White, cream, peach, grey and black.

“Those colours elevate everything,” says Sydney-based fashion stylist Jess Pecoraro of her summer colours. “They’re also great for mixing, matching and layering. It’s much easier to layer pieces together and interchange them when they’re generally the same colours.”

She says summer means neutral tones; breezy natural fabrics, such as cotton and linen, in simple, classic cuts; and statement accessories to keep your wardrobe looking fresh all season.

“You’d rather just buy one amazing piece than five average pieces,” she says. “You want things you can throw on to look really chic without trying.”

We asked Pecoraro for her five wardrobe staples to invest in this summer.

A light-coloured, lightweight suit
“I’m definitely a fan of separates over dresses or jumpsuits as I think you get more wear out of them,” she says. “So, a lightweight cream suit – or anything really light and fresh – with a double-breasted jacket and a matching pant is my pick.”

A belted blazer and high-waisted pants fit the brief perfectly and can be worn as a set in the office, then split up for a night out or to wear on the weekend.

“On the weekend, you could wear the blazer with denim shorts and a T-shirt, for example, then have your full suit for during the week.”

Long, tailored shorts
The right pair of shorts can also work day or night. Pecoraro suggests opting for a fitted waist and cut that drops to the knee.

“I’m definitely a fan of that ... [it’s] nice during the day with a flat shoe and then in the evening with a higher heel,” she says.

A classic tote
A large, neutral-toned tote bag – such as Oroton’s medium-sized white leather Klara bag – is “something you can pop to the beach with but then also take to the evening,” she says. “I’d steer away from the black. For people that do want a darker colour, khaki is fresh and summery – not too heavy.”

The right accessories
“Accessories are a good way to add something to an outfit that’s a bit more fun – especially if you do a have a simple [base],” says Pecoraro.

She says chunky necklaces or bracelets are an easy way to elevate a lo-fi look, along with the right pair of sunnies.

“Every outfit can be super-cool the minute you pop on a pair of sunnies,” she says. “I like a square shape – not too big but slightly pointy on the ends. That cat-eye square look is quite modern without being too out there.”

Shoe-wise, Pecoraro opts for a pair of plain leather slides during the day and strappy sandals with mid-sized heels (not stilettos) at night “to give you height without looking nanna-ish”.

A scarf with a print pattern can be another way to add a splash of colour to an outfit.

Basic cotton tees
The final piece of the summer-wardrobe puzzle: a selection of plain T-shirts.

“They’re things you can have throughout the year as well,” says Pecoraro. “I usually wear men’s T-shirts because they sit higher on your collarbone. White is a must. I think white, grey and black are best, but in summer I tend to go white.”

Her other rules? “Thick cotton. Nothing with jersey – nothing stretchy. They need to be 100 per cent cotton.”

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Oroton.