Essential Pieces You Need for a Chic Summer

Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s time to update your wardrobe.

While we have summer weather practically all year round, the heat reaches intolerable levels in April, making it the perfect time to break out cool, lightweight clothes and palettes of white and sand.

Differentiate yourself this summer by staying away from the raffia and linen. Pick out unexpected fabrics and prints instead. We’ve compiled the must-have summer pieces and where you can get them.

Bold and lively prints

Prints aren’t particularly new for summer, but this season there’s a noticeable focus on the bright and eye-catching variation. Instead of florals, focus on unexpected prints like chinoiserie-inspired or even rainbow colors. Aside from prints, flowy satins are worth looking into—in muted tones such as olive green, tan, gray, and cream.


MAX&Co. Paladino blouse

MAX&Co. Dativo dress

MAX&Co. is located at C1 Bonifacio High Street Central and Shangri-La Plaza Mall

Original Penguin striped tee

Original Penguin printed polo

Original Penguin by Munsingwear is located at SM Mall of Asia and Power Plant Mall

Lightweight bags

When it comes to bags, raffia is having a moment this season. Designer brands such as Loewe, Tory Burch, and even Fendi (long-known for its fur and velvet offerings) have capitalized on the trend. If you’re looking for something different, try a lightweight tote or a tan-toned sling bag. These styles evoke a summer vibe without being too obvious.

BALLY Minibag

BALLY XL canvas tote

BALLY is located at Greenbelt 5, Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-La Plaza, and Newport Mall

The white sneaker

The sneaker is a definite staple for 2018. From ugly sneakers to trusty trainers, the once overlooked style has taken fashion collections by storm. Retro has been a recurring theme these past few months, so opt for the perennial classic: A white pair, though one with added eye-catching details.

BALLY Competition sneaker

BALLY Galaxy sneakers

BALLY is located at Greenbelt 5, Rustan’s Makati, Shangri-La Plaza, and Newport Mall

Bright mirrored sunglasses

Catch the light with a pair of mirrored sunglasses. The reflective lenses will add a much-needed modern touch to any outfit. Previous seasons have ridden on the same trend (albeit with bright and neon colors). This season, however, it’s best to stick with classic colors such as gunmetal, brown, and silver.

Cartier Panthère de Cartier sunglasses

Cartier Panthère de Cartier sunglasses

Cartier Santos Eyewear sunglasses

Cartier is located at Greenbelt 4, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La, and Newport Resorts World

The versatile watch

Throw on a versatile watch just for the season. Pick from more comfortable leather strapped options or two-toned ones that’ll match just about everything. Reference a nautical theme by choosing a navy or red strap. Women can rely on rose gold to pull any outfit together and make it chic.

Cartier Panthère de Cartier Two Colour

Cartier Skeleton Double Tourbillon

Cartier Drive de Cartier

Cartier is located at Greenbelt 4, Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La, and Newport Resorts World

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