Our Favourite Post Lockdown Buys

By Charlene Bent, Style News (Credit: NEXT SS21 image) As the restrictions continue to lift, we’re excited about re-kindling our love with a wardrobe that doesn’t include an elasticated waistband. From mood-boosting colour combinations to a footwear revolution, we scoured Rushden Lakes to list some of our favourite buys to successfully nail the trends post-lockdown. (Credit: Primark Rushden Lakes) If you’re keen to shop sustainably, we’ve got you covered. Independent, check. Heritage and faithful high street saviours? Sorted. We have a plethora of styles for you to choose from and have narrowed them down for easy shopping, you’re welcome! (Credit: Flannels Rushden Lakes) Here are the 15 hand-picked pieces from the Style News team with a fresh sartorial approach to get you prepped and ready to brave our new normal. Accessorize The adjustment period from low maintenance indoor style to being out and about and donning colour will take a little getting used to, but this gorgeous green ensemble will give you motivation to step out safely with all your PPE in tow. Accessorize - Kayla curve tote bag green was £32.00 now £16.00! River Island For a daytime look that hails the sunshine, this maxi dress will put your outfit indecision woes at ease. River Island Yellow floral print Bardot maxi dress £50.00 The excitement of finally being able to socialise again and see your friends calls for these fabulous Girlfriend Chesham jeans from Fat Face £49.50 We don’t need an excuse to indulge in some fashionable jewellery and these hooped earrings from Mooch are easy to style with your summer wardrobe.  Mooch Rose gold and silver plated drop earrings £8 Ready for vacations, staycations and everything in between, these trendy woven sandals will get you through all your summer plans with ease. Schuh black tilde weave square toe sandals £30.00 Jack Wills is bringing us flowers to nod to the season with this pretty feminine number (located in Frasers). Jennie Mini Floral Print Dress Was £54.99 Now £28 With this nautical classic and comfy look, you can go from day to night in this Joules essential. Joules Riviera Short Sleeve Jersey Dress Was £39.95 Now £31.95 With all the gorgeous pastel tones for Summer 21 a muted piece will compliment your outfit. Shop this investment buy from Jones Bootmaker. Adelyn Wedge Mule Sandals from Jones Bootmaker £89.00 This light, sleeveless mock top is cut in a vibrant green for an on-trend style. Pair with jeans or shorts for a laidback lunch. Available at House of Fraser Was £54 Now £38 No summer look is complete without a pair of statement shades and it does not get better than a classic pair from Gucci. With designers serving a retro approach to frames this season, we’re in love with this tonal pair featuring the brands signature interlocking GG. Gucci Square Frame Acetate Sunglasses £225 at Flannels Famous for their breathable linen collection, these White Stuff paper bag shorts are the exceptions to break the ‘no elasticized waist’ rule. These shorts are all comfort and all style. Pair with a chunky necklace and white tee for a street style vibe. White Stuff Lily Linen Shorts £45 Dresses are all the rage this summer and this textured lace white number is the perfect addition to your collection. Superdry Ellison Textured Lace Dress Was £59.99 Now £30.00 Swarovski is bursting with colour this season and this cocktail ring reflects light at every angle. Add this luxury piece to your basket. Swarovski Curiosa Ring £165 Complete your look with this candy treat at Robert Goddard. Michael Kors Amy Large Pebbled Leather Shoulder Bag £290 For a draped blouse that’s easy to wear, this cropped pick is just the ticket for a trendy summer holiday style. H&M Draped Floral Blouse £17.99 (All images from retailer websites as highlighted in links)