The weather is getting warmer, and that means summer is on its way! We all look forward to this time of year, and not just for the long, hot days and balmy nights – but also because it’s time to update your summer wardrobe. This is an exciting time of year for all clothes fans, as you can finally fold away your knitwear for another year and reach for the cooler, more exciting items you love to wear. But fashion trends change fast, so what are this year’s essential pieces for the summer season? Here are five of the items your summer wardrobe can’t afford to be without this year. 1. Tank tops A tank top is one of the most versatile items of clothing it’s possible to imagine. Cool, fresh and fun, it looks equally at home in the workplace as it does on the beach or on a casual night out with friends in a bar. Perfect for those hot summer days, tank tops never go out of style. You can create a smart look for work by putting a light summer cardigan over a tank top. Alternatively, team it with shorts for a day on the beach or playing sports. For an evening on the town, it’s easy to create a knockout look by wearing a tank top with trousers or a skirt, and dressing the outfit up with heels, a scarf and some signature pieces of jewellery to make a real fashion statement. With so many designs and colours to choose from, tank tops should be a staple of your summer wardrobe, as they are ideal to wear for almost every occasion. 2. Shorts When you need a casual look for the weekend, a day at the beach or a relaxing evening around the pool, shorts are the ideal wardrobe item for summer. There are now so many styles and designs available that it’s easy to find shorts for women which suit your personal sense of style. From daring to demure, shorts are key items in your summer wardrobe. They can be dressed down with a tank top and sandals, or dressed up with a glamorous top, heels and sunglasses for that A-list look. Your summer wardrobe is not complete without at least one pair of shorts to slip into on a hot day. 3. Beachwear We all love a day at the beach in the summer. It’s the ideal place to relax, hang out with friends and show off the latest beachwear in your collection! If you plan on spending a lot of time at the beach this summer, you’ll need a wide variety of beach-ready items in your wardrobe. In addition to tank tops and shorts, you should stock up on a variety of versatile clothing you can easily throw on over your swimwear once you get out of the water. Sarongs are ideal for wearing as either a skirt or a dress, for a glamorous and feminine beach style. Alternatively, choose a kaftan for a more casual look, or slip on a shirt dress for a touch of effortless chic. With a wide range of styles, colours and patterns to choose from, it’s never been easier to express your personal style and create the perfect dressed-up or dressed-down looks for the beach. 4. Skirts Summer is the time for skirts! From long and floaty to short and flirty, skirts offer cool comfort and the ultimate style throughout the summer season. Whether you’re at work, at the beach, or on an evening out, this season offers skirts for women who love their fashion and feel confident expressing their individual style. One of the hottest styles this summer is the ra-ra skirt, an updated take on the 1980s classic, with cascading layers creating a fun and feminine look. Or if you want a smarter style, Martinique skirts in bright colours are the way to go this season. Easy to team with flats or heels, a skirt can fit your lifestyle in any way you choose! 5. Accessories No summer wardrobe is complete without a few accessories. As summer clothing tends to be cool and casual, you need a few pieces to dress up your outfit when day transitions into evening. From exotic earrings to summer scarves, it’s easy to give any clothing combination an extra boost of glamour and make your wardrobe all the more versatile. You can dress up all your everyday items, and create a look that’s as hot as the weather! If you would like more information about this year’s essential summer fashion trends, the dedicated team here at Haven are always happy to help. We offer a summer range that’s packed with fun and personality, and we can provide all the tips you need on how to create exactly the right look for every occasion. Browse our collections on our site, or contact us for more information.