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Styling Up Uniqlo Basics for Summer

Come summer, I often get so carried away with crochet bikinis, stripy jumpsuits and smocked, floral dresses (to name just a few), I can forget the basics. So much so, I’ve definitely had a few packing problems in the past where I get to my destination and realise I have nothing simple and neutral to pair with all the palazzo pants and button-down skirts. Plus, when you’re summering in the city as most of us are a lot of the time, you need those cotton shirts and simple shorts that you can rely on day in day out. One thing I really can’t get down with is people looking like they should be in the south of Spain in the depths of London. Doesn’t matter how hot it is people, teeny-tiny hot pants or a tasselled kaftan is not ok in the city. Enter breezy shirts and monochrome shorts that tick every box including the price…

Needless to say, these days I’m much more mindful of getting the basics right before anything else so it’s always handy when a collection drops that pretty much sums it up. Uniqlo recently teamed up with Tomas Maier, the current creative director of Bottega Veneta for a high summer collection mostly revolving around monochrome essentials just that bit more elevated than a white t-shirt but still simple enough to balance out the more trend-led stuff in your wardrobe. And the best bit? It’s Uniqlo so you’re not even having to invest half your month’s rent in great basics but the quality and fit is still spot on.

I’m calling out my three favourite pieces from the Uniqlo X Tomas Maier collection here and styling them up my way for sunny, warm days right on my doorstep in London and beyond. 

First up, the white blouse. I love the slightly voluminous, seventies sleeves and the light-as-air cotton would feel so great on hot, holiday skin after a day at the beach. I like mine with high-waisted jeans or shorts so the roomy shape doesn’t swamp me and I still have a waist under all that flowiness. Plus, there’s nothing easier to throw on as a go-to outfit than a white shirt and blue denim. Flower twirling and woven bag optional.

Shirt | Tomas Maier X Uniqlo 
Jeans | Redone 
Bag | Reformation 
Watch | Omega 

Remember Carrie Bradshaw season 4 and her terry cloth shorts/bandeau top combinations? Might have been a tiny, weeny bit inspired…  These are the kind of shorts I’d pull on regularly to walk my dog, work out or just over a string triangle bikini for the most comfortable summer in the garden get-up. But with a little styling, turns out terry cloth shorts with a sweat-band waist work out and about too. I love that they feel retro and sporty and off-set stuff like my beloved Dior saddle bag and layered gold chains perfectly.

Shorts | Uniqlo X Tomas Maier 
Top | Donni 
Denim Jacket | Reformation 
Bag | Dior at Vestiaire Collective
Necklaces | Lucy Williams X Missoma  

Lastly the knitted polo shirt. Now, you might not be feeling like you’re lacking a knitted polo in your life but these things work harder than you think. I have a couple of cashmere ones in my wardrobe too which I love but these are a lighter, easier option for summer. They’re kind of preppy without being stiff and look awesome with denim mini skirts. For me, I would always team these vintage denim, either a mini skirt or vintage staraighter Levis to save the top from being too country club (avoid teaming with capri pants like the plague). Saying that, I kind of like playing up to that in a way and teaming with plimsolls and sixties oval sunnies you can stare over the top of while drinking a mint julep and gossiping.

Knitted polo | Tomas Maier X Uniqlo 
Skirt | Redone jeans 
Trainers | Alexa Chung X Superga 
Bag | Hunting Season 
Sunglasses | Le Specs 

Created in collaboration with Uniqlo. All styling, creative direction and words my own. Thanks to Uniqlo for working with me on this post.