Summer in the city never fails to spark the age-old question, to bring or not to bring a jacket? Humidity is rife and dressing is, well, tricky.

Thankfully, we’ve done the hard work of fashioning three versatile looks for tackling London summertime, by way of an unsuspecting hero: crotchet.

Bringing beachy vibes to drab days in the office and making for the go-to piece on actual beaches, Staud’s 60s-inspired peplum tank top is a failsafe addition to summer wardrobes. The cornflower blue pairs effortlessly with denim and neutral tones, while the contrasting crimson trim and lace-up front are best served with a matching red lip. Layer over your swimsuit for some poolside panache, or style as we have done for an easy day-to-night ensemble.

Let this statement strappy shine and choose muted monochrome separates for a relaxed look. Solid & Striped's airy poplin skirt mimics the top’s peplum shape and injects some bohemian cool to your summer wardrobe. When the clouds come out, simply throw over a worker jacket for structure – H&M's suede contrast-sitch number gets our vote – and finish with woven accessories for some picnic-perfect appeal.

Alternatively, if you’re feeling drawn to the bright stitched shades then don’t be afraid to match with equally-bold bottoms. These chartreuse culottes from Topshop Boutique reserve just enough workwear charm to make this the ultimate outfit for in and out of the office. Switch out your ‘sensible’ shoes for these powder pink mules from Wander, and you’ll be dreaming of brunches in sunny destinations (even if it’s raining on London’s rooftop bars). 

Meanwhile, shorts are tipped to be one of SS19’s strongest trends – if you’re considering investing in a pair then Stella McCartney’s make for a very good place to start. Equal parts sporty and Western, these laser-cut faux-leather bermudas fit the brief – be it an evening drinks date or an all-day adventure. Layer your crotchet over a cheerful print for a deliciously eclectic get-up.

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