The Complete Capsule: 11 Summer Essentials to Carry You Through Till Fall

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The Complete Capsule: 11 Summer Essentials to Carry You Through Till Fall

The weather in this country might be as confusing as the politics this week, but we're happily distracting ourselves by contemplating the mechanics of our summer wardrobes. We don't need to list off the items that belong in a seasonal capsule (in every beach-bound suitcase, you'll find dresses, sandals and swimsuits). However, there are certain versions that will prove the most versatile and really see you through the next six weeks—and perhaps even six years.

The ideal 2020 summer capsule wardrobe includes classics we revisit every year, including tan leather sandals, white dresses, basket bags and simple swimwear. There are some new additions to the list this year, however, including fun hair accessories, strappy sandals and vest tops. Keep scrolling to shop 11 editor-approved essentials that will see you through this summer, the sudden heatwave and beyond.

No summer wardrobe is complete without a breezy and effortless white dress. Whether you go for a relaxed linen dress or voluminous cotton frock, it will be your go-to versatile piece you lean on time and time again.

Milkmaid tops are the perfect items for weekends in the park, and thankfully, Topshop, ASOS, H&M and more have all created pretty prairie-style tops with lace-up detailing, shirred bodices, square necklines and bows.

Tan leather slides have long been associated with luxury thanks to Hermès's iconic Oran sandals and Saint Laurent's Nu Pieds. High-street versions can look just as elegant. 

When it's just too hot to wear white jeans and unthinkable to even consider anything as complicated as a jumpsuit, a slip skirt will continue to be your best pal well into the warmer months. Pair with a nostalgic tee and sandals, and opt for a bucket hat if you'd like to shade your visage in style.

Sunglasses are often a key part of any summer wardrobe, and below are three pairs that will go with any outfit.

When it comes to T-shirts, the tank top is quickly regaining popularity. If you want to expose maximum shoulder, opt for a racer-style or strappy buckled tank. Ribbed tanks with wider straps feel like a smarter option you can wear in casual professional settings too.

In summer, you just can't go wrong with a throw-it-on floral dress. Brands know that, so you won't have to look for long to find a dress that will work as a morning pick-me-up this summer.

The most wide-spread trend so far from the summer collections is strappy sandals (also known as "naked" or "floss" heels). The straps are tiny and contort across the foot in all kinds of crisscrossing patterns. However, in the heat, you're going to want something that reflects this trend but doesn't kill your feet. Cue strappy flat sporty sandals, such as Tevas.

The basket bag has been a summer staple for several years now and is an enduring fashion import from French style icons. 

A hair tie is one of those things you permanently need on your wrist in summer, but this year, prepare to upgrade your ponytails with colorful scrunchies, hair scarves, clips and headbands. Pulling your hair off your face has never looked so chic or felt so liberating.

There are so many exciting swimwear trends around this year, however, when talking about a capsule summer wardrobe, it pays to have a simple bikini or one-piece that goes with everything.

This post originally appeared on Who What Wear UK.

Up next, seven strikingly simple summer outfits I'm trying when I have nothing to wear.

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You Won't Believe How Easy and Effective These DIY Face Masks Are

And you probably have all of the ingredients in your kitchen.

You Won't Believe How Easy and Effective These DIY Face Masks Are

When it comes to beauty routines, there’s nothing quite like a face mask to turn your everyday skincare steps into a relaxing, self-care moment. Taking five to 10 minutes whilst the mask works its magic is probably the closest experience to a spa day we can get right now. Your mind and your skin will also thank you for that bit of extra attention. 

So now onto the decision of which mask to use. From hydrating sheet masks to under-eye plumping patches and good old-fashioned detoxifying charcoal masks, these days there’s a plethora of options on the market promising miraculous results. But have you ever considered making your own?  

Would you believe some of the best and most effective face masks can be made in the comfort of your own kitchen and without the extraneous ingredients that you can sometimes find in shop-bought concoctions? Just purely good stuff.

Keep scrolling for homemade mixtures to help with everything from congested skin, dryness and, of course, getting that glow. Just a few things to remember: Always do a patch test first, be sure to use them on the same day of making and check those sell-by dates. (If you wouldn’t eat it, probably best not to slather it on your face.) Happy face-masking! 

If your moisturizer isn’t quite going far enough this winter, this brunch-appropriate combination will quench and nourish your skin. According to Clean Beauty Insiders co-founder Dominika Minarovic, honey is a “wonder ingredient.” As a humectant, it helps skin retain moisture without adding oil, helping the appearance of scars and aiding skin cell regeneration. Add oats, a popular ingredient for brands like Garnier, which have soothing and moisturizing properties, and avocado oils will leave skin feeling extra smooth.  Ingredients: 1/2 avocado. 1 tbsp. honey. Handful of oats. Directions: Mash avocado and mix all ingredients together. Apply to clean dry skin and leave on for 15 minutes max, avoiding eye area. Wash off with warm water and moisturize as usual.  

Honey is not only moisturizing, but it’s also a natural antibacterial, making it extremely effective in acne-fighting masks, according to Lily Kunin, creator of Clean Food Dirty City and author of the plant-based cookbook Good Clean Food. “Nutritional yeast is also excellent for treating acne, as it’s rich in B-vitamins that help calm the skin barrier, especially if you’re breaking out around your period,” she says.  Ingredients:  2 chamomile tea bags. 1 tbsp. Manuka honey. 1 tsp. nutritional yeast. Directions:  Brew one cup of chamomile tea using two tea bags and cool completely. Mix together the honey and yeast, and add enough of the cool tea to make a paste runny enough to spread over your face. Apply a thin layer and leave for 20 minutes. Wash off and moisturize as usual. 

No need to spend all your money on the latest acids and toners just yet. Try out this all-natural version first and reap the rewards. Yogurt is full of lactic acid, which will lift away tired and dull surface cells and reveal the brighter layers below. Honey will add elasticity to the skin and, according to Kate Protopapas, founder of all-natural, vegan and cruelty-free skincare brand Isla Apothecary, turmeric is extremely useful for combatting pigmentation. Ingredients: 1 tbsp. natural, plain yogurt. 1 tbsp. honey. 1 tbsp. turmeric powder. Directions: Mix all ingredients together and apply to clean, dry skin. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes, wash off and moisturize as usual. 

If your skin is looking dull, try this natural mixture, which is a gentle alternative to stronger acids (especially good if your skin is on the sensitive side). Aloe vera, filled with vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12 (phew), has unbeatable radiance-enhancing and soothing properties, and papaya is a natural exfoliant with dead-skin-cell-dissolving enzymes, leaving your skin on the (much) glowier and plumper side.  Ingredients: 1 tbsp. cacao powder . 1/4 papaya flesh. Squeeze of aloe vera. Directions: Mix all ingredients together, apply to clean, dry skin and leave for 10 minutes. Wipe off with cotton pads or tissue and rinse any excess.  

If it’s the opposite of dry, cracked skin you’re suffering from, this mask will help calm and mattify. Oatmeal soothes, and the combination of egg yolks will tighten and plump. You may think the addition of olive oil makes no sense at all if it’s the opposite you’re trying to achieve, but the kitchen essential will help balance out hydration, aiming to slow your body’s overproduction of its own oils. It’s also packed with vitamin E, which acts to create a barrier for the skin post-mask, protecting against any cell-damaging free radicals. Ingredients: 1 egg yolk. 1 tbsp. honey. 1 tbsp. olive oil. Small handful of oatmeal. Directions: Combine all of the ingredients well and apply to clean, dry face for 15 to 20 minutes, avoiding the eye area. Wash off with luke-warm water and then moisturize. 

It’s more important than ever to be protecting your skin from the damaging effects of environmental factors like pollution. This DIY mask from Clean Beauty Insiders will do just the job. Vitamin E from the olive oil and the abundant antioxidants found in matcha will create a barrier on the skin, fighting those dreaded free radicals that can come from external factors like pollution and leave skin feeling tired and dull, breaking down collagen production and dehydrating the surface. Meanwhile, fatty acids from the almonds will leave the skin feeling plumped and supple.  Ingredients: Handful of ground almonds . 2 tbsp. olive oil. 1tsp. matcha green tea powder. Directions: Mix together ingredients and leave on clean skin for up to 10 minutes. Before rinsing off with warm water, massage the paste into skin to exfoliate dead cells and remove everything that might be clogging the pores.  

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