We present the only style checklist you’ll need to update your wardrobe and reflect the season’s fresh perspective

With a new-season wardrobe to build and an entire collection at your fingertips, the prospect of where to start can be overwhelming so we’ve compiled a checklist to make things a little easier. From party dresses designed with wedding invites in mind to the ultimate throw-on-and-go cream jacket, our top five summer styles will form a strong foundation for almost any occasion.

The shirt is never out of style but it tends to take somewhat of a back seat when it comes to must-haves due to its classic nature. This season however, silk tops promote even the most understated of silhouettes to elegant new heights and revive the year-round go-to to make it something of a statement piece. Styling opportunities are endless as it goes with everything from downtime denim to polished women's tailoring, and even works tucked in to the season’s coveted midi skirts and culottes.

Advocates of leather jackets rejoice for there’s a summer-ready alternative in town and it feels fresh, relevant and just as luxe. Exuding the same levels of contemporary-cool as its wintery counterpart, the suede jacket offers a softer riff on off-duty styling. This season’s hero designs come in weather-relevant tones that work well with artful prints as well as soft neutrals. Draped nonchalantly over the shoulders of a printed maxi dress, worn zipped over the most simplistic of ladies' t-shirts or added to your list of in-flight essentials, it’s the most effortless way to put a premium spin on your look.

For a modern nod to heritage style, look to the season’s oversized suiting silhouettes. Clever folds, strategic pleats and considered detailing bring classic two-piece combinations firmly into the now and offer something a little unexpected with regards to formal styling. Switch full-length tailored trousers for culottes or shorts to channel the season’s penchant for shorter lengths and invest heels with height to contradict boxy, boyish cuts.

Lace is the most feminine of fabrications and it comes in a range of guises, from delicate florals to graphic, architectural cuts. This season’s iterations champion a peek-a-boo aesthetic that reveals a touch of the (sometimes contrasting) lining and emphasises the intricacy of the design. An unmoving summer checklist entry and one that captures chic femininity as well as timeless elegance, the right lace dress holds a place in every summer line-up.

The right shoes can be a real game-changer when it comes to outfit building so it’s key to have at least one pair on hand that you know will instil confidence in your look. Don’t shy away from shades that you’d usually avoid; a colour-pop shoe like bold red heels is the perfect way to add a distinctive twist to an otherwise neutral outfit and will refresh last year’s go-to occasionwear in an instant. When it comes to shape, go-anywhere block heels translate well from day to evening.