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While you quarantine at home, we’d like to make sure your styling and wardrobe essentials haven’t taken a hit too. Whether you’re playing dress-up or experimenting with your staples, how about creating a look that’s both comfortable and fashion-forward. Check out these must-haves and how to style them.

Denim shorts

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A classic button-down with a pair of denim shorts is an evergreen look, but infuse a little colour. Select tops and blouses in cotton and linen featuring pleasant paisley, graphic florals, strips, and even polka dots. Do not shy away from throwing over a lightweight robe in any earthy tone; a perfect Insta-style moment for those video chats. You can also invest in a statement belt to pull together the entire look. Also, veer away from heels and opt for flats and mules instead.

A white shirt

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Image: Courtesy The Summer House Instagram

When it comes to white shirts, the canvas is pretty large. If your plans are to chill on your patio, just wrap a sarong as a skirt and style it with a white shirt. Get the off-duty look by pairing your shirts with regular denim, and instead of tucking them in, tie a knot and wear a headband.

At home, comfort is key. Opt for a cool pair of culottes made in chambray or linen and wear them with a white shirt. Also, this is the best time to pair white shirts with your beloved playsuits or dungarees. Complete the look with some minimal jewellery.

Tank and spaghetti tops

Wardrobe Essentials - Tank & Spaghetti Tops
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Tank spaghetti tops are wardrobe-essentials. If you’re not feeling dressy, then throw over a quirky cotton shirt over your tank and pair it with a pair of culottes. Get tanks in summer hues like tangerines, turquoise, and canary yellows. You can also opt for billowing maxi skirts in interesting prints and patterns. To take it up a notch, experiment with kimono jackets with your tanks.

Lightweight summer scarves

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Multipurpose lightweight scarves in cotton, linen, and silk blends can serve you some major summer style inspiration. Of course, they can be draped around your neck but that’s not all. Tie them around your waist in order to cinch a billowing dress or wear them as headscarves. Also remember, it’s summer so do not shy away from colours. Pick out colours likes Pantone and pink blush. 

Culottes

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Image: Courtesy The Summer House Instagram

There is hardly a wardrobe that does not have a cool pair of culottes. We’d pull out the ones that you can lounge in. A quirky, slogan t-shirt paired with your standard cotton culottes in black is timeless. Opt for culottes with flared hemlines and pair them with a colourful button-down. Floral culottes with a simple t-shirt for summer days are also a great option. Stick to comfortable season-appropriate fabrics and pieces at home.

Staff writer