17 Readers Share What They’re Actually Buying for Summer

Let’s be honest. Times are tough, and most consumers aren’t shopping on a whim, especially when social-distancing measures are still in place. So it begs the question what is worth buying for the summer? While we’re here to inform you that some of last year’s trends will still be in style, for those of you who want a few pieces for your summer wardrobe, it’s going to be more important than ever to shop versatile summer staples and invest in pieces that you’ll wear forever. If you’re still unsure about what to buy, ahead, in search of an answer to what’s worth shopping for this summer, we spoke with 17 Who What Wear readers to share what they’re actually buying (and why). Your updated summer shopping list lies ahead.

Who: Jeannine Roxas

What she’s shopping for summer: Low-heel sandals

Why: “Low-heel sandals are a summer shopping essential. They’re perfect with

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Sanya Poised to Boom as China’s Summer Shopping Destination

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SHANGHAI — Sun, sand, sea and shop.

Sanya has figured perennially over the last few decades as one of China’s top holiday destinations, but this summer the beachy area on the island of Hainan is expected to pull in an especially young, moneyed crowd — and brands and retailers are taking note.

Over the May 1 Labor holiday, China Duty Free locations in Hainan island including the world’s largest single-building duty-free location in Sanya pulled in 300 million renminbi, or $42 million, from 70,000 visitors. While that was an encouraging sign already of a bounce back, on June 1, the central government announced its new plan to further develop the Hainan economy. Among the extensive measures is to more than triple the per person duty-free shopping allowance from 30,000 renminbi to 100,000 renminbi.

Domestic spending in mainland China overall is benefiting from

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Best offers on clothing from Nike, Asos, H&M and more

The coronavirus pandemic has meant all non-essential businesses have been closed since lockdown began on 23 March.

It’s had a detrimental impact on fashion shops across the UK. B2B magazine, Drapers reported in-store sales have dropped 84 per cent compared to 2019, and – despite online grocery sales surging – for the rest of the retail landscape things also look bleak.

Debenhams is closing five more stores across the UK, while Oasis and Warehouse have both permenantly closed after administraitors failed to find a buyer, which also includes around 2,000 jobs losses.

That said, prime minister Boris Johnson has announced all non-essential retailers will be able to reopen in England from 15 June, a move which will include clothes shops, in the latest easing of lockdown restrictions.

As an army of shops prepare to open their doors to the public for the first time in months, many

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Black-Owned Fashion Brands and Boutiques to Support Now and Forever

In the wake of recent events—most recently the murders of George FloydAhmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor—many people, including the Who What Wear editorial team, have been asking what they can do. Aurora James, the founder and designer of Brother Vellies, answered that question by creating the 15% Pledge, which calls major retailers to pledge 15% of their shelf space to Black-owned businesses. Swipe through her Instagram post below to read more about the reasoning and impact.

But what if you’re an individual? You can put pressure on these major retailers by contacting the company or commenting on their social posts. You can also consider dedicating 15% or more of your personal fashion spending to Black-owned brands.

It’s also important to note that the financial impact of COVID-19 has generally hit Black-owned brands harder than others, as illustrated in the graphic below by Mona Chalabi

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