10 PIECES TO BUY THIS AUGUST

High streets picks to take you from summer to autumn – loosely inspired by Penelope Cruz in anything she's ever been in


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1. The Gold Hoops

If Penelope Cruz in 'Blow' is your eternal mood (can you tell it's mine?) then a pair of thick or Catholic-inspired gold hoops is all you need for some late-summer, Spanish glam. Pair with a black headband for extra convent girl points.

2. The Dress

The only colour you need to concern yourself with in the upcoming months is brown – sultry, chocolate brown to be exact. Wear it with gold, black and beige and look for drawstring and ruching details like this heavenly Zara dress which WILL sell out.

 
 

3. The Mules

If you hadn't noticed, white leather footwear – whether of the sandal or boot variety – is everywhere right now. A pair of white mules will take you through from summer to autumn – pair with a sexy mini dress in summer or wide leg jeans when cooler weather hits (if it ever does).

 
 

4. The Swimsuit

Again, hues of brown are all we care about right now. Choosing a chic, neutral one-piece like this H&M swimsuit will work both on the beach, and as a top with a boxy blazer and slacks.

 
 

5. The Sunglasses

As a self-proclaimed sunglasses connoisseur, I can confirm that the style to covet this season is 90s tortoiseshell. Wear with a silk head scarf if you're a Grace Kelly, or with a white tank top and slicked-back hair if you're more of a J-Lo.

6. The White Rollneck

Man's been relentlessly hunting the internet for a top as chic as this, and Zara, as it often does, has come through with this sleeveless rollneck. Wear with all of the above.

 
 

7. The Trousers

Gotta love a pair of trousers that don't stick to you in summer, but also keep you warm in autumn. I'll be pairing these with everything from sneakers and a blazer to heeled mules, brown lippy and an out-out top. 

 
 

8. The Out-out Top

The lolita-style, ruched crop top is something you've probably seen on every cool girl you follow on Instagram. I'd pair it with a black headband and gold hoops (obv) but I'd maybe add a pair of white tracksuit bottoms to change things up a little.

 
 

9. The Sandals

For those lusting after Celine's chunky black and gold flatforms, look no further than these leather angels from ASOS. Pair with chinos and a blazer or, you guessed it, any of the above.

10. The Headband

I think this is my favourite trend revival this year – fully functional AND chic, the black cotton headband. Your sweaty forehead will thank you for it this summer, but it'll also look great with a turtleneck in autumn. Win-win.