Editor’s picks: 10 essentials to add to your summer wardrobe rotation

Sunny staples


By Sarah Hani Jamil

Editor’s picks: 10 essentials to add to your summer wardrobe rotation

Since it’s perpetually summer all year round in Malaysia, you might wonder if a summer essentials list is necessary. I believe it is. Fashion comes in cycles, and while we encourage expressing individuality over following trends, new ‘seasons’ inevitably bring fresh releases for us to explore. However, it’s important to pick timeless essentials that you’ll re-wear time and time again. Moreover, if you frequently travel abroad for your holidays, dressing appropriately for the weather will undoubtedly help you fit in, feel uplifted, and stay comfortable.

Prada, currently the second hottest brand according to the Lyst Q1 2024 index—just below its younger sister Miu Miu—offers a summer line that isn’t defined by trends but by the expression of originality. This collection blurs the lines between masculine and feminine, day and night, past and future. The pieces reflect the contradiction found at the intersection of elegance and sports, a fundamental principle Prada introduced to fashion in the 1990s. This inspiration leads to a reconsideration of form and function through innovative materials. Throughout the collection, there is a sense of classicism. Familiar items are revisited and transformed, all reinterpreted through the unique lens of Prada. Ahead, you’ll find my favourite picks.


Buckle bag 

“There’s a unique detail on this piece that instantly caught my eye. True to its name, a buckle-like structure envelops the top of the bag, giving it a distinct shape just like how a belt would. This contemporary touch sets it apart. The belt is interchangeable, allowing you to customise it according to your taste. The classic black version is timeless and versatile. The roomy tote shape makes it an indispensable essential in your bag rotation, while the wide centre pocket offers ample space for all your necessities. Whether you’re heading to the office, running errands, or enjoying a casual day out, this bag effortlessly combines style and functionality, making it a perfect addition to your collection”



Cotton cardigan

“This cardigan is ideal for those chilly moments—whether you’re driving in your car, shopping at the mall, working, or caught in a breeze. It exudes retro charm with its intricate intarsia knit pattern, complemented by ribbed knit trim and hem. The refined gold buttons on the front add a touch of sparkle, while the iconic fabric triangle logo at the back lends a signature designer flair. Wear it over a simple blouse for a polished office ‘fit or pair it with jeans for a casual, yet sophisticated look.”



Crochet headband

Girlhood remains a trend we fully embrace, and headbands play a significant role in this. As a staple in Prada’s accessory collection, they now come in a delightful baby blue tone reminiscent of a bright, sunny day. This headband evokes an air of schoolgirl luxury while maintaining a classic and ladylike appeal. The volume adds boldness, akin to a modern-day tiara. It’s the perfect accessory for a bad hair day, with its crochet finish adding an extra touch of detail and charm.”


Printed nylonette midi skirt

“It’s the season of romance, and florals surely elevate the allure. This skirt captures a retro charm with its mini poppy floral prints and a full, billowing silhouette. At the same time, it’s modernised with durable nylon fabric. Beneath, a built-in petticoat ensures you never have to worry about accidental see-through moments. It’s a perfect blend of nostalgic elegance and contemporary appeal, making it a must-have for your romantic wardrobe.”



Re-Edition 1978 medium Re-Nylon and Saffiano leather bag

“If the silhouette feels familiar, you’re spot-on—it’s an archival piece revamped with a timeless allure in Prada’s Re-Nylon line. Crafted from regenerated nylon in a sophisticated camel hue, it’s tastefully accented with pink Saffiano leather, adding a touch of distinction to its design. The bag is further punctuated by a charming pink enamel triangle logo on its front. Adding to its versatility is a detachable leather strap, offering multiple styling options. With a width of 30cm, it boasts ample space for all your essentials, making it both practical and stylish for any occasion.”


Crochet belt

“Coming in this lovely blue shade—just like the headband earlier on this list—this belt makes a perfectly matching accessory. It features a charming crochet design that adds a touch of artisanal elegance. The metal buckle is a standout detail, highlighting the iconic triangle logo in light blue. This belt not only complements the headband beautifully but also adds a cohesive, stylish touch to any outfit.”


Crochet tote

“Nothing says summer quite like a light crochet tote bag, perfect for stashing all your holiday essentials—whether it’s a book, an iPad, an extra change of clothes, slippers, or snacks. Crafted with raffia-effect yarn, this tote exudes the ideal summer aesthetic. The large, embroidered Prada logo on the front adds a touch of sophistication and enhances the silhouette. Spacious and stylish, it effortlessly combines functionality with high fashion, making it your go-to accessory for beach trips, picnics, or casual outings.”


Re-Edition 1978 Re-Nylon mini pouch

“The Prada nylon bucket bags remain a fashion craze, and you won’t want to miss out on this even cooler mini version in a striking lime shade. Made with innovative regenerated nylon, this pouch is refined with charming details such as leather trimmings, silver hardware, and an eye-catching bejewelled wristlet. Compact yet chic, this pick is perfect for adding a pop of colour to any outfit.”



Checked cotton bandana top

“Perfect for a no-frills humid day, this top is made from breathable cotton material and features a straight strapless neckline, and a slim-fit cut that accentuates all the right curves on your body. Its minimalist design makes it an easy choice for a beach outing—just wear it over your bikini. The checked pattern is reminiscent of vintage pocket squares, adding a clever touch of nostalgia to the design. Overall, this pick effortlessly combines simplicity with subtle sophistication, ensuring you stay stylish and comfortable all season long.”



Velvet slides

“These sandals are perfect for sliding on and off at the pool or beach. While they have a sporty appearance, the refined touch of velvet makes them elegant enough to be worn for dinner and cocktails. The design features metal buckles for a chic accent, complemented by comfortable rubber soles for all-day wear.”


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