There are hundreds of thousands of influencers in the social ether, but only a handful who we religiously stalk in order to virtually steal the clothes off their backs. Our primary target is Monikh—the London-based styling and shopping guru who seeks out the very coolest buys from every corner of the retail world. From her inspiring tips on re-wearing her well-chosen investment items to hunting down the coolest high-street pieces, her Instagram feed @monikh and website are a veritable hotbed of things you’re going to want to purchase immediately (and will never regret). Each week, Monikh will share her new picks exclusively for you…

That feeling when someone asks you, “Oh, where’s that from?!” or “I don’t know that brand…” or “I didn’t know they were making that style this season.” It’s the feeling of being in the fashion know. You too can be one with the credentials and intel that would make Carrie Bradshaw green with satin slip skirt–and–mule combo envy. That’s why I’m here—to give you three must-see pieces. I’m choosing only the best of the best and selecting key items that contribute toward you building the wardrobe of dreams. I’ll be here the same time every week adding to a collection that will elevate you to “Oh, this? It’s old” in no time.

Last week, I started with the best three items to create this summer’s essential wardrobe. This week I’m currently away on holiday, and carefully thought through what I packed in my suitcase. In a hot climate you want pieces that be light and comfortable and will easily mix and match with other items. Here are the three pieces I’m wearing the most from my suitcase…

“When it comes to holiday accessories, you want to find the perfect hat which you wear again and again and again. This will dominate your out-of-office looks, so make it a good one. I’m currently shading my face with this beauty.”

“I am a huge fan of light silk midi dresses—on holiday I find they work extra hard. They’re great to throw on as a comfortable option, and you can make them look different from other shoes and accessories. Rixo is also a no-brainer for me. This brand has created the most sought-after dresses for the past year or two for weddings, dinners and even BBQs. These dresses are gorgeous and they make you feel incredible. So say hello to their latest print—this patchwork slip.”

“I usually wear Hunza swimsuits at the beach, as they are the most flattering swimwear I’ve found, but this bikini is already my new favourite. If you’re like me and already have a suitcase full of one-shoulder swimsuits, let me introduce you to this Matteau bikini. This colour is also my favourite of the season.”

Could be a shirt, could be a jacket—the shacket is still going strong. This will end up being one of those last-minute grabs every time you leave the house.

Off on holiday soon? Maybe a little stay-cation over a long weekend? Well, you need a travelling outfit—one that’s comfortable, chic, and can take you from day to night. This Theory set is in this season’s must-have cornflower blue and will be a look you wear over and over because let’s face it: Comfort is key.

You also might need the matching pants…

I love this brand, not only because Ms Daphine is an absolute babe, but also because her designs are super sleek and reasonably priced. They elevate all my über-minimal looks, making me feel a little more luxe instantly.

As much as I would love to just grab a basket bag every time, for some evening occasions, you need to spice it up. A few years ago, I invested in a bag by The Row—one of my favourite brands—and I’ve used it over and over again. This mini bag is the one to make a casual outfit look a little more delicate and is perfect for chicer nights on the town, weddings and glamorous parties. Also, the new white linen version is a dream! 

This one may sound obvious, but a good T-shirt is key! I’m a huge believer of investing in high-end basics, particularly ones from James Perse, but for those looking at the more affordable end, & Other Stories’ tees are great. They last the entire season and feel great on your skin. I love the vintage style fit and particularly this washed out blue tone. Throw it on with your Re/Done jeans, white The Row bag and a pair of By Far mules and you are ready for day or night.

The babes at Réalisation have just launched a bunch of new dresses that have me weak in the knees. The brand’s dresses make me feel insanely sexy thanks to their vintage prints and fits. Last year, when we had that amazing heat wave, I wore only its dresses, as the material is so lightweight.  

I’ve received so many messages about both my Prada and Chanel “dad” sandals, which, unfortunately, are totally sold out! When I say buy, I mean buy now! But don’t worry because I think these Arizona Love bandana babies are going to be the next big thing. Super relaxed yet fun, the different combinations can give you endless matching opportunities, plus has just started stocking them and basically, you can buy four pairs for the price of one pair from Prada (with money spare for wine, of course).

A ’90s-style bag is the only one to have on your arm for these summer evenings. It’s chic and super nostalgic. Plus, it’s one you could picture Carrie grabbing. The minimal lines also make it work with almost any outfit. No wonder it’s already selling out at multiple stockists…

I think you can definitely benefit from a killer co-ord each season—the kind that you can get out of the wardrobe for big occasions. This one is by a new favourite brand and is a total showstopper. What’s more is that it actually looks better worn casually with flats. I’ve just purchased it in black for my upcoming trip to Mallorca.

The “wow!” dress. This yellow honey is from Shrimps, one of my favourite brands! It’s the brand your go-to when you need that showstopper. The organza silks and dramatic sleeves make you feel insanely pretty whilst still keeping that cool edge—Hannah (Weiland, Shrimps founder), you are amazing! I wore the dusty rose, floral version to a wedding recently and I’ve been itching it throw it back on ever since. It garnered the most compliments I’ve ever had on a dress! Note: Size down if you prefer a slimmer look on the body or have a shorter torso like me. I’ll be wearing it to big events or even summer BBQs with my chunky sandals for the rest of the season.

It’s all about strappy shoes, and although I love white heels, shades of green are my new obsession. These Topshop babies are the perfect addition to a simple white dress (or to the yellow dress above).

Who really are you if you don’t have a basket bag?! I mean, this season, they are the easiest yet chicest way to transport all your favourite things whilst still looking effortless in the local beer garden. This beauty is stocked on Wood/Grey, a company by an incredible woman from Cardiff—supporting my new Welsh roots!

I love a slip dress. It’s the easiest piece in my wardrobe to wear, and the most diverse. Worn on its own with a T-shirt, jumper, jacket and some beautiful shoes! You can really make this look be what you want for different occasions. A few years ago, I bought a black one from AllSaints and I have worn it an insane amount of times, throughout all seasons. The quality is so great, so although it’s a little higher than other high street styles, it’s worth it! AllSaints have now bought it out in this chic oyster tone, with the optional detachable T-shirt, which is a great way to make it more casual.

You’ve seen through my Instagram that my newest everyday staple is that brown fringe jacket by Nili Lotan. Yes, fringe is back, and it’s the new summer jacket to be seen in. My beauty has a hefty price tag to go with the buttery suede (£2050!), so I’ve searched for other alternatives which are still staples but at slightly lighter prices. Enter this Ganni beauty. A leather wonder made by the coolest of cool people from Copenhagen. This is the one to wear with jeans and a tee, your slip dresses, milkmaid dresses…it goes with them all!

Those boho style tops are key for summer, and a simple one like this will be the one you wear over and over again. Teamed with your Re/Done jeans and By Far mules (see last week’s picks below), it’s the perfect weekend pub look.

The only word needed to describe these jeans: cool. Laid-back L.A. vibes with a vintage finish and slouchy fit. Re/Done are the denim gods, and I know this, having lived in a couple of its styles for the last two years now. Team these with some By Far kitten heels and a super basic tee for ultimate cool-girl vibes.

Jewellery is going colourful this season and in a big way. Multicoloured microbeads wrapped around your neck, wrists and ankles is a way of keeping that chic jeans-and-a-white-tee combination a little more exciting.

I’m a huge fan of the brand, and you’ll often catch me running around in its ’90s inspired designs, which seem to be going with most of my S/S 19 looks so far. These linen kitten heels are the perfect pair for those day-to-night moments.

Next up, see inside Monikh’s wardrobe. And check back next week for her latest shopping picks.