The Chic List: This stylish friend never lets me down

Fashion columnist and influencer Joanne Hegarty on how to dress for summer.

If seasons were people, autumn would be the sophisticated woman, all camel coat and elegant knitwear, while winter is the cold-hearted one who everyone wants to vanish.

Spring is the fun one, who shows up in a great dress and makes many exciting plans.

But summer is the best. She’s warm-hearted, easy-going and stylishly carefree. Picnics, pools, travel adventures, daytime drinking, sunshine on your face.

With my Loewe basket, wearing a silk skirt and jacket by Icicle, plus flats by Aeyde

But summer leaves too quickly, so here’s how I’ll be making the most of our time together and eking out every last style moment of the season…

  • I downsize leather handbags and focus on ones that can sit in the crook of your arm. Totes look cumbersome and are best packed away until October. The only substantial bag I’m carrying is a basket. I recently chased down this Loewe one (above) on pre-loved website Vestiaire Collective.
  • My ongoing goal is to become a more considered shopper. Anything I buy, I like to think: ‘I’ll still be wearing this in 30 years and I’ll be so chic.’ A white trouser suit was one of those wardrobe splurges that I never knew I needed until this summer. Together, it packs a punch; worn separately, the trousers and blazer go with everything I own.
  • Less is more when it comes to summer. Too much bling can overcomplicate things and weigh you down. During the day I wear minimalist pieces: a gold link bracelet and necklace. For balmy evenings all you need is your favourite dress, a cocktail ring or a pair of wow earrings.
  • An oversized linen or poplin shirt is perfect to throw on for lazy weekend mornings or on holiday over beachwear. Plus in summer they achieve that rare balance between smart and casual.
  • Greek-style sandals add a bohemian twist to your wardrobe. I especially love the brand Ancient Greek Sandals, but if you are thinking of investing in a designer pair I recommend the Oran sandals from Hermès, which you can source new or secondhand. My pair have lasted six summers and are still going strong.
  • Packing cubes work especially well with summer wardrobes and have been a game-changer for me when it comes to family holidays. They can be used for clothes, shoes, hard-to-pack toiletries and hair tools such as straighteners. I found some really sturdy ones on


Expect lots of wardrobe glamour in the TV adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s book Daisy Jones & The Six. Not-so-secretly inspired by Fleetwood Mac, this tells the rise and fall of a fictitious band in 1970s LA. The cast is a motley crew of cool girls including Riley Keough (above), Camila Morrone and Suki Waterhouse. On Amazon Prime Video this autumn.


Anissa Kermiche is famous for the ‘bum’ vase and I adore this jewellery box by her, too (£275, As well as being practical, it looks like a piece of art. A perfect gift for a special birthday.


I love nothing more than finding a piece on the high street that looks a lot more than its price tag. These linen-blend culottes from Zara (£49.99) are a fine example. Sure to be a holiday hit.

Follow me on Instagram @thestylistandthewardrobe