Texture test: summer’s must-have materials

Summer is always a difficult season, with its sticky feeling and soaring temperatures it’s often difficult to stay cool without baring too much flesh. And if we’re not on the beach, its hardly appropriate to saunter around in a miniscule bikini.

The answer? Covering up in this season’s must-have materials that promise to keep us cool and suitably stylish at the same time.

The runways were awash with touch-me textures this season, where everything from lace to leather gave added depth to summer’s staples with feminine accents and cool-girl edge. And the best part? They’ll translate through to next season effortlessly, too.

We’ve hunted down our favourite five must-have fabrics for the season that are guaranteed to give a new-season zing to our seasonal style. From lace to leather and silk to suede, take a peek at the textures we’re readily welcoming into our wardrobes…


Zimmermann lace all in one, £218, available at Matches. BUY NOW!


See by Chloe chiffon ruffle top, £140, available at Urban Outfitters. BUY NOW!

Topshop fuchsia suede shorts, £48, available at Topshop. BUY NOW!

Image 1 of Karen Millen Beautiful Dip Dyed Chiffon Dress

Karen Millen dip dyed chiffon dress, £190, available at ASOS. BUY NOW!

Hervé Léger suede and cork ankle boots, £780 £312, available at BUY NOW!

Markus Lupfer silk trompe kaftan dress, $468.30 (£296.15), available at ShopBop. BUY NOW!

3.1 Phillip Lim sleeveless knot waist romper, £405, available at BUY NOW!

ASOS leather colour block satchel, £75, available at ASOS. BUY NOW!

Kaelen Tamela leather tunic, $475 (£300.38), available at ShopBop. BUY NOW!

Joseph Tracy leather combo dress, £505, available at my-wardrobe. BUY NOW!

Navy lace border mesh shell top, £30, available at Topshop. BUY NOW!

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