4 new summer styles our editors can’t wait to wear

Festivals, barbecues and afternoons spent drinking cocktails in the sun are fast approaching, which has us all Cosmopolitan HQ is thinking about the same question: what are we going to wear?

It may not be harvest time yet, but after what seemed like an extra-dark, extra-long winter, we can’t wait to banish our big coats and beanies in favor of something that complements the scent of freshly cut grass and SPF30.

As excited as us? So get your basket ready online, as our editors and editors reveal the key H&M fashion pieces they’ll be investing in for the coming season here.

The Light Linen Dress

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‘Nothing says ‘summer vacation’ like a linen mini dress, does it? It’s understated, breathable, stylish and so versatile – all headlines on my shopping wish list. You can dress it up in strappy heels and gold jewelry for a drink at a rooftop bar. Or, if you’re feeling a little more low-key, throw on a pair of sandals, your favorite sunglasses and a trendy bag and, just like that, you’re picnic-ready. Did we mention it also makes a fabulous bikini cover up when you’re going from the beach to the bar? As we said, versatile AF.

‘This black puff-sleeve style has all the hallmarks of a summer wardrobe MVP: its cinched waist adds a designer touch to the silhouette, while the voluminous sleeves avoid any discomfort under the arms. Sweat patches? We don’t know her. Anti-iron friends, I know what you’re thinking BUT this little number is so cute I’m going to give linen another shot this season.

Natasha Harding, Fashion Editor


The trendy shirt

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“I love rocking bright colors when the weather warms up, so I’m going to swap my winter uniform of black tights and dark dresses for bright, punchy pieces that pop, like this beautiful coral linen blouse. It’s longer in the back so it’ll be perfect with bike shorts and white pumps for casual work from home days Or for a more tailored look I’ll tuck into cropped trousers and complete with wedges and wedges trendy sunglasses.And to make it dressier, I’m going to tie it in the front, roll up the sleeves and wear it with a long skirt, chunky earrings and sandals to channel a floaty bohemian vibe.

‘It’s also a great alternative to a cardigan or jacket over just about anything on chilly summer evenings – and the useful addition of an open chest pocket means I can discreetly keep my lips close at hand for regular refills, making this shirt an absolute win-win.

Lyndsey Heffernan, Deputy Editor, Branded Content

The fresh floral skirt

viscose skirt

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“Floral midi skirts with slits are quickly becoming my year-round wardrobe, paired with fishnet tights and polo necks in the winter, and sunglasses and lightweight tops in the summer.” I love the navy floral print on this one – it’s less harsh than my usual all black look.

‘I will wear this skirt with gold hoop earrings, a blue denim jacket, my must-have white high top trainers and an essential plain white t-shirt. If I’m feeling fancy, I’ll get my hands on the matching top and add some red lipstick and mules, plus the Cult Gaia basket bag dupe I just picked up at a charity shop. Not only is the viscose in this skirt airy, but it is also sustainably sourced.

Izzy Silvers, Branded Content Editor


The pretty summer dress

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‘Nothing screams “summer” more than a pretty AF summer dress, right? It’s flirty, fun and makes the perfect outfit for sunny days. Let the dress do the talking and style it with simple sandals, retro sunglasses and a straw bucket bag for a day at the park or beach. For a glamorous night out, swap out your sandals for wedges and a touch of chunky jewelry – and don’t forget to throw on a denim jacket when the temperature drops later.

‘The soft lilac hue of this pretty floral number is so fresh for spring, plus the back shirring detail and roomy linen fabric are so flattering. Cancel the search – I think I just found my new hot weather BFF.

Sarah Ilston, Branded Content Writer


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