Summer has always been a fickle friend to the British Isles, but this year, it seems she’s taken capriciousness to new heights. As we approach what should be the zenith of the season, one might have expected to find themselves reading a leisurely guide on packing for languid afternoons in sun-drenched parks, picnic baskets brimming with delights. Instead, I find myself caught in the throes of a meteorological tug-of-war, searching for pieces that can cater to both sweltering heat and sudden deluges.

Adapting to this whimsical weather requires a sartorial strategy as nimble as the forecast. This season, versatility is paramount. Lightweight layers in breathable fabrics are the unsung heroes of your wardrobe. Think crisp cotton shirts that can be effortlessly rolled up at the sleeves when the sun makes an appearance, or elegantly buttoned down as clouds gather ominously overhead. Pair these with tailored shorts for the day’s peak temperatures and have a pair of slim, tapered trousers on standby for when the mercury drops. Unfortunately, outerwear is no longer an afterthought; it’s an essential so consider a sleek, minimalist raincoat in a muted tone—perfect for shrugging on over your ensemble without compromising on style.

But it's not all doom and gloom. At the first glimmer of sun, I urge you to play into summer tradition and pack up your finest foodstuffs for an al fresco event - or, since we're tight on time, trust in an expert to pack it for you. We can't be wasting a minute right now - so scroll on to discover an extremely broad edit of the best buys for July (whatever it may bring).