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Summer is the season where you need more sartorial tricks up your sleeve than ever before. Unlike winter, when all you need is a sweater and an enormous coat, the long hot months are typically punctuated by every kind of event going — from festivals to vacay to city trips and country retreats. But what to pack? We took some inspiration from the ASOS Insiders to decode your summer suitcase.
ASOS_Lesley wearing a pink gingham crop top and denim shorts

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Boat life

OK, you’re on the trip and you’ve got those vacation vibes handled with all manner of flouncy cotton dresses and embroidered tops. You’ve booked a boat trip to soak up some serious rays and packed a picnic (plus a little Aperol), because you’re an absolute boss. But what do you wear all day? You’ll need more than a swimsuit to protect you from the rays. Denim shorts are essential, then. Perfect worn during the day with a crop top-style bikini — just pack a slinky cami for night time to get maximum usage out of your denim.
ASOS_Astrid wearing plaid dungarees and a crop top

Instagram: @asos_astrid

The road trip

Think of a road trip and Britney Spears immediately comes to mind — we blame the 2002 coming of age drama, Crossroads, when Britters, Zoe Saldana and Taryn Manning jump in a retro convertible car and travel from their native Georgia to the tabletops of Los Angeles. So, with this spirit in mind, you’ll need something cool and comfy — and sneakers, so you’re dressed for any adventure. An overall dress in this cute plaid is foolproof, while wearing it with one shoulder down and a crop underneath will provide an urban look.
ASOS_Barbara wearing a Hawaiian-print shirt and sport shorts

Instagram: @asos_barbara

The country break

Who said the country had to be all boots, plaids and neutral tones? Reinvent the country wardrobe with colorful flashes and directional sportswear — after all, it’s far easier to get undressed to go swimming in that lake or waterfall you just stumbled across if you’re wearing a pair of sports shorts and sliders. Contrast orange track shorts with a summery Hawaiian-print shirt for a directional look — the white sunglasses and checkerboard sliders are the only accessories you’ll need. Well, that and a swimsuit, of course.