The Muddy edit: 30 hottest summer pieces from Next
Whether you're heading to the beach, on a chic city break or sipping Pimm's at a garden party - here's how to do it in style with Muddy ed-in-chief Hero Brown's picks, all new-in at Next.
in the bag
I’m forever looking for a beach bag to fit all of the necessities (bikini, suncream, magazines, towel, hip flask…) and this one in playful tropical print is the perfect size.
This 100% cotton coverup reminds me of crashing surf with it’s blue ombre design – perfect for throwing on around the pool or on the beach.
I’m a go big or go home type of girl when it comes to sunglasses and these oversized frames are a steal at under £20.
Bright florals, flattering fit and no strappy tan lines. Love, love and LOVE. Pair with denim shorts and you’re ready to roll off the sand and into the nearest beach bar.
I love the vintage Hollywood vibes of this floppy woven sun hat – just add sunnies to channel Audrey Hepburn.
These shorts are ideal for the beach with their cooling cotton/linen fabric and flattering paperbag waist. Add the matching co-ord jacket to take the look from sand to street (you have to come home at some point – sorry).
A striped blue shirt is this summer’s MVP (seriously, they’re sold out everywhere) but Next has come to the rescue with this pullover option. With denim shorts and shades, it’s very French-girl-chic.
Available in five colours (black, red, yellow, blue and – my favourite – this vibrant green), this babydoll-style smock dress with pretty broderie detail is perfect for a beach bar sundowner or picnic.
Cool and comfy, linen trousers are a summer wardrobe staple and this pair, blended with viscose, score Muddy points for style and value for money. (Don’t fancy navy? You can choose from seven other colours).
More of a sunbather than a swimmer? Ditto! Which is why I’m going wild for this bandeau bikini in striking blue leopard print.
Top £22, Briefs £15
Crisp, white denim is always a winner for summer in my book (just stay away from the Negronis). Kudos for the pleasingly inclusive range of size too, from XXS to 4XL.
Summer is the perfect time to experiment with colour and this clashing pink and red shirt dress with flattering tie waist is the way to do it!
Checked out the Own. denim range sold exclusively at Next? You should! The collection features a range of fits in inclusive sizes including this straight-leg pair inspired by Nineties design.
Raffia bags are a perennial summer accessories trend and I love this 2022 update with a pop of green leather. Very cool.
Striking the perfect balance between statement and simple, these chunky platform gladiator-style sandals with buckle detail with go with pretty much anything. Bonus points for the comfy Memory Foam layer.
If you’re looking for something you’ll wear over and over again, my pick is this khaki shirt dress – it’s super versatile and packing cool creds with the utilitarian detail.
A chic city break calls for an equally chic lippy for the occasion and my pick is this one from Chanel with new moisturising formula and slimline casing, ideal for popping in your handbag when you’re on the go.
Bottomless brunch, exploring the city, drinks at a rooftop bar – this broderie trim midi dress is the perfect fit for every occasion. Style up with a bright heel or down with sleek sandals.
If you want to start experimenting a little more with your accessories this summer, these subtly mismatched earrings are a great place to start with one pearl and one gold hoop.
I love a good fashion collab and this one between Lipsy and print/fashion designer Mary Katranzou is full of dreamy florals. This short sleeve midi has summer soiree written all over it (I’m thinking Henley Regatta with a glass of fizz to accessorise).
pretty in pink
Beaded accessories are a style win this summer and this delicate bracelet with heart pendant is a steal.
Summer party prep
Guess how much you get for you money with this Summer Essentials Beauty Box – go on, guess! A whopping £95 worth of products from big-name brands including thisworks, Smashbox, NEOM, Iconic, Delilah, Jean Paul Gaultier and more.
With its subtle flora print and floaty cape at the back, this maxi dress has an effortless feel, with just the right amount of boho. Add a swipe of glitter and chunky boots you’re festival ready.
A silver clutch is a party season perennial, and this one with bar clasp and handy internal pockets is a no brainer at under £30.
Does the thought of wearing strappy sandals all day make you quiver? Meet your new BFF – the mule! I find stilettos painful to wear (I know, the irony) but this white platform pair with on-trend square toe is the perfect summer shoe – plus I’ll be able to stand in them for hours!
Some dresses just make you feel great, and I love the vibrant colour, romantic puff sleeves and floaty design of this pretty summer frock. Best dressed wedding guest guaranteed.
Now this is black done right for the summertime! Wide legs and a lightweight linen-blend to keep you cool, not forgetting the totally chic high neck and flattering belt.
go for gold
For summer parties on the lawn you can’t go wrong with a wedge (no sinking heels) and these ones have a lovely summery feel with the espadrille detail.
Lady in leather
Who says you can’t wear leather in summer?! This beige number is butter-soft and is perfect for breezy summer evenings when the party goes on ’til late.