Wear more colour. Play with prints. We all have those fashion goals we aim for, and our POPSUGAR editors are no different. This season, we asked ourselves what our Summer style aspirations are and created a shopping wishlist that fits the bill. The challenge? Each piece needs to ring in at under £120. From mismatched Pandora earrings for the editor who aims for all things quirky to an animal print skirt for the editor who's exploring her wild side, click each photo below to reveal how the team plans to conquer their fashion dreams one affordable piece at a time.
Between animal print everything and island-inspired details, this year's best Summer trends have definitely taken a turn for the exotic. And someone who is very excited to unleash her wild side, sartorially speaking, is fashion editor Stephanie. "My signature style is clean and refined, but there's something about the season's It pieces that makes me want to go all in," she shared. "Zebra stripe clothing, raffia fringe bags, extra exaggerated hats, shell jewellery — wearing them is like going on an adventure, but through my outfit."
While you can wear these pieces separately for a tamer touch, Stephanie is looking forward to wearing them together for a more-is-more look. The trick is to opt for an entirely neutral palette, and to balance statement pieces, like a zebra print skirt, with subtle ones, like a delicate shell charm on a bangle. "I already know this charm bracelet is going to complete all my Summer looks. It's trend-forward while still feeling very sophisticated."
It's true that as editors, we can often get caught up in the latest fads. But senior fashion editor Amanda is making it a point to opt for longevity over all else this season. "I love shopping the latest trends, but it's easy to get swept up in what's current and not think ahead to next season," she said. "I really want to make an effort to invest in quality, on-trend pieces that I'll wear again and again."
At the top of her list? The quintessential wear-with-everything accessory: gold hoops. "Gold hoops are a classic investment piece, versatile and timeless, but I love how these have unique detailing, making them very current and cool."
Summer is arguably the most playful season, and having fun with fashion comes easily, especially for assistant beauty editor Carrie. "Quirky, bold, and colourful are where my tastes typically land on the style spectrum, and I'm hoping to really lean into that this Summer," she shared. So how is she planning on going even quirkier, bolder, and more colourful? The answer lies in the details: voluminous shapes, bright, vibrant shades, and asymmetrical earrings.
"Aside from loud colours, nothing screams quirky to me quite like animal motifs and accessories. That's why I'm trading in my tamer pieces — i.e. the thick gold hoops I've worn for the last six months — for bolder styles, like these lion and heart-shaped earrings. I love that they're dainty enough to pair with anything without being overpowering, but still make a noticeable statement that perfectly fulfils my fashion goal this Summer."
Whether you're feeling inspired or looking to hit the refresh button, a new season is the perfect time to shake things up in the style department. This Summer, associate fashion editor Kathleen is excited to pare back her accessories, opting for subtle over her usual statement. "I plan to trim down my wardrobe and only keep pieces that truly speak to me — same goes for my jewellery collection," she said. "I used to be all about large, statement accessories — and don't get me wrong, I still appreciate a giant necklace now and then — but this season I'm trying to tap into my minimalist side. The goal is to look clean, polished, and effortless."
With things like barely-there sandals and dainty hair pins on her shopping list, she's pretty much met her goal. But the pièce de résistance? Delicate gold triangle stud earrings to accompany every outfit. "I love these dainty gold studs because they're incredibly versatile with a touch of glam and edge. They're small but mighty as they pack a major style punch while remaining low-key and chic. I can see myself wearing these all Summer long no matter the occasion. Whether I'm wearing a swimsuit or a formal dress, they're the perfect accessory for the new minimal me."