The seven pieces you need for the ultimate summer staycation
Kitty Mcgee Executive Fashion Director

The international catwalks signalled a return to low-key, grown-up, wearable fashion this season. Think brilliant, elevated basics that you want to wear now and keep wearing throughout autumn.

Shop from the likes of John Lewis, River Island, Kurt Geiger, Accessorize, Oliver Bonas and more at top shopping destination centre:mk; the perfect place to find all of the fashion pieces you need for a stylish summer in the city and beyond.



This season’s fashion essentials are a mixture of effortless tailoring, long, elegant hemlines, practical footwear, androgynous pieces and pretty accessories, all in a subtle colour palette ensuring a classic, timeless appeal.

Summer suiting sounds more difficult to master than it is. The fundamental rule is to opt for versatile pieces that work for everyday; for most this means lightweight fabrics such as linen, and roomy silhouettes make tailored pieces much more wearable. High-waisted shorts in subtle stripes, retro gingham print or soft beige are the perfect place to start. Wear them with a crisp white shirt and flat sandals for an easy daytime summer look. M&S Shorts £15 (see above).


The utility shirt is another key piece for summer. Whether you are dressing for work, the beach or looking for an effortless evening outfit, the humble shirt ties so much of a summer wardrobe together. M&S Shirt £27.50 (see right).

Beige is the most important colour palette of the moment and summer tailoring is the perfect place to have fun with it. Stone or sand coloured shorts look great with a stiff cotton short sleeved shirt; in either crisp white or tonal beige. Add chunky soled sandals or trainers for an easy, on-trend daytime look. For a chic but unusual evening look, mix beige linen tailoring with a black cotton t-shirt or vest and barely there sandals, adding some fine, layered gold jewellery to finish. Pandora Necklace £175, Oliver Bonas Hair Clip £12, Jigsaw Ring £25, Oliver Bonas Headband £18 (left to right)


The versatile statement dress is a lesson in how to update your summer wardrobe without upping the effort-ante, and is the perfect piece to take you through to autumn seamlessly. Lengths have come down further from last year’s midi lengths so look for loose silhouettes and hemlines that finish mid-calf to ankle. Collar bone skimming straps and voluminous shapes are perfect for understated summer style, while ruffle and wrap details will ensure you stand out at events; just add hair accessories, a basket bag and leather sandals. As autumn approaches re-think your look by layering a fine knit over your summer dress and adding knee-high boots. And/Or Dress at John Lewis £185, M&S Dress £39.50 (see below).

All Saints Dress at John Lewis Dress £188, M&S Dress £49.50 (see above).

The shoe that will tie all of your summer daywear together is the flat sandal. With chic leather versions as well as more sporty styles available it’s the perfect piece to finish off your capsule summer wardrobe. For an expert finishing touch, opt for an embellished handbag, some delicate gold jewellery and some strategically placed hair accessories, all will add a playful edge to summer looks. Kurt Geiger Sandals £129 (see right).


centre:mk has everything you need for a summer staycation, here are some must-have fashion highlights available to at the centre now. (see right).