So you thought summer was never going to happen. So did we! Make the most of the sweltering sunshine with our high summer shopping guide. Rain, what rain?
With a heatwave currently hitting most of the UK, we can finally wear some proper summer clothes. Hurrah! That means legs out, eyes protected and keeping your cool in style in the scorching sun with our pick of the best summer dresses, sunglasses, sandals, shorts and skirts. Currently top of our wish list is this paisley print shift dress from Topshop with a splash of neon colour.
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Sandals collection in need of an update? Then you have to make this animal print pair from Zara your next fashion purchase. We. Love.
With Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises taking the cinema by storm, why not channel the comic book spirit with 3.1 Phillip Lim's printed T-shirt? Ka-Pow!
Protect your peepers from the sun's glare with these statement printed sunglasses by KG Kurt Geiger.
Add a pop of fun neon colour to your summer ensembles with this fluorescent pink bag from the Cambridge Satchel Company. Fun, fun, fun!
Every girl should have a cute playsuit in their summer style arsenal. Warehouse's blue floral print number is our top high street pick.
Not only will this multi-coloured ASOS watch keep you on track of summer diary appointments, but it adds a summery touch to your accessories too.
Nothing screams summer better than a floral print. Get the look with Warehouse's oh-so-pretty shorts a snip at just £20!
A fashion bargain if ever we saw one, this £12.99 striped H&M top will go with a plethora of summer items for tons and tons of wear.
How beautiful is this Miss Selfridge pencil skirt? Looking way more expensive than its £45 price tag, this style will ensure you turn heads all summer long.
No high summer wardrobe is complete without a pair of denim cut-off shorts. This star print style from Current/Elliott is a fun take on the fashion classic.
Whether you're heading to a festival this weeked, going on a mini-break or just joining some friends in the park, carry all of your day-to-day essentials in style with this fringed handbag from River Island.
Add a jolt of shimmer to your summer look with H&M's sparkly sandals priced at a rude-not-to £12.99.
Want an alternative to summer maxi dresses and shifts? Then why not give this printed Mango jumpsuit a go?
From the chic turquoise hue and loose fit to the purse-friendly £63 price tag, we love everything about this belted Reiss dress.
Shade your face from the sun's powerful glare with this chic striped hat from New Look.
Maxi dresses continue to be a high summer staple. Topshop's floral print design will keep you cool in the heat and last for seasons and seasons to come.
If you're thinking of sunbathing in the scorching sun this week, then you have to snap up this palm tree print bikini from H&M an absolute steal at just £13.98!
Italian shoe brand Superga has teamed up with House of Holland for a fun summer collaboration. Our favourite item in the range? These spot print trainers for summer style and comfort.
If you're looking for a smarter skirt option, this Topshop style is for you. Slightly more structured than your typical summer skirt, this floral print design will work just as well at the office, as it will in the park.
It's summery, it's vibrant pink, it costs just £7.99. We're sold!
Illesteva gives its signature round-frame sunglasses a fresh spin for 2012 in violet acetate. We want, we want, we want...
Whether you wear these slouchy All Saints shorts with simple T-shirts, high fashion tops or slinky vests, we can guarantee that you'll reach for them again and again.
No summer top collection is complete without a classic striped tee. Get the timeless look for less with Dorothy Perkins' £15 design.
Add print maestro Jonathan Saunders' signature striking designs to your summer wardrobe this week, and flaunt your fashion credentials by snapping up this vivid green number.
Possibly our favourite dress of summer so far, this daisy print number from Oasis will take pride of place in our wardrobe.
Here at MC we're a sucker for a pretty floral print. Luckily for us, Whistles' spring/summer 2012 collection is jam-packed with such items. Case in point, this floaty midi-length skirt that creates a gorgeous fluid silhouette.
Tap into this season's pastel colour trend with Topshop's leather look shorts in candy pink. Ready, steady... shop!
Prepare to flash those pins in Mango's floral print skirt. The dark blue hue means this will work wonders come autumn/winter too, teamed with some tights and a snug knit, meaning you get lots of wear for just £12.99.
This gorgeous floral print top has zoomed straight to the top of our summer wish list. We'll race you to the shops!
Dressing for work in the searing heat can be tricky. Wear this grey linen dress from Jigsaw to nail office chic.
Go retro with your sunglasses choice this week and wear Miu Miu's red glitter cat-eye sunnies with pride.
If low-key and casual is more your style, you'd be mad not to pick up this striped tube skirt from Topshop. It will go with everything, trust us!
Shoe lovers rejoice! The classic thong sandal has been given a pretty summer make-over at Zara this season. These ice blue shoes will add just a touch of colour to your summer look.
This silk-chiffon dress in mint green by Rebecca Taylor is our new go-to choice for nailing heatwave style.
The quintessential summer short gets an Americana twist, courtesy of this flag print design. Perfect for anyone seeking a wardrobe update.
Been looking all over for a pair of stylish sunglasses without the designer price tag? Then your search is over, thanks to these two-tone shades from Zara.
Not only will this fab River Island skirt work brilliantly in the heat, but we can totally see it smartened up with a sheer blouse and statement heels come autumn/winter too.
This vibrant red textured linen dress by J.Crew from Net-a-Porter is the perfect style choice for summer garden parties and al fresco lunches.
Pretty corset tops are a stylish alternative to the regular tanks and tees. Wear with a high-waisted skirt or shorts for a sexy summer look. We've upped our daily sit-ups in preparation!
Put your dark, dreary skirts to back of your closet and pull on this super-cute mini from Milly. It's guaranteed to put a spring in your step.
Add a touch of romance to your summer tops with Alice and Olivia's white bustier style. Wear with a floral mini skirt of a floaty pleated midi-length design for a feminine finish.
Swish and swoosh to your heart's content this summer in Oasis' polka dot maxi skirt.
Fashion's florals are in full bloom this season, as this colourful vest top from Stella McCartney shows. Simply wear it with shorts or a skirt for effortless summer style.
Bored of your typical plain black and block colour skirts? Then why not try this printed Topshop style on for size?
If the temperature does dip at all this week, we'll be wearing these snakeskin print trousers from Whistles. Simply team with a slouchy white tee and flat sandals for an effortlessly cool look.
Wear just one or stack several up your wrists for a pop of bright colour with your summer outfits.
We love, love, love this lace shift dress from Zara. It's pretty, it's ethereal, it's romantic... we just can't get enough!
Go tribal with your top choice this week with this Aztec beaded style from Topshop. A perfect buy for the summer festival season too.