The Style Shaper – Summer wardrobe must haves

🌸Hello everyone!🌸

After some lovely comments and direct messages, I have decided to compile some staple style pieces from three different high street stores that I think are a must have for your summer wardrobe. The three stores I have decided to work with on this piece include:

  • River Island
  • Pennys/Primark 
  • Dunnes Stores

I think the three chosen are a great mix of price points if you are working with or without a budget this summer.

All of the pieces coming up in this post are very versatile as you can mix and match them as you please along with dressing them up or down! 

Here’s a sneak peak of what’s coming up from Penny’s/Primark!!


As Spring/Summer trends are starting to clog up our favourite stores, I thought it would be good idea to create a blog post for you all with some of my eleven favourite picks from the high street. It was hard to narrow the trends down, but the items I have picked are staple pieces that you will be able to play around with and wear for either day or night time. 

The eleven pieces featured in this post will include:

  • The white skinny jean
  • The palazzo pant 
  • Duster coat
  • The culotte
  • Flatforms 
  • Florals – box bag and court shoe
  • Fringes 
  • Matching Co-ords 
  • The shirt dress 
  • Sunglasses 
  • The sleeveless jacket

The White skinny jean – 

One of the must haves for your wardrobe this summer is a white skinny jean or pant, and they are everywhere on the high street! I have got two different ones to show you today. One from River Island and one if you are on more of a budget from Dunnes stores. 


This white tube pant is from River Island and is priced at €50

Now to be compleatly honest with you, I have various pairs of these tube pants. I think they are great quality, easy to wear and are so comfortable. They also have quite a high waist, which is great if you are like me and like them high on your hips. 


These White skinny jeans are from Dunnes Stores and are priced at €25

These jeans are a great alternative to the more expensive tube pant and are cotton to touch so are comfortable to wear. At this price you couldn’t go wrong either! 

The palazzo pant – 

Trending on the high street right now is the palazzo pant. If you remember in my previous post about body shapes I mentioned a wide leg pant for the Inverted triangle shape or the Apple shape! Well this is going to be your best friend this summer!! 


This khaki crepe print palazzo pant is from River Island and is priced at €45

I decided to pick this one as my style staple as I think it is priced fairly but you can also play around with this so much! Working in blacks, whites and khaki colours with it will also create an on trend look. 

I also have another pair to show you that is a lot more affordable. 


This white pair of palazzo pants are from Pennys/Primark and are €17

White is a big colour this summer and this pair of palazzo pants will certainly bring you through the season. White is such an easy colour to work with and they can be dressed up or down, from day to night. 

Paired here with a pair of flatforms, you could also go with a flat sandal during the day or a wedge for night time. They are the perfect holiday must have.

The duster coat – 

If you checked out the ‘what I wore’ section in my blog post for the photoshoot last week, you will have seen that I wore a black duster coat which was from Penny’s/Primark. I have picked out a duster coat for you all which comes in three, yes three different colours, and all from the one store. 


This duster coat is from Dunnes Stores and is priced at €25

This fab mint colour duster coat is a steal from Dunnes Stores. It comes in three colours, mint, blush pink and black. These pastel colours will be perfect for your summer wardrobe, as they can be dressed up or down whatever the occasion! 

The culotte 

Trending at fashion week and big on the high street this season is the culotte. Now, I was a little bit sceptical when I first seen them, wondering how they would sit on the body but also about the 3/4 length. But…..let me tell you! They are fabulous on!! I purchased these ones below! 


These floral print culottes are from Pennys/Primark and are just €17

What a steal!! After fitting these on in Pennys, I fell in love and I can’t wait to style them! They come in different colours and prints. Unfortunately as we all know Pennys stores can vary. I found these in the Carlow store in plain black, Ivory, the above floral print and a white with a navy parallel stripe. 

The Flatform – 

Making their first appearance last year, the flatform has made a powerful comeback this season with a fantastic range in almost every highs street store. I decided on these metallic ones today as I have purchased them myself and know that they are comfortable, stylish and on trend.


These metallic flatforms are available from Pennys/Primark and are €18

Pennys/Primark have a fantastic range of flatforms out now in an array of colours and styles. I personally like a bit of height in the wedge, but if you would prefer a smaller wedge, they are doing a range that will suit you.

Florals – The box bag

Box bags have become quite a big trend in recent months from colourful clashes to fearsome prints. As the floral print has made a comeback once again this summer, I decided to show you all this box bag which carries a more Hawaiian print which would be perfect for your holidays. 


This box bag is a steal from Pennys/Primark – Price to be confirmed

Brighten up your outfit with this box bag as it is a must have style staple accessorie that will jazz up your look, but also bring through the floral trend in your outfit. It has a double sided floral pattern with a gold trim and gold strap. This bag is quite versatile as it can be carried as a shoulder bag or as a clutch.

The court shoe – 

The court shoe has hit the high street with a bang this season, with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian making it her shoe of choice. I have chosen this court shoe as my wardrobe summer staple as I think it has the prettiest pattern that you could match with any colours your outfit may carry, and also has an appropriate heel height. 


These court shoes are available from a Pennys/Primark near you – Price to be confirmed 

I think that what makes these pair of courts so special is the floral print. You can see how the print varies in colour, from light to dark, which will make it easy to outfit match. 

The Fringe – 

As a popular festival trend, the fringe has made a strong appearance on the high street. I found this black fringed tank top and a bag comarison for all of you to take a peek at.


This black fringed tank top is a steal from River Isalnd at the fab price of €22

If your channelling the boho chic vibe this season, then head on into your nearest River Island store and pick this up before it’s gone! I think at €22 you certainly can’t go wrong as River Island are known for their product quality. 

The fringed bag – 

I have found two identical fringed duffle bags for you all to have a look at! With a serious price difference between the two, this bag trend will be hard not to follow. 


The first bag to the left is from River Island and is a whopping €50

The second bag to the right is from Pennys/Primark and is a steal at €10

Yes, it is literally like looking at the same bag, but with a €40 price difference! The black fringed duffle bag is appearing all over the high street, with its fab tassels and drawstring fastener.  

Matching Co-ords – 

I think one thing we can all say quite confidently is that our usual go-to dress has taken a back seat this season making room for the new ‘it’ trend that is matching co-ords. Making a strong appearance last year on the catwalks and hitting the high street with a bang towards the end of last year is this trend that seems to keep on growing! 

Now if you feel that you may not be able to pull this trend off, go with separates, as a lot of celebs have been seen taking either the top or bottoms of their co-ords and simply matching it up with a pair of plain bottoms or top. I have decided on this matching co-ord as it is a major steal and has the most beautiful leaf print and colours. 


Isn’t it just beautiful!! A major steal from Pennys/Primark. 

Skirt – €12      Top – €13

If you don’t want to splash out on a matching co-ord, then Pennys/Primark is the answer for you! They have a great selection of seasonal trends that will carry you right through the summer and at a fraction of the price. This look is most definitely a style steal in my books! 

The shirt dress – 

I’m so excited about this one! The shirt dress is trending all over the high street right now, from plain colours to quirky prints and patterns! I have decided on two differnt shirt dresses for you to take a look at today. Both are from the same store, and if you have a bigger budget to work with, the first one may suit you a little better. If you are styling your summer wardrobe on a budget, take a look at my second dress of choice.


This first shirt dress is from River Island and is priced at €100

If your budget has no limits, I would recommend this shirt dress, a design by Jean-Pierre Braganza for River Island. It has the most unusual black forum motor print with an oversized cut and a beautiful longline design. 


This blue check print shirt dress from River Island and is priced at €45

Now let’s face it, most of us will want a wardrobe full of stylish pieces on a budget this summer. I certainly know I will! 

Check print is everywhere!!! And this blue check print shirt dress is a great alternative to the more expensive previous dress. It has a tie waist with 3/4 length sleeves but also carries a beautiful gold button detail down the front. 


Yes, we all lust after that fabulous pair of Ray Ban, Prada or Chanel sunglasses, but a lot of us can’t stretch our budgets that far for something that the Irish weather deprives us so much of – the sun. 

I think the high street has outdone itself in terms of dupe sunglasses. I have a pair here that dupe that of a Chanel pair, and I think you will be quite surprised to see where they are from. 


On the left is a pair of Chanel sunglasses, and to your right is a dupe pair from Pennys/Primark. 

Yes, Pennys have these in at the moment for a steal at €3

I have a pair myself and I find them brilliant in terms of UV protection, style and design. 

The sleeveless jacket – 

I am going to leave on a high note after this one! 

One of the biggest trends that has hit the high street has to be the sleeveless jacket. I have decided on this one as I think the white colour is perfect for this season but it’s also a steal of course! 


And it’s from…… Pennys/Primark! Priced at €20, you can’t go wrong!

This is just perfect in my eyes! It sits perfectly on the shoulder, has a draped lapel and ends just above the knee. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one! 

I hope you have all enjoyed this post on my summer wardrobe must haves! 

Stay fabulous guys and gals! 

The Style Shaper x 

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