you’ll no doubt also be dreaming about a whole host of holiday looks.
From swimwear to sunglasses, planning what to pack is all part of the excitement.
And whether you’re jetting off to warmer climes or you’ll be settling in for a staycation, we recommend stashing a couple of dresses in your suitcase.
These gorgeous dresses from Holly’s edit at M & S will do just that. We love the zesty citrus shade of this shirred maxi (above left). It’ll look amazing next to a golden tan (whether real or fake).
The Empire line fit is super flattering, while the puffed sleeves and square neck are perfectly on trend for SS22. After a day at the beach, throw it on over your bikini and head straight for a pina colada.
And for lunch at a beach cafe, we like this ditsy floral print midi (above right) with its feminine frill details and peplum hem.
There’s also a matching tie belt so you can create a lovely nipped in silhouette.
Now all you need to do is decide where to go!
For sunny days at your desk
LR: Bloom Print Midaxi Dress, £ 39.50 and Broderie Midi Dress, £ 49.50, both M & S
Sadly the summer isn’t all beaches and barbecues, but that doesn’t mean we can’t look stylish while we work.
Dressing for the office in the summer months can often be tricky. We need to look professional but we also need clothes that feel airy and light, so we can beat the heat.
A midi or midaxi length dress is always a good option as they can be styled with flats or heels, depending on the dress code at your place of work.
This This flowery frock (above left) is smart but not too heavy and with its pretty puffed sleeves is definitely office-appropriate.
Or you can’t go wrong with a shirt dress In a vibrant shade of pink, it’s anything but ordinary and nothing says summer more than broderie anglaise.
And of course both these beauties can be taken straight out to dinner once your busy day is done. Genius!
For a special summer occasion
LR: Floral Midi Dress, £ 39.50 and Floral Puffed Sleeve Dress, £ 39.50, both M & S
Polo matches, garden parties, regattas, races, classical music festivals and weddings; the summer season is full of opportunities to get dressed up.
And if your social calendar is looking busy, let us take the stress out of wondering what to wear.
Holly’s edit at Marks & Spencer And the good news is they won’t break the bank. And the good news is they won’t break the bank.
Do monochrome chic in this black and white print midi (above left). We’re fans of the frilled shoulders and plaited belt. It will look great styled with a black blazer and dramatic hat.
Or go for soft pastels as seen on Holly (above right). This lovely dress We love the flowing cut and floaty sleeves. All it needs is a pair of strappy sandals and a clutch to complete the look.
For days when only denim will do
Collarless Blouse, £ 29.50 and Mom jeans, £ 39.50, both M & S
Denim is an absolute wardrobe staple and we sometimes wonder what we would do without it.
And it’s no different in the summer months. But at this time of year we like to work a paler wash and a more relaxed fit, like these great mom jeans from M & S (above).
The high waist works to elongate the legs and we love the soft tapering to the ankle. They’re comfy but cool and made from organic cotton with a little added stretch, you can wear them all day whether you’re at a barbecue or catching up with friends over brunch.
Follow Holly’s lead and style with a pretty floral blouse (above). It’s a really versatile top that’ll take you all the way through to autumn and beyond.
M & S Straw Hat, £ 19.50, Embroidered Blouse, £ 29.50, Denim Boyfriend Shorts, £ 25 and Trainers, £ 45
And no summer wardrobe is complete without a pair of denim shorts. They’re just the perfect item for festivals and beach days.
They have that effortlessly cool look we all love and just happen to be super practical too. Holly’s boyfriend shorts from M & S have a mid-rise waist and a slightly looser, longer leg for the ultimate in comfort.
Pull them on over your swimwear, wear them with a hoodie and rock them with this lovely embroidered blouse. We love its retro 1970s feel; ideal for a bit of Boho style this summer.
Add a chic straw hat and box fresh trainers and you’re good to go.
THE MUST-HAVE ACCESSORY? A PAIR OF’DO-IT-ALL’ SANDALS …
M & S Leather Buckle Platform Clogs, £ 49.50
If you’re looking for the perfect footwear to strut in this summer, look no further.
These fantastic heeled clogs have vintage appeal in spades. From the platform sole to the wood-effect heels to the gold studding, they’ll work hard for you this season.
Wear with midi dresses to work or a wedding, play up their retro vibes with flared jeans and peasant blouses or take them to lunch at a beachside cafe; they’ll fit in everywhere.
Click HERE to check out Holly’s edit now and get ready for a very stylish summer.